The premiere of the play Messiahs (or if we have nothing left to believe in, should we undermine the thing we could believe in again?) was one of the highlights of Malta Festival Poznań 2018. In November, the play will premiere at Zagłębia Theatre in Sosnowiec.
In the year of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence, Aneta Groszyńska, Jan Czapliński and Marcin Kącki examined the anatomy of the Polish soul, governed by the ideal of Romantic martyrdom. Consequently, they created a performance commissioned by Malta Festival Poznań and inspired by the Hungarian writer Györgi Spiró's novel Messiások [Messiahs], for which the author received the Angelus award. On 16 November, the play will be staged for the first time at Zagłębia Theatre in Sosnowiec. The performance is a coproduction of Zagłębia Theatre and the Malta Festival.
Messiahs (or if we have nothing left to believe in, should we undermine the thing we could believe in again?) tells the story of the Polish soul possessed by the ideal of Romantic martyrdom. In the mid-19th century, following the defeat of the November Uprising, Polish emigrants in France formed the Circle of God's Cause, a strange religious and national sect. They believed that Andrzej Towiański was the new incarnation of Christ and they his apostles. The members of the sect included Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Słowacki, the leading poets of Polish Romanticism. Powerless in the face of history that was taking place right before their eyes, they transformed their frustration of the stateless into a religious philosophy.