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Hero in the Crowd
Following on from last year’s success, American Corner Budapest is re-launching its English-language improv show titled Hero in the Crowd. Audience participation is encouraged but not mandatory, so shy and bold alike are welcome to come and enjoy the evening.
Hero in the Crowd features short games and suggestions from the audience. Each performance is entirely unscripted, so no two shows are ever alike. The shows begin this Thursday, 19 September, and will repeat each month. Attendance is free but spaces are limited, so register for your seat in good time.
The production is part of the US Embassy’s American Spaces program, designed to share cultural experiences between America and Hungary.
Most Budapest, hosted by the Asterion Project Theatre, is a comedy depicting life here from the perspective of ten expats from ten different countries, from the USA to Brazil. The play explores how foreigners adjust to Hungarian culture, language and way of life.
“Working on this project was an amazing experience,” says director Čarna Kršul, “since every actor in the team came from a different background and culture”. The Croatian actress and director was inspired to write the play after 19 years as an expat in the Hungarian capital.
Most Budapest will be performed at the RS9 Színház. Tickets are sold online.
The Bald Soprano
The Artificial Moon Theatre is a new professional acting company in Budapest, focusing on English-language productions. Their first piece, Ionescu’s The Bald Soprano, is premiering on 1 October at the Három Holló café in the city centre. A second show will follow the next day. The Bald Soprano is an experiment in the absurd, following a husband and wife and their guests in circuitous conversations spiralling into the nonsensical.
“We believe this piece has real relevance to the times we live in,” says the company. “In a world where absurdity – in the news, online, in social media – is so commonplace we no longer bat an eyelid, this ‘anti-play’ remains a valid critique of the human condition.”
The cast is a mix of professional Hungarian and British actors. It is directed by Roderick Hill.