The Mermaid/The Bandits. Warsaw Legends - Teatr Lalka

For children aged 4+

The Mermaid/The Bandits. Warsaw Legends

Duration: 60 minutes

Adaptation: Jarosław Kilian, Aleksandra Rembowska
Direction: Jarosław Kilian
Set design and puppets: Martyna Kander
Music and musical arrangement: Grzegorz Turnau

Cast of The Mermaid: Bartosz Budny, Rafał Derkacz, Olga Ryl-Krystianowska
Cast of The Bandits: Anna Porusiło-Dużyńska, Piotr Tworek

For children aged 4+


We invite viewers to a series of seven of the most beautiful Warsaw legends, presented on an intimate scale in various configurations. These familiar, local tales are written in beautiful Polish. They will delight children from primary school and their teachers with their language and narration, and remind them of wondrous stories—partly factual and partly imaginary.

Can the Mermaid’s wondrous song not only enchant, but also make people better and the world more beautiful? One of the most recognisable legends of Warsaw, about the mysterious figure living in the river, is told in an intimate staging, using everyday items that change their functions and meaning before the viewers’ eyes.

It’s hard to imagine that “three hundred years ago the New Town in Warsaw was surrounded by vast marshes and dense thickets, often sheltering wild animals, and in the frozen winter hungry wolves howled at night in the New Town market square.” Sometimes, on such nights, strange uninvited guests knocked on the doors of inns and houses….

With funding from the National Centre for Culture under the Online Culture Programme.


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