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This story is set in Hungary in the 1960’s. The secret police has Michael Besenczy under surveillance. Besenczy is Hungarian but has been living in England since his childhood. As a young man, he came back to his home country to study film directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts.
There is a strong suspicion that he is working with British intelligence. Agents placed around him are commissioned to form intimate friendships, erotic relationships with the subject in order to learn as much as possible about him and provide privileged information. But no matter how good they are in their job, they cannot hide from the secret police’s and each other’s observant gaze. In the end, they might find themselves vulnerable upon discovering their deepest fears in the eyes of their subject.
Observers is Kelemen’s third production for Trafó and the focus is yet again on the workings of Hungarian society, on an episode of our recent socialist past that many are still familiar with and that today’s youth can also easily relate to.
Somogyi Sándor („Rómeó” fn. ügynök): Baki Dániel
Michael Besenczy: Rétfalvi Tamás
Sárközi Judit: Józsa Bettina
Rózsa Erzsi („Puma” fn. ügynök)/Pataki elvtársnő: Réti Iringó
Horváth hadnagy: Jankovics Péter
Dramaturge: Turai Tamás
Visuals and stage design: Schnábel Zita
Visual assistant: Bartos Letícia
Music: Márton Péter (Prell)
Video: Virág Balázs
Research archive materials: Barna Orsolya
Technical manager: Lengyel Ákos
Assistant to the director: Totobé Anita
Actors’ coordination: Kiss Réka Judit
Production manager: Böröcz Judit
Director, writer playwright: Kelemen Kristóf
Special thanks: Forgács Péter - Private Photo and Film Foundation, Pálinkás Bence György, Szőnyei Tamás, Thury Gábor, Open Society Archive Budapest, FORTEPAN
Coproducers: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Orlai Productions, FÜGE Productions,
Supporters: National Cultural Fund, Ministry of Human Capacities, Jurányi Art Incubator House, the Municipality of Budapest, Budapest City Branding Nonprofit Ltd., Staféta
The production was realized in the framework of the Staféta program of the Municipality of Budapest.
Kristóf Kelemen is supported through the Esztrád Theatre Grant Program.