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„#Tagged” – online preview in the Child in a situation project

On Wednesday 12 May we presented, for the first time in Poland,  “Tagged” – a play about a growing problem of violence, not only among young people. The first preview of the play by Dave Deveau took place online in the Child in a situation project. The play was directed, as usual on a voluntary basis, by director Ewa Pilawska. Original workshops prepared by Andrzej Jakubas are the integral part of the spectacle. Tickets for the online presentation cost symbolic 20 groszy.

The play by Dave Deveau shows modern reality. – A group of teenagers from good families meet at a party. When one of the girls loses consciousness her friends decide to have a laugh at her expense. They put a vulgarism at her forehead and then take pictures in sexy positions. Later they put the photos on the internet and in social media. Suddenly an anonymous person, without her knowledge and permission, becomes known all over the world – she is humiliated and hated and stigmatized – Ewa Pilawska says.

This story is only a pretext to tell about something wider, about a mechanism of escalating violence. About brutality, ruthlessness, loss of human feelings, lack of empathy. It all comes easier and easier in the times of the internet when – with a few clicks – we can humiliated and destroy somebody. A rumour, a trace, an insinuation is enough – Ewa Pilawska underlines. – Of course each period is specific and has its dark  sides. One of our greatest problems now is a pursuit of the sensational at all costs – hence quick headlines, false affairs and scandals, attempts  to discredit others. And above all – our image on the net has become crucial: it is not only young people who fight for “likes” and as many “followers” as possible. It is not important who we are  any more – now it is important how we function on the internet and with what tags we can be described – says she. – However the spectacle gives us some hope that we are not unpunished in this hatred, that there comes the time in law and technology when haters will be accounted for what they do and punished – Ms Pilawska says.

“Tagged” is the tenth premiere in the Child of the situation project whose author, Ewa Pilawska, has always directed plays on a voluntary basis. The project consists of plays and workshops prepared by Andrzej Jakubas who moderates them together with  different areas’ specialists (that depends on the subject of the play) – a psychologist, philosopher, sex educator, alpinist.

During the pandemic the project’s presentations are very popular on the internet. Powszechny Theatre in Łódź gives the shows on a daily basis, sometimes even twice a day. The spectators see the play online and then take part in the internet workshops (Teams/Zoom).  Young people from all over the country join us regularly.

Dave Deveau
Translated by: Elżbieta Woźniak
Directed by: Ewa Pilawska
Workshops prepared by: Andrzej Jakubas
Set design and costumes: Wojciech Stefaniak
Choreography: Jarosław Staniek
Music (and recordings): Bartosz Adamiak
Ligths: Łukasz Broniewski
Cast: Małgorzata Goździk, Marta Jarczewska, Michał Lacheta
with a special appearance of Paulina Nadel and Diana Krupa, Karolina Krawczyńska, Sebastian Jasnoch and Jakub Kryształ