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Art Alert: Theatre TM from Poland to perform 'Out at Sea' at Cairo's Hanager Art Centre

‘Out at Sea’ by Polish playwright Sławomir Mrożek will be performed in Polish with English and Arabic translations

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Mar 2019
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Renowned Polish theatre troupe Teatr TM (Theatre TM) will stage ‘Out at Sea’ by Polish playwright Sławomir Mrożek on Friday 29 March at 8pm in Hanager Theatre in Cairo.

With entry free of charge, ‘Out at Sea’ will be performed in Polish language and accompanied by screening of Arabic and English translation.

“We are very happy to present Teatr TM in Cairo. The troupe consists of a number of renowned directors working with highly professional actors, many of whom have a large portfolio of work in Polish theatre, film and television. On the other hand, Sławomir Mrożek, one of Poland's internationally renowned playwrights of the 20th century, is not unknown to the Egyptian and Arab viewers. A number of his plays have been translated to Arabic, many of which were turned into theatre and radio plays. His humour and stylised language often serve as a witty commentary on many contemporary issues while remaining accessible to all audiences across the world,” Marta Teperska, the first secretary of the Polish embassy in Cairo.

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Photos from the rehearsals for 'Out at Sea' by Polish troupe TM Theatre (Photo: courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland)

Directed by Tomasz Mędrzak, the one-act play was written in 1961 and represents the absurd theatre of which Mrożek is one of the foremost Polish representatives.

The play features four actors: Tomasz Mędrzak in the role of Big, Agnieszka Sitek as Medium, Tomasz Dedek as Little and Maciej Damięcki as Postman/Butler.

"The protagonists of ‘Out at Sea’ are three survivors drifting on a raft in the middle of the sea. Deprived of food, they decide to eat one from among themselves. But which of them should it be? They decide to vote... The play is rich in funny dialogue and brilliant punches characteristic of Mrożek's canny philosophy and elegant jokes," the Polish embassy's statement said.

Mrożek (1930-2013) was a Polish writer, playwright, satirist and illustrator. He authored many satirical stories and dramatic works which tackle philosophical, political, moral and psychological issues. In 1963, Mrożek emigrated from Poland and spend years living in France, the United States, Germany, Italy and Mexico. Though in 1996 he returned to the home country, in 2008 he decided to settle in Nice, France, where he died in 2013.

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Photos from the rehearsals for 'Out at Sea' by Polish troupe TM Theatre (Photo: courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland)

Programme:

Friday 29 March, 8pm
Hanager Arts Centre's theatre hall - Cairo Opera House grounds, Cairo
free entry

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