TV Theatres: Photoplasticon

Photoplasticon is a historical device that allows one to view a series of photos and thanks to that travel into the world of imagination. Same way in the play – the viewers see a sequence of events for over a hundred years – it’s the dramatic structure of the “Photoplasticon”.

The place of action is a flat in an old apartment house from the 19th century. We receive a chance to observe its residents from the end of the first World War all the way up to current times. The script is divided into six different parts that take place in the years: 1919, 1942, 1951, 1977, 1995 and 2005. At the beginning of each scene we see a couple – man and woman. Their lives are suddenly invaded by a Stranger who disrupts the existing order of things. The main theme of the production is the motif of passing time perceived through shared, intimate space which the apartment provides, where many stories lay hidden.

Director: Piotr Łazarkiewicz

Screenplay: Krzysztof Bizio

Cinematography: Wojciech Todorow

Poland, 2005, 93 min.

Production: mediabrigade for TVP 2