On September 22, at 6:30 p.m., in conjunction with the celebration of the Hungarian Drama Day, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj will participate in the 14th dráMA Contemporary Theatre Encounter organized by the Tomcsa Sándor Theatre with the performance of Young Barbarians.
"For years, dráMA has been organized around Hungarian Drama Day, which this year falls on the Thursday of the festival week, so we want to place this commemorative day in a festive context", emphasize the organizers of the dráMA contemporary theatre meeting. This year, for the 14th time, the Tomcsa Sándor Theatre is organizing the festival from September 18-23, committing itself to gather together in one space exclusively Hungarian and Romanian contemporary texts stemming from Romania and Hungaria alike, a unique concept in Romania.
Directed by Attila Vidnyánszky Jr., the play is inspired by the lives of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, and is based on a text by Miklós H. Vecsei and improvisations by the creative team, in co-production with the Gyula Castle Theatre. The production will be performed in the studio space built on the stage of the Tomcsa Sándor Theatre.
Cluj audiences will be able to see the performance on the eve of Hungarian Drama Day on Wednesday, September 20, at 7 pm in the Studio Hall of the theatre.
The two main characters of the performance are portrayed by Éva Imre and Ervin Szűcs, with additional roles being played by Csilla Albert, Balázs Bodolai, Loránd Farkas, Zsolt Gedő, Zsuzsa Tőtszegi and Lóránd Váta; four young folk dancers are also included in the play: Katalin-Bíborka András, Ágnes Lakatos, Nimród-Károly Kacsó and Hunor Vincze-Pistuka.
Éva Imre won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for her portrayal of Barbarian B. at the 44th edition of the Guild of Theatre Critics’s Award.
She was nominated was nominated for the 2022 Best Actress in a Leading Role Award by the Romanian Theatre Association (UNITER) for the same role, her performance also being recognized by the Artistic and Social Advisory Board of Gyula Castle Theatre, who awarded her the Lajos Őze Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts for her original and complex rendition of Béla Bartók.
A special feature of the Young Barbarians is the live accompaniment and performance by the Tokos Band: Csongor Attila Tókos, Albert Vajas, Gyula Bálint Szép, Kristóf Szakács, Zsombor Bálint.
The creative team also includes: Csaba Csíki (set designer), Zsuzsanna Cs. Kiss (costume designer), Dávid Mester (musical director), István Berecz (choreographer) as well as Emőke Veres (assistant director).
Tickets for the Odorheiu Secuiesc performance of Young Barbarians can be purchased exclusively at the Sándor Tomcsa Theatre’s box office, on weekdays between 11 am and 2 pm and 3 pm and 5 pm respectively.
Tickets for the Cluj performances can be purchased at the theatre’s box office (weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm) as well as online at www.biletmaster.ro.