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Slovak National Theatre

Valeria Schulczová, Roman Olekšák: The natives

The Natives is the second Schulczová – Olekšák play – following Leni – commissioned by the SND Drama.

Tuesday 12. December 2017 - 19:00 Detail Buy the ticket
Tuesday 19. December 2017 - 19:00 Detail Buy the ticket

Premiere: 3 and 4 Juni 2017 News Building, Drama Stage

Inszenierung: Tilmann Kőhler
Dramaturgy: Darina Abrahámová, Miriam Kičiňová
Set design: Karoly Risz
Costumes: Katarína Holková
Martin Hasák
Gabriela Dzuríková
Monika Potokárová
Zuzana Fialová
Petra Vajdová, Edita Borsová
Anna Javorková
Branislav Bystriansky
Richard Stanke
Dominika Žiaranová, ako hosť
Dušan Jamrich
Diana Mórová
František Kovár
Ľuboš Kostelný
Jozef Vajda
Jana Oľhová
Ján Greššo, ako hosť
Tomáš Maštalír
Martin Kochan, ako hosť
Adam Jančina, ako hosť

Central Slovakia. The First Republic Elementary School. The building which "remembers" – and apart from the church is the only building in the village of which the locals are proud. The school in which a couple of notable natives grew up. Maybe one of them has a monument and the village deals with the subversives who want to destroy it. It is early evening and in school gyms aerobics are underway – thought up by local women to finally help them lose weight, but mainly for them to have somewhere to conspire and gossip. A violent explosion interrupts everything. The startled woman do not know what could have exploded in the neighbourhood. Maybe a plane had crashed, or a gas main had exploded. Or a petrol station. Or what if war had broken out? It wasn’t far to Ukraine after all! Residents from around the nearby explosion start to head for the gym. As do people who were stopped in their tracks when the area was cordoned off. Tension appears, conspiracy theories abound, anti-government plots are resolved, the animosity and hatred surface. Above all – as a basic motive a large degree of intolerance and efforts to enforce their own truths loom. Retrospective optimism is mixed with radical views – from politics to the economy, from traditional families to refugees. The characters create opinion groups and always take others as a witness to their own truth, which is the only truth. This production is part of a long-term project in which we invite renowned foreign directors to premiere new Slovak works. This original Slovak play will be directed by German director Tillman Köhler.

Running time: 1 hr 40 mins with no interval



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