Bubble Revolution


By Julia Holewińska, translated by Artur Zapałowski
Directed by John Currivan
Performed by Kasia Lech
Venue: Theatre Upstairs @Lanigans Bar, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Map: http://binged.it/19MTbZp
Dates: 10-21 September 2013
POLISH SATURDAYS – 14&21 September 2013 (performances in Polish)
Tickets: €10
Box Office: (0)85 7727375 or tupstairsbookings@gmail.com

“I’m thirty years old. No, I don’t feel grown-up. Responsibility? I prefer other words, such as: independence, prospects, travel, no commitments, sex with no strings attached, fusion cuisine, dermocosmetics, and – oh, yeah – inner harmony, macrobiotics, political correctness, and tofu-burgers.”

(Julia Holewińska, “Bubble Revolution”)

After a successful run of “Foreign Bodies” by Julia Holewińska in Project Arts Centre, Polish Theatre Ireland (PTI) are delighted to be back on the Irish theatre scene with another production of new writing by the same critically-acclaimed Polish playwright. This time PTI bring a one-woman show about growing up during and after the fall of communism. “Bubble Revolution” is a story of Wictoria aka Vica, a woman in her early thirties, who wants to live in a fairytale filled with the memories, colours, scents and sounds of the past but it turns out that her imaginary world is very much disturbed by the ‘drab monochrome’ reality of capitalism.

The play is a manifesto of thirty year-old Poles who are the generation of people raised at the time when Poland was just emerging from communist to capitalist era. This is the generation most disappointed by the last twenty years of social and political changes in Poland.  A big part of this group emigrated to Ireland after May 2004. According to the 2011 Census, there are currently 122,585 Poles living in Ireland, out of which 60,827 are those between 25 and 34 years old which is nearly 50% of the Polish community in Ireland. Most of Polish PTI’s artists as well as the playwright also belong to this particular generation.

Similar to PTI’s first production of “Scent of Chocolate” in 2010, the play again reaches two audiences: both Polish and Irish as it will be performed in Polish and in English on alternate nights by a Polish actress Kasia Lech, a co-founder of PTI. It is directed by an Irish actor and director John Currivan who has worked with the company since the beginning. Without losing the Polish flavours of the text, he will try to examine it in a way that can be still relevant to the Irish social context.

‘The play does speak about very particular time, a time that a lot of us grew up in. Although the play is very distinctively Polish and filled with memories of Poland, Irish audiences can relate to having dreams, wanting fairytales and being overwhelmed and amazed by consumerism. At the very heart of the play is the story of a woman struggling to find love and get by in world that promised too much’, says John Currivan.

“Bubble Revolution” will be presented from 10 – 21 September in Theatre Upstairs. Another attraction joining the run is a mini-museum of Poland from 1980s and 1990s. There will be an exposition of written memories and household articles from the two eras, available for the audiences in the foyer of the theatre. The production is proudly supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin.

Dates: 10-21 September 2013

Start time:
10-14 September & 17-21 September (Tuesday-Saturday) @ 1pm
12-14 September & 19-21 September (Thursday-Saturday) @ 7pm

Shows in Polish: Saturday 14 & 21 September @ 1pm & 7pm (POLISH SATURDAYS)

Directed by John Currivan
Assisted by Anka Wysota
Produced by Anna Wolf
Performed by Kasia Lech
Graphic design by Beata Baryłka
Music/sound design by Konrad Kania

Photo Gallery by Beata Barylka from the rehearsed reading of Bubble Revolution in Centre for Creative Practices, 20-21 June 2013:











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