English Language Theatre Festival in Bacau

The 15th English Language Theatre Festival for Youth called “The Ingenious Drama Festival” will be held at the Bacovia Municipal Theatre in Bacau, July 14-20.
According to organizers, the Ingenious Drama Association, nearly 120 theatre-loving high school students will dedicate one week of their summer holiday to attending the I.D. Fest an already traditional festival. Jury members include actress Coca Bloos, honorary chairwoman, actress Mihaela Radescu, critic Doru Mares, director and actor Horia Suru and actress Florina Gazdaru (on behalf of the Bacovia Municipal Theater, the traditional partner of the festival). Oliver Williams from the UK will be the special guest at the event for the third year in succession.
The following high school theatre troupes will compete in this year’s festival: The Knockers (Suceava), The Hooleelogans (Timisoara), Heavenly Hell (Timisoara), Brainstorming (Bucharest), In The Spot (Bacau) and Nobody’s Group (Bacau).This year, the troupe A.C.T. of Bacau (also part of the organizing team) will present outside competition “Playing at Truth”, director Lia Bugnar (a show to be performed in Romanian). The contest shows will be performed in English and deal with youth issues and concerns and their understanding of the world from the stage. The shows include “Just another Friday” by David Barrett (In The Spot), “Blue” by Iacob Karina (Nobody’s Group), “True West” (1980) by Sam Shepard (The Hooleelogans), “Crises” by Mihai Ignat (Brainstorming), as well as performances inspired from original texts written by participants, as follows: “Title” (Heavenly Hell), “Freelancers” by Eduard Buhac (The Knockers).
The program also includes a professional theatre performance played in Romanian: “LSD Theatre SHOW” by Christopher Dudang, director Horia Suru.
This year’s festival introduces a new section – “Work in progress” where young people age 15 to 18 could register individually. The festival also aims to give an opportunity those who don’t belong to a troupe to develop their artistic abilities in an atmosphere most creative possible.  Throughout the week, they will participate at workshops meant to help them develop a monologue/one-man show they will perform before the jury and the audience on the penultimate day of the festival.  Separate prizes will be awarded for this section.
All participants will be given the chance to work with professional actors in workshops. This year’s trainers are Andrei Runcanu, Dragos Muscalu, Pavel Barsan and Alice Solomon.

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