Guest performance of the Drunks

Guest performance of the Drunks

The Tompa Miklós Company of the National Theatre of Târgu Mures is presenting a guest performance entitled the Drunks by Ivan Vyrypaev, directed by Radu Afrim on the 3rd April at 7 p.m.

Young girls, models, newlyweds, middle-aged spouses, bank managers, festival managers, betrayed husbands and wives, fourteen men and women of different ages and ranks, all together talk about the world and our lost values in Drunks.

The author of the work, a progenitor of the Russian New Drama movement and founder of the Oxygen art movement, experiments with a theatrical language based on a completely new aesthetic: although it speaks of the harsh reality that surrounds us, it reintroduces poetry back into the theatre. Ivan Vyrypaev is not an unknown name for the audience of Sfântu Gheorghe, as three of his plays have been staged recently by the Tamási Áron Theatre: Illusions and Oxygen, directed by Tibor Pálffy, and Iranian Conference, directed by László Bocsárdi.

Radu Afrim creates real life situations in which the actors talk about their dilemmas in the strange state of drunkenness: Who is not afraid of death? What do faith in God, human fidelity and love mean today, when the everyday experience is not living transcendence but an aspiration to it? How could one live without lies? The answer obviously depends on us.

Krisztina Szepesi, theatre critic, wrote about the performance after the guest performance in Kisvárda: “I watch with apathetic serenity the excellent actors on stage and how amazingly they treat their bodies, their voices, their projected thoughts, each other, each other’s bodies, objects, rhythm, which is not always the same as mine but that’s okay, and the air around them in general.”