Silent Malta - Channel 1 consists of radio dramas produced by Teatr Polskiego Radia for Channel 3 of the Polish Radio. The first part is the retrospective on the radio dramas with sound engineering by Andrzej Brzoska (the laureate of many Prix Italia awards and of Festiwal Dwa Teatry in Sopot). The selection was made with the Idiom: oh man, oh machine / człowiek-maszyna in mind. Our review shows how sound design has evolved since the beginning of 1980s until today.
A satirical and contemplative vision of one’s life. The radio drama received the Prix Italia distinction in 1978.
direction Maciej Zembaty, text Maciej Zembaty and John Porter, featuring Krzysztof Kolberger, Barbara Krafftówna, Gustaw Lutkiewicz, Grażyna Barszczewska and others.
Duration: 29 min
Początek sezonu – Teatrzyk Zielone Oko (1980)
A crime radio drama.
direction Andrzej Pruski, text Edward Dentinger Hoch, featuring Tomasz Zaliwski, Teresa Lipowska, Henryk Talar and others.
Duration: 17 min
The action takes place in a provincial town which appears as though it was located on the border between a real world and a dream, a surreal fantasy and reality. One day, a mysterious man visits the town...
direction Henryk Rozen, text Tadeusz Konwicki, featuring Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Franciszek Pieczka, Joanna Sobieska, Wiesław Drzewicz, Zofia Rysiówna, Marian Kociniak, Krystyna Tkacz and others.
Duration: 56 min
Text Tadeusz Patulski, featuring Zdzisław Wardejn, Krzysztof Kołbasiuk, Anna Romanowska.
Duration: 33 min
Z głębokości wód (1989)
Many years after the war, an elderly Jew, Eli Szyper, is convinced that his world vanished long time ago and the places which he visited and where he lived no longer exist. He does not believe in the young generation. However, he decides to look for a Jewish family of the Osadas and the man, Roman, who saved his life during the war. The radio drama received the Prix Italia award in 1989.
direction Henryk Rozen, text Andrzej Mularczyk, featuring Wiesław Drzewicz, Artur Barciś, Anna Zagórska and others.
The recording of madness experienced by a young sound technician, Andy, who no longer differentiates an original from a copy – reality from the fiction of series and radio dramas. The script author uses diverse genres: a philosophical parable, crime story and novel of manners. The radio drama is also an intelligent criticism of the present-day media which delude their audience, immersing them in non-reality which wants to imitate or even become the reality.
direction Krzysztof Czeczot, text Krzysztof Czeczot, music Adam Walicki, featuring Adam Woronowicz, Magdalena Cielecka, Grażyna Barszczewska, Zbigniew Konopka, Grzegorz Kwiecień and others.
The second part of Silent Malta 2013 will be MPO – Miejska Powieść Odcinkowa [City Novel in Instalments] – the project of Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Nowy Teatr produced together with the Channel 3 of the Polish Radio. Originally, MPO was a novel in ten instalments. We prepared a mini novel for Malta Festival Poznań consisting of 5 instalments, each of which was written by a different author, making references to a specific city. The writers shared consecutive episodes and on their basis wrote their own parts. It is a kind of literature-based city game which in its original version was accompanied by the distribution of a comic strip in some cities. The first and last instalment was created by prose writers: Sylwia Chutnik and Bartosz Żurawiecki (Warsaw and Poznań, where the authors come from, are the link). The middle instalments were the responsibility of playwrights who test their abilities in prose: Tomasz Man, Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk and Krzysztof Bizio (Wrocław, Warsaw, Szczecin). The author of the idea is Piotr Gruszczyński - the dramaturge of Nowy Teatr. Barbara Marcinik and Andrzej Brzoska are responsible for production. Wojciech Dobrosz is the publisher. Performed by the actors of Teatr Nowy.
The third part of Silent Malta is the presentation of one of Channel 3 - “Trójka’s” productions of audio novels. It is a contemporary game with the convention of western – Patrick de Witt’s novel The Sisters Brothers. Featuring the brothers, Paweł and Rafał Królikowski. We received Nick de Witt’s, the author’s brother, permission to use his music.
Barbara Marcinik, Polish Radio Channel 3
rsquo;s life. The radio drama received the Prix Italia distinction in 1978.
Man – machine – it could appear that such a juxtaposition indicates a fight, a conflict. Music that you will listen to as part of channel 2 proves, however, that is does not have to be the case. It is people who create machines and them who decide how they will use the machines. Drums, a laptop, samples of sounds recorded in an old factory can all be used to create the industrial sounds of Nine Inch Nails, but the same set enables you to make enchanting pieces in the style of the daydreamers from Efterklang, melancholic songs of The National and disconcerting, mysterious compositions of Portishead. It depends solely on an artist which of his/her faces he/she prefers to show.
Anna Nowaczyk, music journalist