Family gathering

based on Gerhart Hauptmann's play


For months, the God, Home, Family team and I have been thinking about what to work on together this time in the Kamra, how to continue our work together, and what were the lessons learned from the previous production. We decided that it would be worthwhile to continue working on family stories. We also think it's important to give the newest and youngest members of the company some kind of acting role, so that we can have a valid discussion with them about the dilemmas of our generation.

This time we chose a play by one of my favourite playwrights, Gerhart Hauptmann, which has never been performed in Hungary. The drama has never been played in Hungarian before, but we have a fresh rough translation by Soma Boronkay, and we are working on our own script based on it. The rich material, which is over a hundred years old, is perfect for us to restructure it based on improvisations and our own experiences, adapt it to the actors and create our adaptation.

The subject of this experiment is a sensual portrayal of a Hungarian family and four young men just starting their independent lives, during a few days of tension at the end of summer. The story basically traces the stages of the conflicts that arise from the closeness of six people. It is also an attempt to make audiovisual effects as important in the performance as the spoken dialogue.

Jakab Tarnóczi