Illusions on sale


Truthful viewers will be happy about the fact that even after moving places, the poetics of SkRAT Theatre haven´t changed a bit. Again they will be able to see good, as well as not-that-good scenes, but the “main idea”, as we were taught on the lessons in school when analysing literature, can be found with great difficulties. In this case, the title of the project and the citation of American writer and philosopher Robert M. Pirsig: “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion,” comes in handy when trying to find that main idea. The religion in this play is mainly the consumer society. Nothing can become a more current topic when most of all, we seem to like lying to ourselves. Even music perception becomes a sort of ware these days; woman impassioned with music sits in a shopping trolley. Another scene shows a self-centred DJ, selling his unrepeatable music taste. (...)

SkRAT (in Slovak: cut off) doesn’t mean any cut offs of unexpected discharges, but a fluent flow, which compared to the one-way commerce is staying alternative.

Zuzana Uličianska: Illusions on sale, SME, 12th March 2012