'Our Class' is a harrowing story about complicated Polish-Jewish relations in the 20th century, about collective guilt, about a truth that turns out to be unnecessary for anyone, and about a history that cannot be judged, reconstructed or even explained.
The uniquely poignant message comes from the fact that the story is played by students - very young people. Together they learn, play, dream and enter adulthood. The protagonists, are Polish and Jewish students of a pre-war school in a small town. Successive "lessons" allow us to learn about their dramatic fate up to the present day - growing resentment, bestial murder, desire for revenge. The community of students disintegrates, but also persists, bound by bad memories.
The work refers to Tadeusz Kantor's famous performance, but the pronunciation of the drama is polemical towards Kantor. "Our Class" is the most frequently staged Polish drama in the world.
Since its world premiere at London's National Theatre in 2009, the play has been performed in Canada, the United States
(in Philadelphia, Washington, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Chicago), Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Japan, Brazil, Sweden, Israel, Hungary, Lithuania, and Denmark.
"Our Class" is an excellent performance about collective guilt, punishment, truth that often turns out to be unnecessary for anyone, about history that cannot be judged, reconstructed or even explained.
And what the young acting and directing students of the Academy of Theater Arts in Wroclaw have done with this play verges on mastery.
mgr Gabriel Gietzky
Dora – Julia Bochenek
Zocha – Urszula Gołdowska
Rachelka – Milena Jóźwiak
Ilza Kac – Dominika Hudziec
Rysiek – Szymon Bujak
Menachem – Miłosz Broniszewski
Zygmunt – Paweł Pacyna
Henia – Magdalena Kocoń
Władek – Maciej Łabaz
Deborah Piekarz – Sandra Obrębska