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Artur Pałyga
Alicja Borkowska
16 December 2017
running time
60 min
scena mała
not in repertoire



text – Artur Pałyga
– Alicja Borkowska
video – Maria Porzyc, Marta Sieczak, Adrien Cognac
music – Ray Dickaty
producers – Weronika Chinowska, Magdalena Duszyńska-Sasin

cast – Michał Dudziński, Ahoo Kazemi, Dorota Papis, Mohammadreza Rezazadeh, Daniel Sadr, Farid Tarabpour, Łukasz Wójcicki




The play draws on biographies and stories of Polish refugees in Iran after World War II. Interviews with people who fled Siberia to the Middle East were collected in the Oral History Archives by Dom Spotkań z Historią, a Polish cultural institution. Delving into those archives, Artur Pałyga used them to pen a script which later inspired Polish and Iranian artists to engage in a joint project.

The first stage of the venture was completed at the end of 2016 in Teheran and at the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. This year, the project is continued by a group of artists from Poland and Iran, including Iranians based in Warsaw.


Set against the images of everyday life in contemporary Iran, the stories told by Poles become a pretext for exploring such topics as the confluence of two cultures, traditional hospitality, but also the present-day oppression by the state and religion.


The play is a joint production of Strefa WolnoSłowa, Dom Spotkań z Historią, and Powszechny Theatre.


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