Theatre of the Eighth Day
“To Grand and Just Authority” is another performance by Ósemki based on real material, which provides a very bitter commentary on our new great reality, democracy, and welfare. In fact, Polish democracy after 1989 is often limited to fighting for power and the attention of the media while welfare is a privilege reserved for the few. The social costs of the transformation of the system have now appeared to be very high and the frustration of the society is growing.
Perhaps that is why we still write denunciation letters. Because our neighbour has a better life, because we are bored, because he is on paid sick leave and we want that too. Most of them are actually quite funny full of absurdity and anger. We start to choke without laughter in the second part of the performance when we confront the historical role that denunciations played and their possible consequences under different circumstances.