2005 The Wedding (Wesele)

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For many years Scena’s director wanted to take on Stanislaw Wyspianski’s classic. Over 100 years since the first ever performance of Wesele in Poland, youth on the other side of the world, were able to recreate the sense and purpose of Wyspanski’s writing. The atmosphere surrounding preparations for the play was absolutely unforgettable, and proved how magical and contemporary the themes of this historic drama were.

 

Rehearsals lasted over five months and the final stages of preparation were very intense. Once again, the help of Marta Kaczmarek enhanced the quality of the overall performance.

Recreating the inside of the house where the wedding took place, an old barn house in Bronowice, Poland, was one of the major challenges of this production. On top of the many characteristic props that were needed (20 century swords, revolvers, candle sticks, a historic painting of the Lady Madonna), the director wanted to build the house itself. This achievement involved a group of ten men working intensely over a number days. The foyer was transformed with haystacks and sickles to set the atmosphere for audience members. The play commenced with the entrance of the bridal party, accompanied by a short dance by the Polish folk ensemble, Kukuleczka.

Wesele was performed four times in Perth and once in Hobart as part of the PolART 2006 festival.

Premiere: 30 April 2005, Cracovia Club, Beechboro.

2006 Cast:

Poeta Andrzej Bieś
Maryna Joanna Wydmańska
Pan Młody Grzegorz Niedżwiadek
Panna Młoda Iza Bernaciak (previously Ewa Gorecka)
Dziennikarz Wojtek Bernaciak
Ksiądz Dariusz Celiński
Rachela Alicja Majewska (previously Kasia Kaczmarek)
Żyd Sebastian Bużynski
Czepieć Paweł Ojzanowski
Gospodarz Wiesiu  Wojtowicz
Gospodyni Ania Olejnik
Radczyni Barbara Magnowska
Zosia Agata Halladin
Haneczka Monika Rośiewicz
Klimina Basia Szczepaniak
Kasper Adrian Bużynski
Jasiek Piotr Jórek
Marysia Iza Jórek
Wojtek Adam Hamilton
Widmo Artur Cichocki
Nos Dominik Halladin
Kasia Gosia Burak
Isia Magdalena Janas
Chochoł Robert    Chlubek
Stanczyk Andrzej Lewy
Hetman Adam Murcha
Ryczerz Bogusław Szczepaniak
Upiór Włodzimierz Halladin
Wernyhora Marek Łukasik
Director, Staging And Props Tomasz Bujakowski

Costumes

Danuta Rosiewicz