by Maxim Gorky
Premiere: January the 12th 2005
Last performance: March the 2nd 2005
Gorky is a simple writer;
as the rumour goes, he attended school for two years.
Therefore he could ask irresponsibly,
why is the life of the working class always so hard?
Workers build everything with their bare hands;
from childrens toys to enormous machinery;
but they are always last in life.
In his novel Mother, Gorky places an uneducated and
over-middle-aged woman to the centre of the 1905 revolutionary events.
Her son becomes the leader of the socialist cell in the factory.
Mother doesnt understand at all, whats going on,
what social democrats, what revolution…
But one does not need brains to understand the injustice.
Injustice is sensed with the heart. As does the mother.
Mother does not understand the complicated political games,
but this does not hinder her from seeing the injustice.
Although the revolution fails and its ideas have already long ago
sunk to the dustbin of history, again the stupid and over-middle-aged
madams have assembled to the Centre Party and pickets,
again the masters are giggling in their sleeves.
One can not understand injustice with the mind;
you have to look with your heart.
Gorky was a romantic. He used vivid figures.
The Von Krahl Theatre troupe has come together to listen to this simple
voice of a Russian old man in themselves, and to make it sound.
Fragments from young Russians, brothers Presnjakovs play Playing a Victim,
are used in the performance.
Dramatised, production, musical design: RAINER SARNET
Set and costume design: LIINA KEEVALLIK
Title role: LIINA VAHTRIK
Cast: MARI ABEL, TAAVI EELMAA, JUHAN ULFSAK, ERKI LAUR, TAAVO “JIMMY” TIKO
Text reading: LEMBIT EELMÄE
Light: LAURI SEPP
Sound: JANNO “JOHN” JAANUS
Make-up: TEELE NÖPS
Technical solutions and realisation: ENAR TARMO, TAAVO “JIMMY” TIKO
Stage paintings and requisites: ANNE-MAI HEIMOLA
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission
Awards and nominations:
Estonian Theatre Association’s nomination in 2006 for Best Actress: Liina Vahtrik in “Mother”.
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Date & Time
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