Saturday 16th October 2021, 7:00PM
To celebrate the centenary of Tadeusz Rozewicz’s birth, the Polish Cultural Institute in London and Ognisko Polskie present dramatised readings from the author’s short plays, poems and other writings.
‘Celebrating Tadeusz Rozewicz. Fragments’ will bring to life some of Różewicz’s most iconic pieces.The fragments are taken from the collection Reading the Apocalypse in Bed and from one of his most personal works, Mother Departs, all featuring the English translations by Barbara Bogoczek and Tony Howard.The readings will be performed by Tina Jones and Peter Czajkowski.
In 2001 all four worked closely with Różewicz on the acclaimed London production of The Card Index. This evening they will share memories of their meetings with him and speak about the challenges of translating and performing Różewicz’s work in English.
A drinks reception with the panelists will take place after the event.
We also present limited time only online screening of The Gliwice Years of Tadeusz Różewicz by Krzysztof Korwin-Piotrowski – available for the first time with English subtitles from 9-16 October 2021.
Tadeusz Różewicz lived in Gliwice for 20 years. He was led there by his love for Wiesława Kozłowska, later wife. The Różewiczs’ wedding took place there, and two sons, Kamil and Jan, were born at several-year intervals.
The documentary explores Różewicz’s two dacades spent in Gliwice. For the first time, Różewicz agreed to appear in a movie along with his wife and son Krzysztof.
About Różewicz speak also Andrzej Wajda, Kazimierz Kutz, Krzysztof Penderecki. His works are presented by Jan Peszek, Wojciech Pszoniak and Jerzy Trela.
Tadeusz Różewicz (1921- 2014) was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, unmatched as a chronicler of the crimes and hopes of the twentieth century, almost unique in his effortless mastery of both poetry and drama. He fought with the Polish resistance during the Nazi occupation. After the war, his writing was stark, stripped, honest, distrusting every trace of rhetoric. And, miraculously, Różewicz distilled rich humour out of pain.