YOU’D
BETTER
NOT GO THERE

We are going to the forest. We depart from the station in Szamocin to the local orphanage. Around 20 minutes under strict supervision and guidance of children. There are only restrictions and orders, for example the order of walking in pairs, imposed with vengeful joy on strangers of the same sex. Children reach the state of increased aggression very easily, as if in this treatise on whether man is good or bad by nature the decision was made arbitrarily.

The performance was made in collaboration with children from the Orphanage in Szamocin and young people from the “Stacja Szamocin” theatre led by a local activist and artist Luba Zarembińska. Young actors took the roles of various monsters – mad, strange, beautiful, and sometimes frightening – taking a symbolic fight between good and evil. Together with a team of adult artists they were responsible for stage design, lights, and audio-visual materials. At the performance they were accompanied by the actors of the National Stary Theatre in Krakow. The process of improvisation led to the creation of an unreal and oneiric performance, on the one hand, yet on the other, it clearly exposed the subject of poverty and social injustice.

Childhood occupies the central place in Michał Borczuch’s performances. It is from this perspective that the director examines contemporary culture. “You’d better not go there” was partly inspired with Howard Philips Lovecraft’s story “The Call of Cthulhu”. However, Michał Borczuch found something more scary than the gloomy fantasies of ancient gods – namely, he saw the capitalism of the Polish peripheries. Girls and boys take the roles of employers and employees. They play in humiliating and cheating their employees, in denunciations and abuse. There is a lot of cruelty here. At the same time, little actors clearly enjoy shouting out the lines spoken by managers. How come these models of behaviour can be found in improvised scenes? Somehow the addling nature of trashy work was also represented – shown here through the act of hitting a stone with another stone.