A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess, translation and adaptation by Diana David, will take place on the main stage on Sunday, 15 January 2017, at 07:00 p.m.
Since rehearsals are still ongoing, we will begin with a few words from the artists:
For the director Răzvan Mureșan "A Clockwork Orange, cult-novel of the 60's, is a psychological game. Just like an orange can never be associated to a mechanism, the man cannot be deprived of his freedom to choose. When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man, says Burgess. And maybe that's why a man that chooses evil is better than a man forced to accept the good. If lewdies are good that's because they like it... badness is of the self, the one, the you or me."
We have also asked three of the actors in the main roles in what way they have been impressed or not by the character they play, in what way it struck a chord with them? Here are their answers:
Cristian Grosu, interpreting the role of Alex: "A few years ago, when I first read A Clockwork Orange, I started, unwillingly and almost unknowingly, to build this character in my mind. I wanted it until I had it. And now I get to interpret it on the stage of the National Theatre together with my gang. This is the first way in which the character "struck a chord" with me, this fulfilled wish. The second way refers to the aesthetics of ugliness, to the human hideousness and the wisdom which sometimes helps us extract a beautiful and noble meaning from a series of horrific events. But this is not a chord that can be "struck". It's a chord that each spectator discovers on his/her own."
Radu Lărgeanu, interpreting the role of Dim: "As much as possible, I try not to be influenced by the characters I play. I don't think it's good for my mental health. What would it mean to be influenced by these characters, especially characters like "Moho"?!...
However, a few things remain stuck with me once I begin playing with these texts, ideas, characters. Feelings, words, but most often than not, questions. I cannot say whether Moho left something in me or not, because I am not done with him, we are still playing every day until the premiere. However, one word keeps haunting me ever since I began working on this production and the word is "violence". And a question that stuck with me after the production Our Class: "How can human beings be capable of such deeds?"
Miron Maxim, interpreting the role of George: "I have always been interested in what makes people turn evil, in what makes them want to inflict suffering around them and this role is a welcome opportunity to explore these mechanisms. I want to discover, during rehearsals, as many of the inner reasons that cause the violent behavior of the character as possible. I suspect that I will end up having more questions than answers."
A few words about the author:
A Clockwork Orange is a world famous novel by Anthony Burgess (1917-1993), published in 1962 and adapted for the screen in 1971 by the director Stanley Kubrick, a famous film starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Michael Bates. The film was highly controversial and was withdrawn from the market for thirty years, which added to its popularity.
The title is explained by the author himself, who states that a "clockwork orange" is an old cockney expression referring to a deviation from the norm. "Nothing can be more bizarre than a clockwork orange", says Burgess. "While I was working in Malaysia as a teacher, my students, when asked to write an essay about a day in the jungle, would often say that they would take a bottle of «orang juice» with them. «Orang» is a familiar word in Malaysia and it means «human being». Cockney and Malayan blended in my head and generated the image of people as juicy and sweet as oranges, forced to take the shape of mechanical objects".
A few words about the production:
Alex, Pete, Dim and George are four rebellious young men who live off nightly robberies which bring them not only money, but also pleasure. They take great pleasure in the violence they inflict on the weak, like the Beggar, but not only. After a series of such mischiefs, Alex, the ring-leader - as he proudly states "There has to be a leader. Discipline there has to be. Right?"¬ is locked up and subjected to a series of reeducation techniques meant to transform him into an individual perfectly adapted to society. The matter of the free will, raised by the jail Priest: "What does God want? Does God want woodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some ways better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?", is a problem the production invites us to meditate on. And it does so in a very personal, alert manner, the scenes succeeding one another amazingly rapidly. A twirl of violence, deafening music, but also a delicate scene in which the four "evildoers" sit and watch the starry sky as if searching for the answer to the clergyman's question. A clockwork Orange is not a plea for violence, but an antidote against it. Otherwise, why would Beethoven's Ninth symphony always be in Alex's head and why would the Ode to Joy be delicately performed at a certain point in the production, interrupting for a second the chain of violence?
director and designer: Răzvan Mureșan
Costumes: Ilona Lőrincz
video, animations: Cristian Pascariu , Marius Mureșan
assistant director: Radu Lărgeanu
lighting designer: Jenel Moldovan
Alex: Cristian Grosu
Dim: Radu Lărgeanu
George: Miron Maxim
Pete: Cristian Rigman
Girls from the Korova lacto-bar: Adriana Băilescu, Patricia Brad, Diana Buluga
Tramp: Ruslan Bârlea
Billyboy: Silvius Iorga
Billyboy's gang: Andrei Han, George Olar, Vlad Marin
Girl 1: Iuliana Danciu
Girl 2: Nadina Cîmpianu
Mother: Irina Wintze
Father: Petre Băcioiu
Deltoid: Matei Rotaru
Mr. Alexander: Mihai Nițu
Mrs. Alexander: Alexandra Tarce
Old woman: Adriana Băilescu
Police inspector: Silvius Iorga
Police sergeant: Andrei Han
Chaplain: Ruslan Bârlea
Chief Guard Barnes: George Olar
Minister of the Interior: Ionuţ Caras
Dr. Brodsky: Cristian Rigman
Dr. Branom: Diana Buluga
Actor: Matei Rotaru
Actress: Patricia Brad
Joe: Vlad Marin
Rubinstein: Patricia Brad
Beethoven: Miron Maxim
Written by Eugenia Sarvari