Tamási Áron

Ancestral Comfort

Main stage
1h 30' without intermission

Ádám Csorja, ancestral primogenitor
Zsolt Bogdán
Ambrus Csorja, his elder brother
Attila Orbán
Jula Kispál, orphan girl
Eszter Román
Márton Botár, her stepfather
Áron Dimény
Bence Gálfi, young constable
Tamás Kiss
Village notary
Loránd Farkas
Village judge
Róbert Laczkó Vass
Judge of the court, constables, choir
Ferenc Sinkó
Prosecutor, constables, choir
Csaba Marosán
Barrister, constables, choir
Zsolt Gedő
Three lads, choir
Gellért Ábrahám, Hunor Fazakas, Botond Tulogdi

directed by
László Béres
set and costume design
Gyopár Bocskai
music composed by
Tibor Cári
Attila Bokor
Attila Antal, Zoltán Balázs Gyenge, Enikő Tatár
director's assistant
Alpár Fogarasi
stage manager
Enikő Albert, Böjthe Pál
Date of the opening: October 05, 2022

Initially considered lost, Áron Tamási's play was only brought to public attention in the 1970s, often puzzling theatre-makers and audiences alike, as long before his time, Tamási revealed the potential of modern Hungarian drama in his Ancestral Comfort, comparable to the atmosphere and message of important works of world literature such as Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding or Yermas. However, Tamási's initiative is unique in Hungarian dramatic literature, as this trend has so far failed to develop, which is why we often encounter difficulties when we want to relate to this work based on the popular traditions of the Szekler people, which evokes the cult atmosphere of ancient pagan rituals.

The plot begins with the death of Ambrus Csorja himself, whose last wish is to be burnt by his brother. Ádám grants his wish, but this unusual act leads him to be suspected of fratricide, for which he is imprisoned. Bence Gálfi helps him escape from prison, but when he learns that they are both in love with the same girl, Jula Kispál, Gálfi kills Csorja. The deaths of the Csorja brothers follow one another, but the depiction of their tragedy transcends the thread of the plot, as Tamási uses the story to seek answers to questions such as the conflict between tradition and everyday life, faith and belonging, harmony and chaos, and how ancient traditions embrace the harmonious relationship between man and nature and the consequences of abandoning this relationship.

With the approval of the Tamási Áron Foundation.