March 15., 2023.
Trigonometry - Classroom lecture presented by the Harag György Company
The production was created in collaboration with the Csokonai National Theatre in Debrecen, and will soon visit Romanian schools with the actors of the Mihai Raicu Company.
The target audience of the classroom performance presented on 10 March by the Harag György Company of the Northern Theatre Satu Mare in one of the halls of the Kölcsey Ferenc High School is mainly students of grades 7-9. The production itself is unusual, as the actors in the performance - Bogár Barbara, Budizsa Evelyn, Erdei Máté - stop at certain points in the story, discuss what they have seen with the students in a short group discussion and ask for their opinions on how the characters should behave in the given situation. The actors act out the agreed scenes according to these "stage directions".
„This is not the first classroom performance in the life of the Harag György Company - it has already performed in schools a reading theatre version of Csongor and Tünde, or the production of Klamm's War with Rappert-Vencz Gábor in the main role. The new performance created with the Csokonai National Theatre Debrecen, on the other hand, is unconventional, interactive, and addresses the teenage audience in the language of today's students on a topic that is very much on the minds of today's teenagers, all under the guidance of professionals who are well versed in the genre.” – says Bessenyei Gedő István, director of the Harag György Company, who would like to see a more comprehensive theatre education programme in Satu Mare in the future, based on the model that has been running successfully in the Debrecen theatre for years.
„Our story is about three young people. Lilla and Blanka are eighth-graders who have been best friends since they were five. Lilla is in love with Solomon. Solomon is already in high school and is very popular with the girls. There's a party at the girls' school on Friday. What happens at the party redefines the relationships between the young people. Our classroom presentation focuses on the themes of love and friendship. The aim is to explore the dilemmas, problems and situations that the characters in the story are experiencing through the language of theatre with the young people participating in the performance" - says the synopsis of the performance.
In parallel with the rehearsals of the actors from Satu Mare, the actors from Debrecen also rehearsed in Satu Mare. Their performance was presented in the Dóczy High Scool of the Reformed College of Debrecen, on 14 March.
„For a long time I've wanted to use theatre to think with adolescents about love and sexuality - it's a very sensitive subject for them, so it's very important how we do it. I couldn't have had a greater collaborator than Eda Romankovics, who wrote the story of Lilla, Blanka and Solomon - a story that focuses on friendship as well as love - and designed the interactive parts of the performance. After the premiere in Satu Mare, I think that this kind of work was very useful for the actors, because they could learn from each other and analyse each other by observing each other. It was a pleasure to see how they helped each other, not only in the acting but also in the interactive situations, since they are involved in the performance not only as actors but also as drama teachers, which requires a completely different set of competences. I think they are very sensitive to the teenagers, I am very proud of all of them and I believe that they will have a very special experience when they are performing. I really enjoyed working in Satu Mare, I hope I will have the opportunity to return again!" - says the director of the performance.
The production is part of a RO-HU competition, and the partnership includes the Romanian-speaking company of the Northern Theatre Satu Mare.
Director Madák Zsuzsanna and three actors from the Romanian company will stage the play written by Romankovics Eda, which will be performed in Romanian schools in Satu Mare.
The visual designers of the performance were Mihály-Geresdi Zsófia and Szabó Anna. Gemza Villő acted as contemporary expert and Gemza Melinda was the programme manager of the project.
Trigonometry is a complex theatrical education performance in the classroom, organized by the Csokonai Theatre within the framework of the Interreg V-A Romania-Hungary Cooperation Programme, in the project "Romanian-Hungarian Cross-border Training Centre and Cultural and Historical Heritage Centre" (ROHU-446)
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