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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 10/11/2007

How courageous is Polish political theatre ?

In an interview with Joanna Derkaczew, theatre director and playwright Jan Klata asserts that the "angry outcry against [the previous ruling party] the PiS on Poland's stages has long since become conformist". "Is it courageous to throw plastic bags full of water at a Kaczynski puppet, as the actors in German director Nicolas Stemann's production at this year's festival in Bydgoszcz did ? ... Why are these supposedly incredibly daring plays against the threat of totalitarianism emerging only now that political theatre has become fashionable ? Even artists who normally only work in so-called intelligent plays about emotional life now feel obliged to lower themselves to the level of this political theatre, even though they really consider it to be the inferior, sillier form of theatre."

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