"Rehearsal" - the first radio play recorded online

To była nasza odpowiedź na epidemię

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“Filip Frątczak and Piotr Świątkowski – the creators of the radio play “Próba”. We wanted to do something exceptional, to give hope when it starts to run out. Filip Frątczak is the producer of the project, Piotr Świątkowski is the scriptwriter and director.”

“The Polish Foundation of Performing Artists “Plac Teatralny”, together with Radio Poznań and the ZASP branch in Poznań, with funding from the “Fundusz Popierania Twórczości” of the ZAiKS Authors Association, co-creates the world’s first remotely produced radio play called “Próba” (Attempt) due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Our actors record their parts remotely, while Piotr Świątkowski, the scriptwriter and director of the radio play, incorporated the reality of the epidemic into the lives of the semi-amateur music band “Kantata”. The “Plac Teatralny” Foundation supports the project’s organizational and legal aspects.

Trapped at home, the musicians of the “Kantata” band, at the encouragement of their conductor, organize online rehearsals. Each musician connects with the band’s director every day to play their part of the concert remotely. This is, in brief, the plot of “Próba”.

We aim to create an interesting radio play and also provide work for actors who found themselves in difficult financial situations – says Filip Frątczak, the chairman of the Poznań branch of ZASP. The safety of the actors is our priority. The characters communicate through online messengers, which allows us to work remotely. The script for “Próba” is being created as we go. The characters comment on real events, entertain, move, and uplift.

The musicians of “Kantata” talk about art, family issues, and unfulfilled plans – says the scriptwriter Piotr Świątkowski from Radio Poznań. The conductor combines the recorded fragments sent by the musicians and publishes them on the band’s profile. “Kantata” becomes a social phenomenon, a response of the people of culture to the fear and loneliness of the epidemic threat.

The parts performed by the musicians were composed by Andrzej Ciborski, a musician, poet, and journalist from Radio Poznań. The radio play features actors from theaters in Poznań, Kalisz, Gniezno, Gorzów Wielkopolski, and Zielona Góra.”

Artistic team of the radio play "Rehearsal"

Filip Frątczak Michał Zadra – conductor, music teacher

Julia Patan 
The violinist – Michał’s wife.

Anna Langner
Zosia – flutist

Maciej Hązła  
dr. Frank, double bassist

Kinga Kaszewska-Brawer Dorothy – wife of Dr. Frank

Edyta Łukaszewska Angelika – pianist

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Beata Chorążykiewicz
Mother of Michał

Anna Mierzwa
Neighbor of Michał

Martyna Zaremba-Maćkowska
Jureczek’s mom

Bartosz Buława 
Bartek – violonist

Wojciech Masacz
Kaszpirovsky
Guardian angel

Michał Grudziński
Kubera – drummer

Wojciech Siedlecki

Wojciech Siedlecki
Michał’s father

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Bożena Grzybowska
Michael’s school principal

Cezary Żołyński
A long-haired journalist

Monika Belau
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Dariusz Sosiński
climber

Andrzej Lajborek-min

Andrzej Lajborek
An outstanding poet

The partners of the radio play are:

Regionalna Rozgłośnia Polskiego Radia
"Radio Poznań"

Stowarzyszenie Autorów ZAiKS

ZASP - Oddział w Poznaniu