Staged by Attila Vidnyánszky Jr., Young Barbarians will be performed twice at the 33rd National Theatre Festival in Bucharest. Inspired by the lives of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, the production will be performed on October 28 at 8:30 pm and on October 29 at 5 pm at "Sala Pictura" of the I. L. Caragiale National Theatre in Bucharest.
Following its premiere, the production garnered numerous awards, nominations and festival participations: at the 44th edition of the Guild of Theatre Critics’s Award – where Young Barbarians won nominated for the Best Repertory Company Production - Éva Imre won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for her portrayal of Barbarian B.. 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.
The production has already been performed at several festivals abroad and in Hungary, such as the 10th Theatre Olympics, the XI Madách International Theatre Meeting (MITEM), the 8th Interferences International Theatre Festival and the 14th dráMA Contemporary Theatre Encounter.
The next guest performance of the production abroad will take place between November 28 and December 1 at the Gobbi Hilda Hall of the National Theatre in Budapest, where it will be shown four times.
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.
Cluj audiences can attend the performance on November 22, December 4 and December 18 in the Studio Hall of the Cluj 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.
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 Bucharest performance of Young Barbarians can be purchased online at https://www.tnb.ro/ro/tinerii-barbari-fnt-2023 , while tickets for the Cluj performances can be purchased at the theatre's ticket office (weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm) or online at www.biletmaster.ro.