13 November | 21:00 –

The show has been available for viewing from Saturday 13 November, from 21.00, until Monday, 15 November, at 21.00. To activate the English translation, press the CC button at the bottom of the video.

We find ourselves in a totalitarian world, in the midst of a covered-up pandemic. At the Health Parade, the daughter of the Health Secretary says “The Emperor is coughing!” Yet somehow the crowd doesn’t believe her, so the girl and her parents are locked away in a secret location. Her parents search for a solution to save themselves – both in nature and in culture -, without knowing that the girl has a secret room hidden inside her “doll”.

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Author: Maria Manolescu Borșa

Translation in English by Corina Găgeanu

Cast: Mihaela Rădescu, Viorel Cojanu, Silvana Negruțiu, Maria Cioclov

Direction: Leta Popescu

Set design and costumes: Gabi Albu

Make-up: Karina Dumitru

Original musi: Andrei Raicu

Light design: Radu Apostol

Sound design: Andrei Raicu

Editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Cameras: Andreea Lăcătuș, Leta Popescu, Radu Apostol

Replika Centre for Educational Theatre, Bucharest

Duration: 1 h

Performance in Romanian with English subtitles

„For me, the time I spent on Trapped has been one loaded with questions about theatre as art, about its methods and goals. My answer to this is a criticizing comedy, a performance made into a movie, a movie made intro a recorded performance. By crossing the two, I feel I am taking my own research further. Alongside my team, I am telling you a story about us, who are stuck on so many levels.” –  Leta Popescu, director

“The performance Leta Popescu staged at Replika in Bucharest presents a dystopia disguised as a tragicomic story, which turns out to have an increasing number of similarities with our reality. Maria Manolescu Borșa’s play has a striking albeit enchanting effect through the concealed seriousness and, ironically, through the playful way in which it conveys serious, even alarming messages, that have become a part of our (lately very) abnormal everyday life.

This staging is in complete agreement with the strange times we are living: although it takes place in a theatre hall, the audience is absent, and the performance is shot with two cameras. The current recording is completed, alternatively, with previous recordings introduced as a visual counterpoint.” – Andrei Vornicu, „Drumul spre neutralitarism începe cu un tușit”, Vatra, 20 February 2021