I must confess I’m a bit reluctant to post about our other play for this season.
Not because I don’t like it, but because It’s been a bit of a media storm around it – and not in a good way.The poster for “The Grounds on Fire” (Marken brinner).
If you been anywhere near a Swedish newspaper the last month, you probably read about it.
I wont’t comment on it, but instead just show you some picture and a quick synopsis of the plays theme.
The play’s about racism and structural un-justice from the view of the oppressed. The actors on stage give voices to the words of the people living on the edge of society.
photos: Marcus Gårder
The miniature of the scenografi.
Some of the banners the kids in the audience helped invent.
We got lots of great ones like: Stop Racism everywhere, Every flowers a different color, All Love is beautiful and so on.
Our banner “ung scen/öst aganist racism”
“Do you really whan’t to mess with me…”
One of the plays I’ve been working with this autumn are
“The hidden archives of my heart” (“Mitt hjärtas okända arkiv”),
which is described as “a poetic office drama” about people in the last stages of un-employment (Fas 3).
(This “Fas” is the last resource for the employment service to get people working, by hiring them out to anyone who’s got the most un-necessary chore to do. The new boss gets lots of money from the employee service for “giving people work”, and the new employee gets less the minimum wage and a frustrating job with useless chores that don’t even needs to be done.
The two characters “the Despaired” and “the Poet” meets in a dull office environment, and soon their different ways to view the world begins to expand and change.
“Wheres does Mount Everest begins?” asks the Poet, and throws paper confetti in the air to simulate a snow storm.
Everything seems fine until suddenly a crazy salesman enters the stage, desperate to earn some money by selling his vacumme cleaners.
“Let me just show you really quick how this vacuume-cleaner works…”
And from there anything can happen…
Photos by: Marcus Gårder
The play are written for kids ages 10-13 and despite the heavy subject and adult world they love it.
I love it too.
It is such a complex and sad story, about adults who never will get a “real” job but are stuck in a world of
un-employment, loneliness and desperation.
But it is also very, very funny.
The actors (Stina Von Sydow, Ludwig Bertling Wiik and Martin Waerme) does such a good job both charming the kids, and portraying the characters, that you leave the theater feeling really happy (but also a bit sad). 1 hour till show, time to get the hair just right…