Preview of „1, 2, 3, You Are Dead”

What pushes people towards evil? Where is evil born? Are people evil by nature? On 1 April on our Small Stage we presented the spectacle „1, 2, 3, You Are Dead” directed by Arkadiusz Wójcik. The spectacle was a part of an all-Polish action „Touch the Theatre 2017”.

The performance was produced by Arkadiusz Wójcik together with charges of MONAR Association (non-governmental organization focused on helping drug addicts, the homeless, those who are HIV positive or who have AIDS) whom he had been conducted workshops with for several months. It is the second spectacle produced together with MONAR within the „Touch the Theatre” action. On 1 and 2 April there were also two actors who appeared on the stage – Natalia Łągiewczyk and Wojtek Marcinkowski.

The spectacle was inspired by tragic events of 2002 in Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt (Germany). There was a massacre then in which 17 people were shot dead. A 19-year-old recently expelled student killed 13 teachers, 2 students and a police officer and then committed suicide. The spectacle showed social mechanisms that led to a tragedy by marginalizing „otherness”.

The authors of the play referred to a book „The Rites of Passage” („Les rites de passages”) by Arnold van Geppen in which he reconstructed many events from a man's life according to a initiatory scheme. The aim of referring to the etnographer's book was to show that each individual could change his consciousness and a way of thinking as a result of social mechanisms that had been imposed on him.

Director, script, set design: Arkadiusz Wójcik
Music: Bartosz Adamiak
Lightning: Sylwester Wilk, Łukasz Broniewski
Cast: Natalia Łągiewczyk, Wojtek Marcinkowski, Arkadiusz Wójcik and charges of MONAR Association's Centre for Treatment, Therapy and Rehabilitation of the Addicted in Łódź

Photo Katarzyna Bąba