Written by Justyna Lipko-Konieczna, Justyna Sobczyk
Directed by Justyna Sobczyk
The starting point for this show was a protest organised by people with disabilities and their parents which began in the Polish Parliament on 18 April 2018 and lasted for forty days. The performance is not a reconstruction of those events, but rather a play on the meanings and emotions of that time. The protest, witnessed by the entire country, ended in disappointment and was a painful testimony to the marginalisation of people with disabilities.
Archival materials including banners, letters and postcards written to and by the protestors will be used by the actors to ask questions about what happened in the Parliament, about the image of people with disabilities in Poland and, finally, about whether the community can unite around a common cause.
The show is based on improvisations by the actors and is part of Crossing The Line, a pan-European theatre Festival celebrating artists with intellectual disabilities. Produced by Galway’s Blue Teapot Theatre Company, it will run from 20-23 May 2020.