When my dad turned into a bush
Joke van Leeuwen
Jakub Skrzywanek
20 September 2017
running time
60 min
scena duża




director - Jakub Skrzywanek
translation - Jadwiga Jędryas
playwriting and adaptation - Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak
education - Dorota Kowalkowska
pedagogical support - Małgorzata Simm, Ewa Węgrzyn-Jonek
set design and costumes - Agata Skwarczyńska
music - Anna Stela
content consultation - Elżbieta Krawczyk (CEO)
starring - Angelika Cegielska, Michał Kosela, Karolina Krawiec, Ryszard Węgrzyn, Irena Wójcik


Performance from Dramatic Theater in Walbrzych

When my dad turned into a bush is a story about war and refugees, told from the point of view of a young girl, Toda. The narrator’s identity, however, goes beyond the wartime experience of a refugee. Her story concerns primarily her home, imagination, memories, grandmother and letters from her dad, who turned into a bush. The journey recounted by Toda shows her picture of the world, which faced with the basic questions that she asks, seems even more absurd and devoid of logic.

Joke van Leeuwen (born 1952) is a Dutch writer, poet and illustrator, author of books for children and adults. She studied history and illustration, frequently appearing on the stage as well. Joke was awarded the Golden Owl, Golden and Silver Lynx, Woutertje Pieterse Prijs as well as Theo Thijssen Prijs. These are the most important prizes in Dutch Literature for children and youth in addition to the prestigious AKO Literatuurprijs, and the Constantijn Huygensprijs received for her entire oeuvre. Her books were translated into several languages.


The production benefited from the support of the second edition of the Jan Dorman Competition organized by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. More info on www.dorman.e-teatr.pl.


Subsidized by the Lower Silesia Council.



Performance is organized in range of the international project Atlas of Transitions. New geographies for a cross-cultural Europe.


Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Teatr Powszechny
im. Zygmunta Hübnera
ul. Jana Zamoyskiego 20
03-801 Warszawa
tickets 22 818 25 16
22 818 48 19