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2017. augusztus 21-én.

Remembering the Good Old Days

by István Eörsi


Cast


Studio (22, Asbóth St.)


Prison monologue

Adapted from the novel of István Eörsi by the same name, the text edited by: László Bagossy and Barbara Ari-Nagy

In the role of István Eörsi: István Znamenák



Design: Lili Izsák
Dramaturg: Barbara Ari-Nagy

Music: Tamás Matkó
Prompter: Éva Horváth
Assistant to the director: Péter Tóth

Director: Csaba Polgár


Special thanks to: Emőke Zsigmond, István Ficza, Kriszta Bíró, Tünde Kókai, Anna Sütő, Nóra Diána Takács, Zsolt Máthé, Zsolt Nagy, Milán Vajda, János Mazura


“I spent at least a decade trying to convince myself to write this book. Suddenly I just felt – in the autumn of 1986 – that if I continued to delay, the material would slip through my fingers. The dead, whom I had feared to revisit, announced that their patience had run out. Already – or, at the time, so it seemed – the writing was not an act of courage. From a literary point of view, one could only rejoice at that. Courage is not an aesthetic category, and historic periods when political risk-taking is judged as artistic merit are to be pitied.”

For his role in the revolution, in 1957, István Eörsi was sentenced to five years and subsequently eight years in jail. He recounts the years of his captivity in his book entitled Remembering the Good Old Days, which not only evokes his everyday life as a prisoner with bitter irony, but also sternly criticises the collective forgetfulness that occurred outside the prison walls during the Kádár-Era “consolidation”. With the aid of this rivetingly honest text, our production addresses this period, its well-known figures and unknown supporting players, as well as this testimony of a witness whose candour is painfully absent in our current public discourse.



Premiere:  October 21, 2106
With the support of Cafe Budapest
Press opening: October 22, 2016
Special opening: October 23, 2016



The performance runs without an intermission. Duration: cca. 85 minutes


LATECOMERS cannot be admitted



The program was supported by  
the Memorial Committee for 1956 Revolution

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The performance was supported by the Municipality of Budapest 
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Poster design by Gergő Nagy

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