Culture in Poznań


THEATRES on plan

Teatr Ósmego Dnia (The Eighth Day Theatre)


The Eighth Day Theatre was established in 1964 as a student playhouse founded by Lech Raczak and Tomasz Szymański under the name of the Eighth Day Student Poetry Theatre. Its original name alluded to the poem "Zielona Gęś" ("The Green Goose") by Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński ("And on the seventh day God rested and He created theatre on the eighth"). In 1979, the institution turned into an alternative professional theatre. It offered stinging, ironic commentaries on communist Poland. During martial law, it performed on streets and in churches.

The theatre was formally disbanded in 1985, which prompted the majority of the actors to emigrate to Italy. In 1989, it resumed activities in Poznań. Its collaborators at the time included Stanisław Barańczak (Literary Director) and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, who managed the Eighth Day Orchestra.

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