Winged Elephants: The Jeżyce Story Project | Guderian-Czaplińska | Polish Theatre Journal

ISSN 2451-2966


Ewa Guderian-Czaplińska

Winged Elephants: The Jeżyce Story Project


The article uses the example of the Jeżyce Story project, a four-episode theatre serial, to examine the strategy adopted by Nowy Theatre in Poznań to construct a new audience. The idea was to change the way the previously run-of-the-mill yet rather elite theatre functioned by opening it to audiences from the neighbourhood and giving them a chance to connect witha stage that they had not previously viewed as ‘their own’. The first step was to invite local residents to barter their stories and share them face-to-face with the actors. These stories then formed the basis for a series of plays portraying several Jeżyce residents as protagonists. The project allowed the new and previous audiences to meet, noticing and learning to appreciate their own diversity.


local theatre; district theatre; community strategies; theatre projects

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Ewa Guderian-Czaplińska

works in the Drama and Theatre Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She is a theatre historian, a sometimes theatre critic, author of books on the history of theatre in Poznań in the inter-war period.