What can we do to make young people aware of the irreversible results of drug addiction? We can talk to them, and persuade them not to try drugs ever. We can also make a piece of theatre. It sometimes works better than threats and entreaties.
Each presentation of our show was followed by a short update on the actual state of the main hero given to the audience by the leader of the group: There is some hope, since M wants to start therapy. Three months later: M was in the rehab again but he left after two weeks. He hardly can speak and walk due to brain damage.
The spectacle is the result of ARTERY workshops run by Maria Schejbal (The Bielsko Artistic Association Grodzki Theatre) from November 2010 till July 2011. 8 people participated in the workshops, aged 22-45, including mentally disabled, ex-alcohol addicts and deaf persons.
The performance is based on the novel of Thomas Mann and also influenced by the true story of a young drug addict. The process of creation started from experimenting with paper and foil figures (hints on puppet making available at /THEATRE OF OBJECTS AND STORIES/ made by the workshop participants. They had to learn to animate puppets and closely cooperate for a few months to achieve the final result. One of the main goals of their effort was to capture and express the dramatic tension of a lost life. The spectacle was premiered in Bielsko-Biała, Poland in July 2011 and then performed a few times at various occasions, including presentations at the International Meeting focused on addiction prevention organized by the Police Headquarters in Ostrołęka, Poland (July 2011); the Discussion Seminar on prevention of drug addiction, Bielsko-Biała, Poland (November 2011) and the ERROR Festival of Homeless Theatres in Bratislava, Slovakia (December 2011).
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