Read fragments of reviews which appeared in the Polish media following the premiere of ‘The Blue Planet’.
‘The Blue Planet’ (based on a best-selling Icelandic book) is a story filled with adventures, in which children will find what they like best: plot twists, magic, humour, horror and a happy, though not obvious, end. […]
‘The Blue Planet’ is also an allegorical fairy tale about the modern world and its problems – dangers related to the destruction of nature, consumer behaviour, power and manipulation or armed conflict. But it is also a tale of friendship, the need for closeness, altruism and dreams which can change even the cunning inter-planetary vacuum-cleaner salesman. The Icelandic director Erling Jóhannesson presented it in a charming way, by means of evocative theatrical tools. However, there’s no place for showiness nor for attempting to win the young audience’s affection at any cost. The makers of the show keep testing the children’s imagination and, judging by the audience’s reactions, are not disappointed in their idea.
Dorota Karaś, “Gazeta Wyborcza”
The performance wins you over not just with its subject and by drawing your attention to the fact that interfering in the natural environment can have tragic consequences. The moving ‘battle’ of wits between Jolly Goodday and Hulda (and Brimir) is drawn to a smart conclusion. ‘The Blue Planet” proves that, based on simple means and a good script, one can create a valuable performance for children, without the use of multimedia or ‘winking’ towards the adult audience.
Łukasz Rudziński, trójmiasto.pl
But this is a fairy tale in which there are no black and white characters. The main characters, Brimir and Hulda (played by Jakub Ehrlich and Edyta Janusz-Ehrlich), undergo a radical metamorphosis a few times. From distancing themselves from and fearing Jolly Goodday, through being fascinated with and trusting him, to being deeply disappointed. They learn from their own mistakes, draw conclusions and search for creative solutions. And though they will never be the same again, we leave them with the hope that they will try to transform this experience into something good.
“The Blue Planet” is yet another performance by the Miniatura Theatre which testifies to the respect and care for the young audience. It proves that it is not worth taking the easy way out while selecting the repertoire and that it is possible to speak nicely and without pathos about important and difficult issues.
Urszula Morga, qlturka.pl
The play’s greatest merit is that it is not obvious. The world of the blue planet is free from clear-cut, radical divisions. Nothing here is black or white, everything and everyone scintillates in various shades of various colours. There is no room for imposing simple story-lines or “home truths”. The end of the performance is very ambiguous and does not provide a resolution, merely suggesting options instead. The tale of perpetual children contains a multitude of meanings. It talks about alienation and standing out. It draws our attention to the myriad dimensions and meanings in the world. It tackles the currently important issue of possession and access to various products. Finally and most importantly, it very clearly shows the consequences of ill-considered decisions, taken on the spur of the moment and for hedonistic reasons. Despite the multitude of subjects tackled, the play is clearly constructed and easily comprehensible to a young audience. What is more, the story of the blue planet and its inhabitants arouses great emotions in children. In the performance I watched most of the audience were children whose degree of excitement at the play seemed to be reaching maximum levels.
The beautiful set design by Iza Toroniewicz, the unusual and very ‘northern’ music by the Icelandic band múm mean that this interesting and wise play can be watched with interest and great pleasure. The cast of the Miniatura Theatre come off very well (with the rest of the cast, apart from the roles already mentioned, including: Wioleta Karpowicz, Wojciech Stachura, Jakub Zalewski and Magdalena Żulińska). Piotr Kłudka as Jolly Goodday deserves a recognition for his rendition of the adult who conceals a child within. A selfish child but quite possibly also very lonely.
And then, the play’s finale. No dismissing or chasing “evil” away, no brushing things under the carpet, as it very often happens with children’s stories. “Evil” sometimes cannot be chased away. But one can attempt to get to know and tame it – as the makers of “The Blue Planet” attempt to prove.
Anna Jazgarska, teatralny.pl