A Polish ship is to call at the port of Edinburgh again. You will hear it from afar – there will be a groan, a wail and the muffled sound of a head hitting a wall coming from it. After a year of absence, the Arka Theatre crew will moor in the world capital of theatre with their Ship of Fools.
The actors of the Arka Theatre from Wrocław performed Ball at Hawking’s for two weeks as part of the Festival Fringe in July 2013. The story of a fight against the stereotypes of the disabled interweaved with grotesque visions of the Eastern European reality raised a lot of interest. After the festival, the artists were invited for five performances at the Jasmine Street Creative Lab in London.
Richard Demarco, the creator of the Festival Fringe, has again invited the Polish artists. This time they will perform as part of Performing in Space in Edinburgh.
This year, we’re coming on board the Ship of Fools, a performance which caused quite a stir in my country – says Renata Jasińska, the Arka Theatre’s director. – I have heard some opinions from certain reviewers that they felt ‘shot by the performance’.
The Ship of Fools raises the subject of disability, but this isn't its only axis – it provokes questions about morality, and it speaks bluntly about psychical and physical violence, rape and the marginalization of people rejected by society.
There will be no review today. After this performance I am not able to write anything. Nothing will ever be the same as before… – we can read in one of many reviews.
The audience coming to Edinburgh from all over the world is prepared for an intense artistic experience. Will everything remain the same after the November performance of the Arka Theatre?