Powerful Messages Keep Rolling

In my opinion, having a mere poem, in this case it being an old "dusty" sonnet, and turning it into a visual action-full work of art can be a dreadful operation and not many would venture into doing it. Nevertheless, the writer of the script for this play not only had brains to do it so incredible and accessible to an impressive variety of people, but also ingeniously adapted it to the times we live in today, which made me realise how little the world around us changes no matter how many wars and peace treaties we go through.

The performance originally starts with an actor having a noose around his neck and rope wrapped around his head all the way from the neck to the top. He starts uttering some of the sonnet's verses as the rope slowly starts to lift ad unravel the features of his face. As the music begins, more and more actors start invading the scene, each singing a specific verse. When one of the actors pops a balloon imprinted with the map of the globe, everything goes silent and the digital clock showing 66:00 starts ticking backwards, the actors exiting the scene. The short "acts" that follow up try to prove that some of the oldest world problems/issues, these being expressed by one verse at a time, are still taking place nowadays and that no matter how much we try to overcome them, it's human nature to act like that. While the clock is ticking, the actors come and go, and with each moment the atmosphere intensifies, as the powerful messages keep rolling: controlling of the art, taming the fighters, running after false values and so on.

The final "act" of the play shows another invasion of the stage, actor by actor, each singing the same verse as in the beginning, proving the circularity of the poem and of the play, also emphasising the fact that the problems of this world never cease to exist.

Now, the general idea of the performance was that the universally known moral values are stained by the standards of society and transformed into kitsch. Moreover, no matter how democratic a country is aspiring to be, the leaders will always have a tendency towards mind control and a never ending power to influence the few remaining free thinkers of the world. One true fact that I found depicted in the play was that almost all scenes where authority figures were concerned they didn't have their share of poetic justice, which means to me that the script was written in a realistic way.

I truly believe that the role of the performance is to open our eyes to the still present problems around the world and to realise we should start doing something for a change.

Anca Vanghele

(Dincolo de scena)



As of January 1, 2018, I am no longer employed at the Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre, furthermore I have also resigned from my position as the artistic coordinator of TESZT festival.

We celebrated duly at the 10th anniversary of TESZT, as we felt it important to evaluate all previous editions. The fact that the open call for the 2018 edition attracted almost 300 applications, speaks volumes about how this festival has grown into a defining theatre event of the region, one that also draws considerable international attention.




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