“All About My Mother” at the Festival

This was the second show of this year's edition of the Festival. “All About My Mother” produced by Łaźnia Nowa Theatre from Cracow and directed by Michał Borczuch gathered large crowds and got a long ovation. Thank you!

The play “All About My Mother” is based on two true stories. The stories of the death of Michał Borczuch’s and Krzysztof Zarzecki’s mothers. It is a process of restoring memories and emotions and at the same time a certain therapy when you realize how unreliable your memory can be. May blurred and very personal memories be clear and intelligible for other people? Can you present on stage private experiences in a way they touch others? Is it OK to confront your personal histories with other people? How to do it in order to avoid banality and emotionalism?

Łukasz Drewniak was a moderator of the meeting with the spectacle's creators that took place after the show. Michał Borczuch said that the authors tried to verify how much they could say about their mothers only on the base of the memories. Do they remember something more than the fact their mothers used blue eye shadow? Or were they just ordinary women? The creators also told how they worked on the spectacle. First Borczuch and Zarzecki talked to each other about their memories. Then there was a collision of true stories with the actresses. And finally Tomasz Śpiewak worked on the text from a dramaturgic point of view. The title “All About My Mother” refers to Pedro Almodóvar’s film. The heroins have their names taken from the film and the spectacle is a tribute to the famous Spanish director who tells stories about all women but at the same time about the only one the most important woman.

Tomasz Śpiewak
“All About My Mother”
Director: Michał Borczuch
Set design: Dorota Nawrot
Music: Bartosz Dziadosz
Lightning director: Jacqueline Sobiszewski
Cast: Dominika Biernat, Iwona Budner, Monika Niemczyk, Marta Ojrzyńska, Halina Rasiakówna, Krzysztof Zarzecki, Ewelina Żak