Can you imagine the great Shakespeare's text used not literal, but as “a variation on the theme”? Of course it is possible. Provided that this is actually a variation on the theme, that it creates a new emotional landscape while maintaining the spirit of the original. That's the ”Midsummer Night's Dream” proposed by the “Ark” Theatre in Wroclaw.
The world completely detached from the reality – the confined space of a sick imagination – reality of a dream. This reality is a branch of a psychiatric hospital – the place of drama action. Creators of the show present a psychological study of patients and, on the other hand, doctors, including the chief of the hospital, who manipulate them.
That spectacle of selfishness and perdition of empathy, taking place in a “territory of peace and safety” where there should be no trace of cynicism, and understanding and good will should appear as a standard.
The screenplay was written by Sebastian Kubicz – the resident of a psychiatric hospital at the isolation ward. He suffers from one of the most mysterious and frightening illnesses – schizophrenia. Heroes of Kubicz are the patients of the psychiatric hospital. Sensitivity resulting from diseases both their weakness and their power. It is thanks to it Titania and Puck are able to overcome scheming crook-chief of hospital – Oberon.
The show is worthy to watch, as it pertains to issues that go beyond the hospital. Applies to humanity as a whole. This applies to the whole of society and all of us.
Difficult questions were raised in a simple way. Noteworthy is both great acting and great music by Jack Zamecki and – as always – brilliant direction by Renata Jasińska. Shakespeare's story was told with passion, but also with a sense of humor. Optimistic it is the general message: despite the enormity of suffering, dignity of the individual was saved.
Scenario – Sebastian Kubicz
Direction – Renata Jasińska
Music – Jacek Zamecki
Stage designer – Elżbieta Roszczak
Beata Lech-Kubańska – Titania, patient of hospital
Agata Obłąkowska-Woubishet – Puck, patient of hospital
Sylwester Różycki – Oberon, chief of hospital, demon
Alexandre Marquezy – Helena, nurse, demon
Maciej Sosnowski – Demetrius, conductor, patient of hospital, bailiff, demon
Tomasz Żytka – Lysander, patient of hospital
Alicja Idasiak – Hermia, child
Teresa Trudzik – Helena
Dariusz Bajorczyk – Death, demon
Andrzej Kusiak – Demetrius II, patient of hospital