Tadeusz Słobodzianek: Our Class


Słobodzianek's "Our Class" in Budapest as a part of Contemporary Drama Festival.

Saturday 3 December 2011, 7:00 pm

Theatre Katona József, Kamra

Budapest, V. Petőfi Sándor u. 6.


Hungarian press:

Tarján Tamás, Kultúra.hu
Urbán Balázs, szinhaz.net
Pethő Anita, napirutin.blogspot.com
Sándor L. István, ellenfeny.hu
Ugrai István, 7ora7.hu


Playwright, director, theatre critic. Born on April 26, 1955 in Yeniseysk, Siberia. His parents were deported to Siberia in 1944

The Słobodzianek family returned to Poland in 1955 and settled in Białystok. After completing his high school education in 1974, Słobodzianek studied Theatre Studies at the Polish Philology Department at the Jagiellonian University (1974-1979). As a theatre critic, he published his reviews, under the pseudonym of Jan Koniecpolski, in Kraków's biweekly "Student" (1978-1979) and "Polityka" (1979-1982).

Słobodzianek made his debut as a playwright with a play for children Historia o żebraku i osiołku / Story about a Beggar and a Donkey in 1980, while in 1982 as a director of Osmędeusze by Miron Białoszewski and Ludwik Hering at the Puppet Theatre in Białystok. Słobodzianek has performed numerous and various tasks including those of literary manager at the Wojciech Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz (1981-1982) and the Polish Theatre in Poznań (1982), programme consultant at the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź (1982 - 1983) and the Puppet Theatre in Białystok (1984-1989). In 1987, he earned a degree in puppet directing on extramural basis. He was a lecturer in the Puppet Department at the Academy of Theatre in Białystok (1988-1989), a literary manager at the "Miniatura" Theatre in Gdańsk (1989-1991), founder and vice-president of the Wierszalin Society - Theatre (1991-1993), Chairman of the "Wierszalin" Society Co., Ltd Management Board (1993-2003), playwright at the Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw (1994-1995) and Nowy Theatre in Łódź (1999-2003) and lecturer of "The Art of a Dialogue" at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw (2000-2003). In 2003, Słobodzianek founded Laboratorium Dramatu / Laboratory of Drama in Warsaw. It first operated at the National Theatre and since 2005 at the Society of Theatre Authors which associates writers of the young and middle generation. As the society's chairman, Słobodzianek devoted himself to the development and promotion of contemporary dramaturgy. Laboratorium organizes playwriting workshops and stages new performances. In 2009, Słobodzianek published the drama Nasza klasa / Our Class a shocking story about a group of classmates from 1925 up to our times, Poles and Jews those who play together later become perpetrators and victims. The play gained recognition in Poland, England and Israel. Since 2001 Słobodzianek has lectured at the Laboratory of Reportage at the Journalism Department at the University of Warsaw.

Słobodzianek is best known for his involvement in the Wierszalin Society, a private and professional theatre he cofounded with Piotr Tomaszuk and a group of actors in Supraśl, near Białystok, in 1991. This was a theatre of a clear artistic profile. It displayed puppet-actor performances filled with music and singing. The theatre drew inspiration from legends, folk stories of the region and, with time, of the entire Europe. Performances showed deep fascination with cultural and religious heritage of the Polish - Belarusian borderland.

Tadeusz Słobodzianek has received numerous national and international awards. The most significant ones include the Fringe First Award won with the Wierszalin Society at the Edinburgh festival in 1993 and 1995, "Polityka" Passport Award (1993), Stanisław Piętak Prize (1993) and the Kościelski Foundation Prize for lifetime achievements in drama and theatre arts. Most recently, on October 3, 2010, he received the "Nike" Literary Award for his book Nasza klasa / Our Class. On this occasion everyone emphasized the fact that it is the first drama to have won the prize. The Nike award is given every year in October for the best book of the past year. Its goal is to promote Polish literature, with a particular regard for the novel.

Source: culture.pl