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The Hearing Trumpet

Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre

Opening night: 1 December 2021

The Hearing Trumpet
Leonora Carrington

The Hearing Trumpet

Directed by Agnieszka Glińska
Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre
Opening Date
01-12-2021

When, in The Hearing Trumpet, a novel by Leonora Carrington, a painter, sculptor, and idolized proponent of surrealism and feminism, the eccentric ninety-year-old Marion receives the titular item from her friend Carmelia, the first news that reaches her ears is unfortunate: the family for whom “she was a source of constant anxiety for twenty years” wants to hand her over to an old-age home. Soon Marion ends up in a place more resembling a medieval castle than a hospital, surrounded by oddly-shaped homes—a toadstool, a cake, or a cuckoo clock—inhabited by other patients of the “Tabernacle of Light,” a community managed by Doctor Gambit, whose passion is studying feminine neuroses and hysteria. His unconventional cures, serving “to observe and dissolve women’s kinky habits (the source of their joy and pleasure) in the light of Objective Consciousness” and his maxims, such as “Effort is always rewarded when we renounce Recompense,” seem to quarrel with a principle he instills in his patients, that they should “remember about themselves.”

Adapting The Hearing Trumpet, Agnieszka Glińska and Marta Konarzewska show, with Carrington’s customary distance and sense of humor, drawing from the surrealist aesthetic of her work and colorful biography (a relationship with Max Ernst, a stay in a psychiatric hospital), how hard it is to come to know your own self, being entwined in a social system of obligatory roles and principles. They perceptively examine the often vague limits between health and sickness, sanity and madness. What keeps us on one side? What’s on the other side? Where exactly is the source of our creativity?

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The Hearing Trumpet
The Hearing Trumpet
The Hearing Trumpet