based on the series of novels “My Struggle”/”Min kamp” by Karl Ove Knausgård


dir. Michał Borczuch

  • upcoming performances in season 2019/20

    6 volumes, 3600 pages, translations into several dozen languages, millions of copies sold. Karl Ove Knausgård’s "My Struggle" series of novels is the runaway success on the publishing market in recent years. Knausgård describes his whole life, from childhood to adulthood. One night at TR Warszawa is all you need to get to know his whole story. A theatre production of this one-of-a-kind biographical novel is being developed by Michał Borczuch, one of the most interesting contemporary Polish directors. Enter the stream of life with the actors of TR Warszawa.

    Michał Borczuch’s production based on the series of novels by Karl Ove Knausgård, one of the leading Scandinavian writers. The six-volume novel published in 2011 is a project unique in the history of world literature: a literary record of the author’s life from early childhood to adulthood. 

    “My Struggle” is a sprawling, epic meditation about reality. Knausgård’s obsessively detailed narrative inspired me as the modern algorithm for preserving reality and ourselves within it. The extreme, obsessive subjectivity, which at times makes me hate the writer, reveals the truth about our modern times in which the experience of studying oneself as if in a selfie becomes a struggle for existence in the world brimming with people. Others can be very close to us, they can be part of our family, but when confronted with our egos, they are reduced to characters in a novel. Knausgård invites us to make literature out of our lives. But there is a paradox here: when our life becomes important, any other life - even if preserved in minute details - becomes anonymous. For this reason when we developed the project, we juxtaposed Knausgård’s novel with personal experiences of selected readers that will make a vital part of the production. (Michał Borczuch, director)

    Play based on the following novels: MIN KAMP volumes I, II, III, IV, V and VI by Karl Ove Knausgård. Copyright ˝ 2009, 2010, 2011 Forlaget Oktober as, Oslo, all rights reserved.

    Adapted from: Karl Ove Knausgård „Moja walka", translated into Polish by Iwona Zimnickam vol. I-IV, Wydawnictwo Literackie 2015-2017.

    Partner: IKEA

    Media patronage: Norden Centrum Scientific Foundation

    venue: TR Warszawa / ATM Studio, ul. Wał Miedzeszyński 384

    tickets: regular 70 PLN / reduced 30 zł / last-minute 30 zł / 1 zł artistic school students  



    • Michał Borczuchdirector
    • Tomasz Śpiewakadaptation
    • Dorota Nawrotset design, costumes
    • Jacqueline Sobiszewskilight design
    • Bartosz Dziadoszmusic
    • Wojciech Sobolewskiassistant director, video
    • Malwina Szumacherstage manager
    • Natalia Starowieyskaproduction manager
    • Agata Siwiakproject curator in Szamocin




    The four hours fly. There is no way this could ever work, but it does. At TR Warszawa Michał Borczuch is staging an outstanding production based on the internationally successful novel. (...) Borczuch is a master when it comes to managing time, tension, and subtle details. The stage version of "My Struggle" is about our longing for the experience of “normalcy,” “real life” that we seek in more or less disguised fictions. Borczuch is piling on paradoxes, exposing “realism” and “reality” as artifice manufactured with carefully concealed effort.
    Witold Mrozek, Gazeta Wyborcza

    "My Struggle" at TR Warszawa is reminiscent of Krystian Lupa’s marathons that put the audience in a peculiar state of concentration.
    Jacek Wakar,

    "My Struggle", in my opinion, emerges as a strong contender for the most important theatre event of the season.
    Joanna Nabiałek, Krytyka Polityczna

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