THEATRE Review: ‘Songs of Lear’ performed by The Song of the Goat Theatre – ‘where inspiration meets high culture with unrefined expression’


The Shakespeare and Poland Festival at the Globe – a two week exploration of the relationship between the playwright and the Polish nation – concluded with the probably most anticipated element of the programme: Songs of Lear performed by The Song of the Goat Theatre on Saturday, 6thJuly. The Wrocław based theatre company, created by Grzegorz…

Iga Szczodrowska | 11/07/2019

Shakespeare and Poland Festival at the Globe 26 June – 6 July 2019 “A two-week celebration of Poland’s particular affinity and fascination with Shakespeare’s plays, that embraces live theatre, film, illustration, music and song.”

Shakespeare has penetrated Polish tradition in ways few national writers have managed to do. Particularly Hamlet has functioned in Polish politico-cultural consciousness for centuries. Poles often identified their nation’s troublesome fate with the one of the Danish prince, while many Polish literary masters heavily drew from Shakespeare, including Adam Mickiewicz, Stanisław Wyspiański, Zbigniew Herbert, and Sławomir…

Iga Szczodrowska | 12/06/2019
Still from "My friend, the Polish girl"

***KINOTEKA 2019*** Round up: “Professionalism has no gender.”

The 17th Polish Film Festival Kinoteka in London, featuring a selection of over forty different works, has served as a fitting example of positive direction within the issue of gender inequality in Polish cinema. The festival started and ended celebrating the success of Polish prominent men (opening with Another Day of Life, an homage to renowned Polish corresponder Ryszard Kapuscinski, and finishing with a gala celebrating…

Iga Szczodrowska | 19/04/2019
Film Still from "Monument" (Szelc, 2018)

KINOTEKA Preview: “Monument” (Szelc, 2018) – “experimental raw cinema”

After the tremendous success of her film debut Tower. Bright Day last year, Jagoda Szelc took up the seemingly risky yet ultimately rewarding task of directing an Acting degree show for Lodz Film School students. The challenges of such task included an extremely low budget (Szelc often describes it as a “nano-budget” in interviews) and the…

Iga Szczodrowska | 09/04/2019

Book and Film Adaptation REVIEW: ‘Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead’ (Tokarczuk, 2009) vs. ‘Spoor’ (Holland, 2017)

On 16 October, Curzon Bloomsbury hosted a screening of a Spoor, a film adaptation of Olga Tokarczuk’s novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, which was translated into English this year, just after its author won the Man Booker International Prize for her constellation novel Flights (2007, translated in 2018).  The Screening was followed…

Iga Szczodrowska | 08/11/2018

Theatre Review: ‘All That Remains’ (Olesya Khromeychuk/Molodyi Teatr London, 2018) – ‘a rare chance of grasping a genuine perspective about the conflict in Ukraine’


Molodyi Teatr London, a Ukrainian-British theatre group which has previously produced successful shows like Bloody Europeans and Penetrating Europe or Migrants Have Talent, performed the premiere of its latest play All That Remainsin Camden People’s Theatre on 30th of June. All That Remains, written by Molodyi Teatr member Olesya Khromeychuk, somewhat departs from the cabaret-like…

Iga Szczodrowska | 19/08/2018