Foreign Bodies


Polish Theatre Ireland presents
Foreign Bodies
By Julia Holewińska, translated by Artur Zapałowski
Venue: Project Arts Centre
Dates: 24 July – 3 August 2013
Previews: 22 & 23 July
Start time: 8.15pm
Matinees: 27 & 3 August July, 2.30pm
Tickets:  €14/12/10 (Earlybird booking: Book before 20 July & save 25%)
Booking Information:
Box Office: 01 8819 613
“Where are you now, friends of mine? Communism’s dead, Adam’s dying. Celebrate with me. Is that so hard? Do I sicken you? I won’t change. Maybe just a bit, but you’ll get used to it soon enough.” 
(Julia Holewińska, Foreign Bodies)

Polish Theatre Ireland is delighted to present a new production of a contemporary work written by critically-acclaimed Polish playwright Julia Holewińska, who brings issues of personal freedom in two different political systems to Dublin’s theatre audiences. Acknowledged by Polish theatre magazine Teatr as Best Debut in 2012, this is a rare presentation of the best of Polish theatre to Irish audiences.

Inspired by a true story, Foreign Bodies is the story of Adam, a member of the Solidarność (Solidarity) movement, who, after the political crisis of 1989, has a male-to-female sex change operation and becomes Ewa. As Ewa, she immediately has to struggle with the poverty, solitude and social rejection in a new capitalist country. The play is a powerful and compelling treatment of notions of identity, gender equality and society’s attitude towards those that are different. Although set in Poland these same issues are ones which are being considered in Ireland – not just in the theatre, but in society as a whole.

“Our generation was trapped in the two political systems, suspended somewhere in between – between the memories and reality, between communist queues and capitalist rat race. Foreign Bodies can be a metaphor of our life in Ireland as it focuses on an individual that is still a ‘foreign body’ and needs to ‘self-translate’ into a new reality. In this sense it can also talk about post-Celtic Tiger Ireland.”, said Anna Wolf, Artistic Director in PTI.

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. This group, nearly 50% of the Polish community in Ireland, are people born between 1979 and 1988, when Poland was just emerging from communist to capitalist eras. Julia Holewińska’s text has turned out to be the manifesto for a generation – a manifesto that can be easily transferred to the Irish ground. Foreign Bodies will be presented from 22 July – 3 August in Project Arts Centre.

Directed by Lianne O’Shea
Produced by Anna Wolf
Dramaturgy by Kasia Lech
Graphic design by Beata Baryłka
Lighting design by Gabriel Peelo
Music/sound design by Daniel Figgis
Stage managed by Romina CruanasVideo Recording/ Editing – Tomasz Rola and Krzysztof Bugajski (TopFloor Hub)/ Natalia Jerzak

Performed by Amy Therese Flood, Anthony Kinihan, Ciaran Cooglan, Fiona Lucia McGarry, Kasia Lech, John Currivan, Paul Travers, Shane Connolly, Sonya O’Donoghue

The production of Foreign Bodies is partnered by National Lesbian and Gay Federation and supported by The Embassy of Republic of Poland and Medicus Medical Centre.

Post show discussions: 

–          24th July – Q&A with the author Julia Holewińska, hosted by Gavin Kostick of Fishamble: The New Play Company

–          26th July – Q&A with LGBT activist Piotr Gawlik and cast members Kasia Lech and Anthony Kinahan, hosted by Noelle Moran by NLGF

–          1st August – Q&A with the main’s character prototype Ewa Hołuszko, director of a documentary ‘I still believe’ Magdalena Mosiewicz and Broden Gambrione of Transgender Equality Network Ireland, hosted by Willie White of Dublin Theatre Festival.

Documentary ‘I still believe’ directed by Magdalena Mosiewicz will be screened in Project Arts Centre (Cube Space) on Thursday, 1st August @6pm.

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