10 and A Market Day with English surtitles at Radnóti Theatre

Trafó House of Contemporary Arts organizes dunaPart Platform of Contemporary Performing Arts for the 5th time between 27 and 30 November 2019. To accompany the programme of the platform, Radnóti Theatre will play the shows 10 (on 26 November) and A Market Day (on 1 December) with English surtitles.


Csaba Székely: 10

How many people’s lives have suffered permanent damage because of our actions? Even if unaware of it, we have mutual influence on one another. We can change others, and in return, they can change us. Our everyday decisions are influenced by other people, while the experiences we share with them have an impact on our way our thinking; we live our entire life within the network of our relationships. But then why is loneliness such an elemental experience for us?

The play written by the Transylvanian playwright known for his Mine Trilogy, Csaba Székely, and inspired by the Ten Commandments, was staged in Hungarian for the first time by Radnóti Theatre. 10 renders the stories of ten lonely people, and just like in a crime TV series, it offers a set of ever deepening insights into the network of their relationships, gradually illuminating their interlocking paths of life. All of the ten people break a Biblical commandment by committing a sinful act. But does committing a sin inevitably make one a sinner? While his style is often compared to that of Martin McDonagh, Csaba Székely takes his trademark approach to the topic of this play as well: he tackles serious questions by means of his characteristic black humor and fills the stage with tragic and grotesque scenes alike.

Csaba Székely debuted as a playwright in 2011 in the Open Forum section of POSZT (Pécs National Theater Festival), where his play Bányavirág was awarded with the Vilmos Prize by the Hungarian Theatre Dramaturgs’ Guild. The career that followed has been similarly successful so far: his plays have been performed on the stages of a number of Hungarian theaters, while on three occasions he was awarded with the prize for “Best New Hungarian Play” by the Hungarian Association of Theatre Critics.

The play is performed with 1 interval.
The play is 3 hours and 30 minutes long.

I was curious about the current state of the laws of Christian ethics, especially at times when we can’t help but break these laws. That is why I focused on situations and life stories, where people, through no fault of their own or by making a choice, break one of the commandments. It is up to the audience to decide whether it is a sin, and if it should be condemned or not.” (Csaba Székely)

The rehearsals should allow the company to delve into this topic, and therefore, we are going to interrogate each other and make the play personal for ourselves. We must delve into ourselves, myself included, since the play can only become personal for the audience, if we too strip ourselves naked. If we ask the question: ’Do I follow at least one of the commandments? How about three?’ I’ve checked, I’m not doing very well. Not me, and neither do we.” (Aba Sebestyén)

POSZT 2019 (National Theatre Festival at Pécs)
Aba Sebestyén | Best Direction
Tibor Cári | Best Music
Best Performance | according to the Audience Jury
Eliza Sodró | Best Female Performance| according to the Actors’ Jury

Radnóti’s great advantage is that it is running an open and brave repertoire, while maintaining its basic characteristics. A brave approach, that is if we may refer to courage at all in the current system of permanent theaters. However, under the leadership of Adél Kováts, Radnóti is one of the few in this respect…
DUNSZT.SK | cultural portal

The staging of 10 is a theatrical achievement. A performance with gravity. It does not easily yield itself to the actors, nor to the audience. We must take it personal, and it is often painful.”
ART7.HU | cultural portal

Radnóti’s 10 is an important and unignorable performance, and it allowed its company to prove once more that they have become one of the most powerful artistic communities of the past couple of years.
MAGYAR HANG | independent weekly newspaper and news portal

Radnóti’s Performance about the Ten Commandments is both Disheartening and Uplifting… One of the outstanding performances of the season.
NÉPSZAVA | daily newspaper


II. András PÁL
V. Márk MÁRFI stud.
X. Ildiko TÓTH

Music performed by: Tamás ROZS, Péter WÁGNER-PUSKÁS

Composer: Tibor CÁRI
Costume Design: Bianca Imelda JEREMIAS
Stage Design: József BARTHA
Video: Gábor ÁGOSTON, Dániel VALÓCZKI
Lights: Sándor BAUMGARTNER
Assistant Director: Monika HATVANI

Pál Závada-István Mohácsi-János Mohácsi: A Market Day

1946. Kunvadas: a fictive village near the city of Szolnok in Hungary. WWII has just ended and only a few of the deported Jews have returned. The village teacher, Sándor Hadnagy, is charged with war crimes, and he finds himself in the cross-fire of political battles. Meanwhile, people are increasingly attracted to lynch law. Poverty and hunger give rise to hysteria, and the villagers are looking for an enemy: they form a troop and decide to meet out justice by their own standards. And in no time, history repeats itself.

Inspired by real events and authentic documents, Pál Závada’s novel, A Market Day, is one of the most significant works of contemporary Hungarian literature. The Kossuth Prize winning writer focuses on a relatively unknown, rather shocking and violent episode of Hungarian history: the pogroms against the Jewish population of Kunmadaras. Závada enquires about the underlying forces of motivation, and it allows him to create a panoramic human story about our historical traumas and the responsibility of the community. The novel, which was nominated to the Libri Literary Award in 2017, has been adapted to the stage by the Mohácsi brothers, which allowed Radnóti Theater to close its Season 2017/2018 by presenting a Hungarian world premiere.

The play is performed without an interval.
The play is 2 hours and 20 minutes long.

I think an illuminating or cathartic work about this topic must go beyond showing the pain and evoking our sympathy. It should also shed light on the myriad of things going on concurrently, the things that people believed in, or what we can find out about the causes and the circumstances, and what points of the story can make us emotionally engaged – in addition to the compulsory feelings of sympathy and remembrance.” (Pál Závada)

I don’t think that those who took part in the pogroms in 1946 were vicious to the core but surely there were evil ones among them. These people were not familiar with the facts since information was scarce if it got to them at all. A lot depends on how a small community reacts to certain things. Then and there evil had escalated in a matter of moments. I’m very interested in how this escalation had happened.” (János Mohácsi)

Grand Prize of the Hungarian Theatre Critics 2018 – Best new play of the year
Contemporary Hungarian Play Award 2019

Radnóti Theater’s performance based on Pál Závada’s novel A Market Day is a taboo breaking performance full of political allusions.”
NÉPSZAVA | daily newspaper

With this performance Radnóti Theater demands a place for itself among those theatres which succeed in exceeding their own high standards with each new play.”
24.HU | one of the most read news portals

It should be the mission of all the theaters in the country to face with certain things. As anyone who deals with society or politics feels more and more problems, Hungarian theater reacts less and less directly to these issues. It is good that Radnóti Theater under the management of Adél Kováts invites many of those directors who are willing to take risk.
SZÍNHÁZ | theater professional monthly paper

This performance is a memento. Remember and make others remember. Warning that something that had happened can happen again. The manipulation of the masses, the creation of the concept of an enemy, making people hate those who are different, the separation of society are well-known methods that the power used successfully in 1946 not for the first time. Society had no answer to that and still has no answer.
REVIZORONLINE.HU | one of the most respected theater professional portals

It is hard and tough but not unendurable to face who we really are and what we are capable of, what we have done with our friends, neighbours and in-laws. It would be good if there were many performances of this play in the country even in the smallest places. Budapest is only a village among the villages where out of greed, cowardice or fear we beat to death our own in the name of ‘we, the Hungarians’.
PRAE.HU | one of the most read cultural portals

The stake of the performance is that if this story remains in Pál Závada’s book or stays within the Radnóti Theater’s walls, if we do not make an effort to understand and interpret this story, we will never live in a livable country.
SZINHAZ.NET | one of the most important theater professional portals


András PÁL
György GAZSÓ
Bettina JÓZSA 

Márton KOVÁCS violin
Csaba GYULAI percussion/gadulka
Ádám Móser accordion
Árpád NÉMEDI dulcimer

Dramaturg: István MOHÁCSI
Costume Design: Kriszta REMETE
Stage Design: Zsolt KHELL
Lights: Sándor BAUMGARTNER
Music: Márton KOVÁCS
Assistant Director: Zsófi ARI