NEW BEGINNINGS.OPENINGS – There have been many new beginnings in Scottish literature, and it has played a substantial role in many developments opening out into European and world literature: for example, in Romantic fiction and verse (Walter Scott, James Hogg), in the fin-de-siecle (R. L. Stevenson), and in early twentieth-‐century modernist writing (Hugh MacDiarmid). Scottish novelists and poets – Muriel Spark, Edwin Morgan, Alasdair Gray, Don Paterson, Ali Smith, John Burnside, Jackie Kay, Kathleen Jamie – have helped to shape British literature of the last thirty years.
Discussions among theater and literary scholars from around the world at the academic conferences which took place in Sopot in previous years, helped to define 1983 as an important point of reference for topics and authors of interest to the festival organisers. For that reason, between.pomiędzy in 2013 was focused on selected phenomena of literature and theatre from the past thirty years. This became the starting point for a discussion about how at that time the world, literature and theater changed. In 1983, inter alia, Wiliam Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, Miron Białoszewski and Tennessee Williams died, Complicite theater was founded, and Vladimir Pawluczuk published Wierszalin: A Report on the End of the World.
The festival included:
- Teatr Wierszalin performances (Bóg Niżyński and Wszyscy święci. Zabłudowski cud),
- a 5- day Teatr Wierszalin workshop entitled Learning to Fly,
- BOTO reads Białoszewski by the BOTO Theatre Foundation,
- the musical performance Edite 2.0,
- a showing of the film Play Me Something directed by Timothy Neat
- the performance of radio plays (Wierszalin. Reportaż o końcu świata and Kalejdoskop),
- seminars with the participation of eminent scholars from around the world (including Prof. Derek Attridge, Prof. John Bowen, and Prof. S.E. Gontarski),
- open lectures,
- meetings and discussions (for example, on David Kennedy’s poetry),
- presentations of publications associated with the festival (A Between Almanach for the Year 2013),
- A Between Almanach for The Year 2013 (a miscellany of prose, verse, interviews, and scholarly essays)
The third festival/conference was dedicated to the dynamic relationship between text (in a broad sense) and theatre performance, with special reference to Complicite, John Berger, but also to the Wierszalin Theatre company and Bruno Schulz.
Complicite is undoubtedly one of the most prominent theatres in Great Britain. Their performances have been presented three times in Poland (The Street of Crocodiles, Mnemonic, and Measure for Measure). Simon McBurney, the artistic director of Complicite, has frequently mentioned elements of Polish culture as sources of his inspiration (especially Bruno Schulz’s and Tadeusz Kantor’s works). Complicite has won many awards: a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play 2011; the Berlin Academy of Arts Konrad Wolf Prize for Europe’s Outstanding Multi-Disciplinary Artist 2008; the Toronto DORA Award for the Best Production of a Play in 1997; the Time Out Theatre Award 1994; and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Perrier Award in 1985. Complicite has performed all over the world. In 2010, some 90,000 people attended performances of Complicite’s work. Complicite’s most recent production, The Master and Margarita, opened the Avignon Theatre Festival in 2012. Complicite actors cooperate with Peter Brook, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Jacques Lecoq’s drama school.
The festival included:
- theatre performances (A Treatise on Tailors’ Dummies and A Report on the End of the World by the Wierszalin Theatre company on a specially designed acting area on the beach in Sopot),
- a performance by BOTO Theatre inspired by John Berger’s works,
- Songs by Schulz – a concert,
- radio theatre productions by Complicite,
- seminars with eminent academics from all around the world (Professor Paul Allain, Professor Dan Rebellato, Professor John Bowen, and Professor S.E. Gontarski),
- meetings with eminent Polish writers (Antoni Libera, Justyna Bargielska, Jakobe Mansztajn, and Jerzy Jarniewicz),
- theatre workshops (conducted by Debby Mulholland, Jacqueline McClintock, and Douglas Rintoul),
- literary and translation workshops (conducted by Antoni Libera and Jerzy Jarniewicz).