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Bárka Theatre

István Tasnádi: The Third Wave


Based on The Wave, a novel by Todd Strasser and a study by Ron Jones


28th October 2013 18.00

Bárka Theatre



100’ without intermission

in Hungarian, with English subtitles


Photo: Szabolcs Dudás

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 KRISTÓF DÉGI, teacher: Balázs Dévai

ÁGOTA NAGY, teacher: Kriszta Szorcsik

ÁRPÁD KOBLÉNYI, teacher: Róbert Kardos

JUTKA SZALAI, PhD, Mrs. principal: Anikó Varga

MÁRK: Zoltán Horváth guest artist

GUSZTI: János Gergely Tóth guest artist

KARINA: Mária Kőszegi guest artist

LIZA: Klári Tolnai guest artist

BENDZSI: Mátyás Marofka guest artist

GÖRBE: Balázs Jerger student

ANDI: Viktória Sipos guest artist

LÓCI: Péter Árvai guest artist

ORSI: Flóra Herman guest artist

ÁDÁM: Balázs Kulcsár guest artist

ILDIKÓ: Réka Császár guest artist

SZABI: Bence Erdős

HAVER: Péter Deli

and: Lilla Csap, Klaudia Kurucz, Kitti Jakopánecz, Kinga Pap


Scenery design: Heike Vollmer

Costume design: Gergely Szabó

Music: András Monori

Choreography: Eszter Gyevi-Bíró

Assistant to the director: Katalin Gábos

Directed by György Vidovszky



Premier: 10. November 2012.


WHO – The play is performed by four adult actors of Bárka Theatre together with students of director György Vidovszky. After graduation, Vidovszky who works as a director, drama pedagogue and teacher, first started to teach film then drama studies in a high school specialized in drama studies. He directed over thirty performances featuring his student actors. Later, under professional circumstances and expectations (in traditional theatre buildings) he made stage adaptations with high school students in the leading parts. In Hungary Vidovszky is the only traditional theatre director who is specialized in this specific field of and has an important role in creating contemporary youth theatre in Hungary. Recently, he has been collaborating with István Tasnádi, a playwright who has turned towards youth drama.


WHAT – The play is about a project week at school. The teacher examines how it is possible to introduce open dictatorship in an arbitrary and average community in a way that the members would even want to be and enjoy being deprived from their freedom.


WHY- After the performance the idea that “such a thing can never occur again” may be questioned easily. Of course, regarding the initial situation, the performance is fictitious already, and the play is much more a model than a real drama. Although there are a lot of allusions to the sentences and motives of today’s public life of Hungary, Tasnádi and Vidovszky manage to avoid demagogy and simplification, in spite of the fact that they declare that they are not trying to find the reasons in the depth of the souls of the individual characters but in the community. They try to examine the situation in relation to the community. The ending of the performance raises a responsibility that no one can avoid. Its burden lasts for a whole life.” (István Ugrai)





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