The Titanic Orchestra
A philosophical and absurd comedy about the desire to escape into illusion. In a decommissioned railroad, four outsiders, four burlesque characters are waiting for a train that never stops. In this respect, the play refers to Beckett’s text, Waiting for Godot. But, unlike this, here we are faced with Harry’s appearance and his taking the train. But, beyond this concluded waiting, a new expectation commences. Where shall they head? Towards what realms? Maybe towards a Europe of prosperity? Or an Eden of eternal bliss? Or, actually, towards the grand finale? A painful question raised by Hristo Boicev, the most well-known and enacted Bulgarian playwright of our days.
At his second encounter with the Boicev’s dramatic oeuvre (after The District Hospital from Metropolis Theatre), Felix Alexa creates a universe of a magical realism, also enhanced by the excellent stage set of Andrada Chiriac. Some of the best-known actors of the National Theatre impersonate tragic madmen, endowed with a sharp sense of humour. A tragicomic show where musical moments resonate like the tunes played by the orchestra of the Titanic, while the ship was sinking. And what can be more ironic and more absurd than hearing, in the last moments of one’s life, the vibrant sonorities from Ode to Joy?