Dorota Masłowska’s Między Nami Dobrze Jest directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna will be performed at the legendary Romanian Comedy Theatre at the closing ceremony of the festCO festival.
Dorota Masłowska’s Między Nami Dobrze Jest (editor’s translation: All’s Good Between Us) directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna is one of the greatest hits of the TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw – it has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, and has received numerous awards.
Między Nami Dobrze Jest, directed by Polish theatre director Grzegorz Jarzyna, is based on the book by Dorota Masłowska, a nominee of the prestigious NIKE Literary Award. It is a funny and moving portrait of a divided Polish society, overwhelmed by the burden of a traumatic history, torn between national pride and a sense of shame. With crazy language, full of ingenuity, and razor-sharp humour, Masłowska portrays modern Poland, where nouveau, pseudo-artists and celebrities meet disappointed youth and people from the working class on the verge of poverty. Everyone is struggling to hang on in this toxic mixture of commercialism, nationalism and an idealised tragic past.
Other Polish notes will include performative readings of three Polish dramas in Romanian translation: Masłowska’s A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians, Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s Szajba (Insanity) and Michał Walczak’s Amazonia; panels with the playwrights; as well as acting workshops led by Grzegorz Jarzyna and the Polish actors Robert Wasiewicz and Dorota Porowska-Podleśna, and an exhibition of Polish theatre poster in the foyer of the Comedy Theatre.
The festCo festival will present the best of theatre from Romania and around the globe. During the The Romanian Comedy Gala the best performer, directors, actors and set designers will be awarded for their hard work. This year, Jarzyna will be lifetime artistic achievement award. festCo will also include a number of accompanying events such as concerts, fashion shows, film screening and happenings.
festCO was established in 2003 by famous Romanian actor and director of the Comedy Theatre in Bucharest, George Mihăiţă. It’s goal is to promote Romanian theatre and provide a cultural context for excellent comedy shows in Bucharest. In 2006, the festival began awarding prizes in a comedy competition and a dramatic competition, which helped discover and promote new talents in contemporary comedy. In 2017, FestCO became truly international when performances from China and the USA were included in the main programme.
Find out more: www.festco.ro
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is the production partner of the Polish programme at the festCO festival as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multiannual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2021.
Source: press materials, compiled by PB, translated by PB, May 2018