Performance – Magic Mountain or a few facts from M`s life

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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  1. Magdalena

    30 January 2014

    A very moving performance, extremely visually appealing, with great animation (as I know some of the performers, the task must have been quite difficult). Since one picture is believed to be worth a thousands words, and here the words definitely enhance the picture, the educational value of the spectacle may be enormous.

  2. Laszlo Revesz

    15 November 2014

    i wish to be informed about your plays 🙂

  3. Maria

    18 November 2014

    Hi Laszlo,

    our amateur theatre is an integration group of 15 adults (age:28-74), truly diverse: deaf persons, mentally disabled, ex-addicts; three couples, mother and a son, singles; working professionally and unemployed.
    The group has been in existence since 2003. It was initiated by a boy from the halfway house, who had previously taken part in theatre activities arranged by Grodzki Theatre in the Catholic Centre for Behavioral Modification and Education (juvenile drug addiction). He took over the responsibility for organizational matters and constantly mobilized other participants to accepting new challenges (this is a great example showing that the participants of workshops may become initiators and animators of creative actions in their environment). The group uses puppetry art and means of visual theatre (text is very limited), and also sign language as both communication and artistic tool.

    You can view another performance by us at:

    And what about you? What are your connections with theatre?
    Cheers, Maria

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