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19 April 2019
Class, an Explosive Confrontation Sparked by the Learning Process 07 April 2019
At the National Theatre of Bucharest, at the end of this week, one of the latest creations of Irish drama, Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan, translated by Andrei Marinescu and directed by Felix Alexa, shall enter the limelight, a play that won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, and was declared the Best Theatre Script in 2018 at the Zebbie Awards, organized by the Writers’ Guild of Ireland (Writers’ Guild of Ireland). Written in a cinematic style with non-linear, interlinked scenes, Class is a text in which the apparent simplicity of dialogues and actions counterbalances the endless depths and complexities beyond the surface of words. A play as a true snapshot of 21st century society, where tensions are rapidly escalating, revealing "a highly toxic mix of anger, resentment and despair" (The Scotsman). Brian and Donna's nine-year-old son is in trouble. At least that is what his teacher claims. He also says a psychologist should see him. But Brian and Donna - who recently broke up - never liked school or teachers. Class is a piece about learning difficulties: in school, in life, anywhere. Director Felix Alexa for this explosive showdown between parents, teachers and students, both funny and tense, selected the following cast: Richard Bovnoczki (Ray McCafferty), Gavril Patru (Brian Costello), Alexandra Salceanu (Donna Costello), Ciprian Nicula ( Jayden Costello) and Sandra Ducuta (Kaylie). Everything will take place in scenography designed by Andrada Chiriac. The authors, the Irish Iseult Golden and David Horan, are two theatre people who, over a decade, have been writing and enacting in collaboration original plays and adaptations after classical plays. Iseult Golden is an actress and playwright, who  founded in 2000, with Carmel Stephens, the Inis Theatre in Dublin. David Horan is the director, the two met when Inis Theater invited Horan to stage the first play in this theatre, "The world's wife." "Lady Susan," "To kill a dead man," and "Tick My Box" ensued,  which caused a stir at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2004, where Iseult Golden won the Best Actress Award. The first encounters with the audience of the new NTB show shall take place on Sunday 7th and Thursday, April 11th, 2019 from8.00 p.m. at the Black Box Hall. The official premiere is scheduled for April 12th and 23rd, 2019. Tickets can be purchased from the NTB box office, as well as online on www.mystage.ro.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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