Savannah Bay

Friday, June 21, 2024, 7:00 PM

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  • Friday, June 21, 2024, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

28.02 – with English surtitles.

Memories obsessively coming back to the theatre, in a voice ringing out on a practically empty stage, transform into a multi-tiered narrative that aims less to evoke certain structured events than to give itself to be assembled into possible stories, than to mimic the very act of remembering.

Memories of the female protagonists form the axis of “Savannah Bay” – the piling up of recollections, some romantic, at times traumatic, summoned up in dialogues between the actors (Anna Polony and Alicja Wojnowska), and followed by the audience.

Marguerite Duras did not intend to experiment with theatre conventions; nonetheless, she shook the framework of traditional drama and theatre. The stage directions in “Savannah Bay” are as essential as the characters’ lines and should be read out on stage. She does not offer knowledge, she shares her doubts. Duras’ drama shows how the frailty of memory makes reaching the truth an impossibility.

I have dreamed of doing this play for many years. The script is a concerto for two great actors; a play full of poetry, a reflection on the world and the human condition. It delves deep into the essence of theatre and the mystery of acting. It is one of the most beautiful of modern scripts. I am convinced it is perfect for performing at the Stary Theatre and the Polski Theatre in Warsaw, where these sorts of unusual scripts find their world and feel at home. I see I share my great passion for this work with the actors and our team of collaborators. I hope our love of “Savannah Bay” will also be shared by audiences. (Józef Opalski)


  • Anna Polony
  • Anna Cieślak, Alicja Wojnowska


  • Józef Opalski Director / music scoring
  • Aleksandra Reda Scenography / costumes
  • Wojciech Kapela Projections
  • Karolina Gębska Lighting director
  • Jolanta Sell Translation

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For whom: for seniors, for families

Stary National Theatre

ul. Jagiellońska 1

Stary National Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Poland. Its contemporary repertoire consists of both contemporary works and reinterpretations of classics.

The theatre, which found its home in a historical building on a corner of Szczepański Square, is one of Poland’s national stages, directly managed by the Minister of Culture. In the 19th century, its stage was graced by the theatre’s current patron, a consummate actress, Helena Modrzejewska, known to the English-speaking world as Modjeska. A great many eminent artists trod the legendary boards of the Stary after the war, notably Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski, Zygmunt Hübner, and Krystian Lupa. The stagings of Adam Mickiewicz’s The Forefathers’ Eve directed by Konrad Swinarski and of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed directed by Andrzej Wajda made history. The contemporary repertoire of the theatre consists both of current works and reinterpretations of classics.

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