Lucy from the UK
Anonymous Spectator, visiting Poland in 1984
Sarah from USA
Anonymous Spectator, born in 1976
“Polish Theatre Ireland has been working for several years to broaden the concerns represented on our stage, and has achieved this aim through integration rather than separatism.”Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times
What did our spectators experience?
“A SUPREMELY INTELLIGENT PIECE OF PERSONAL HISTORY”
“A MUST SEE!”
“NOTHING SHORT OF DELIGHTFUL (…) LEAVES A LOT TO CHEW OVER IN THE MIND OF THE AUDIENCE”
“SEISMIC POLITICAL EVENTS CAN AFFECT INDIVIDUAL LIVES IN BEWILDERING WAYS, AND IT TURNS OUT HAPPINESS DOESN’T RESIDE AT THE BOTTOM OF A CAN OF COKE.”
“AN INTERESTING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING LOOK AT THE WORLD POSTCOMMUNISM, WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION, IS THERE SUCH THING AS HAPPY EVER AFTER?”
Bubble Revolution is a multimedia project that combines theatre, virtual exhibition, social networks, and storytelling.
Bubble Revolution takes you on a journey to 1980s and 1990s Poland: a land filled with queues, ration cards, fake chocolate and dreams about Nutella, sounds of Michael Jackson, cheap wine, bad sex, and other memories, colours, scents, and sounds of the past.
Enter Bubble Revolution and see your-own-child-self in a foreign memory…
‘Because us Poles, or Polacks as they call us in the West, us car-thieves, drunks, trouble-makers – that’s all we know. Just do it? Do it! But make sure you are wearing Nike shoes! All we can do is start revolutions.’
J. Holewińska, Bubble Revolution … About the Play
Radek and Kasia, born in 1980s
Dorota, born in 1970s
I remember getting sweets for Christmas and not being allowed to eat them. My mum, who ruled the household, made sure I would not eat them and used them as Christmas tree decoration instead. Many years later, I found out that my dad, in secret from my mum, ate all the sweets and stuffed the wrappers with paper… He basically escaped the rationing of the products…
Radek and Robert, born in 1980s
Robert: I remember riding with my mum to the crèche, even in the deepest winter.
Artur’s memory, born in 1980s
It was the end of 1990s, I was 16 or 17. My mum and I were traveling to London. I was going to perform in a Polish-English theatre The Imagination in London. I was so excited, but the problems started as soon as we cross the English Channel and got to Dover.
“KASIA LECH IS A REAL GEM”
Every Pole knows everything about football, politics, and medicine
Ration cards were introduced by the communist government at different periods of time; the cards did not function as a substitute for money. Products included sugar, meat, and washing powder.
Lonia’s memory, born in 1940s
I worked as an accountant in secondary school. Our history teacher was a heavy smoker … Ration cards
Robert’s memory, born in 1980s
One morning I was about to go to the crèche, it was just before 6 am and suddenly the secret police came into our home. … I was rummaging through a box with “home-treasures” and I found a note…
Magda’s memory, born in 1980s
It was close to Christmas. My friend, then six years old, had a sister, one year older than her. They both dreamt about Santa Claus bringing them beautiful dresses. Unfortunately
… Santa got it wrong
I was very lucky... I was a teacher, so all parents were always bringing me food gifts... Coffee, real chocolate...Jan’s memory, born in 1930s