With RE-ID and As You Always Do Gappad established a reputation for devised physical theatre which addresses issues affecting the Polish diaspora in Scotland. Its latest piece takes the company in a completely new direction.
Performer Agnieszka Bresler takes up the story: ‘Our past productions were co-devised and written by the company,’ she says. ‘Here we’re using a dramatic text which is concerned with more universal issues, but we only use about a third of the original play.’ The play, an absurdist drama by the Polish writer Tadeusz Rózewicz, was originally called Witnesses and concentrates on the lack of communication in the modern world, but more importantly the way in which appearances of stability become significant to us and the same old conversations create a fog that masks something darker.
Some interpretations of Rózewicz’s play, first produced in the 80s, see it as a metaphor for Cold War politics, but Bresler feels the piece still has resonance. ‘It’s just a man and a woman who might or might not be a married couple, but their personal issues reflect the state of modern society. We address the same meanings here, but with more physicality – it has been staged many times as a traditional play, but we want to express the same meanings visually and physically.’
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 6–Sat 9 May