Scene Mirror (SM) / The Mirror of Stage (MOS) is an Anglo-Polish theatre project based in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
Apart from the production of Polish and English performances, we are engaged in the production of a variety of educational and artistic activities, such as drama workshops for all ages, acting lessons, themed, costume photo sessions in collaboration with Mr. Bumble’s Photobooth atelier, costume rental and many others. It all started a few years ago, with art and theatre classes I conducted at one of the Polish Saturday schools in Edinburgh. Over time, as the projects continued, my youth group became a regular youth theatre, together with stage collaborations with adult actors, which made our subsequent performances intergenerational productions.
We had our English-language debut in the Scottish Parliament, during the Celebrating Diversity Day in Scotland – Polish Culture and Language event, where we staged an English version of established Polish author Adam Mickiewicz’s ballad “Mrs Twardowska”, adapted and expanded for the needs of spectators who may need to be introduced to the adventures of Master Twardowski.
In conclusion, from the reaction of our audience, we were successful, which, however, I must admit, was not immediately so obvious. “Mrs Twardowska” in Holyrood in Scotland was my first play that wasn’t conducted in Polish. Extreme fear, unusual jitters, a big question mark – will it work? Paradoxically, I was not worried about young people – my students, most of whom spoke English often better than Polish. The word is an integral part of acting and as Stella Adler used to say, the actor’s job is to understand the size and dimension of the spoken words and to understand in depth what is beyond words. So you have to feel and think in the language you play in, otherwise you’ll never be persuasive enough…