Theatre Performance – 27th December 2018 “A Hundred Years in a Hundred Minutes” (and Then Some)
The theatre performance is part of the 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival and will be on 27th December at 5PM at the Latvian Hall in Adelaide.
This play was specifically written for Latvia’s centenary for the Sydney Latvian Theatre Company and incorporates works of established and well-known Latvian authors with sketches written by new authors. Along with the sketches there are musical interludes. These are woven together by two characters (the little devils) who were created by one of Latvia’s most famous authors, Rudolf Blaumanis. They take the audience on a journey through Latvian culture and history. As with all journeys, there are moments of reflection but there are many more that will bring a smile to the lips of audience members.
The little devils, along with help from the spirit of Latvia (Latvian National Theatre Company actor Egils Melbardis) remind the audience of the impact of singing on Latvian lifestyle and history, the soviet years and how 100 years have influenced traditional folk dancing, theatre, literature and entrepreneurship. However, this is not a history lecture. Actors and technical staff from Sydney, Latvia and Melbourne create a mad romp through selected aspects of history, interact with the audience, create poignant moments but many more humorous ones. Apart from the standard elements of a play – sets, costumes, lighting, sound and live action – this production includes sketches that were filmed in Latvia. This co-operation between Latvians living in Latvia and Australia is central not only to celebrating the centenary on stage but also to a lively production. As a famous Latvian chef says, “What could be better than that!”