Based on Karl Ove Knausgårda's "My Struggle"

  • Marszałkowska 8
  • Induction loop

My Struggle

dir.Michał Borczuch Buy a ticket
  • Directed by

    Michał Borczuch

  • Premiered

    October 6,  2017

  • Duration

    4 h (1 intermission)

  • Tickets

    Normal ticket: 80 PLN
    Concessionary ticket: 65 PLN
    Normal group ticket (over 10 people): 70 PLN
    Concessionary group ticket (over 10 people): 55 PLN


Please be informed that in the performance the strobe lights are used.


Cigarettes are smoked on stage during the performance.


6 volumes, 3600 pages, dozens of translations, millions of copies sold. “My Struggle” a series of novels by Karl Ove Knausgård has been a great success on the publishing market in recent years. Knausgård described in these novels his entire life, from childhood to adulthood. One night in TR Warszawa is all you need to get to know his whole story. A theatre production of this one-of-a-kind biographical novels is directed by Michał Borczuch, one of the most interesting contemporary Polish directors. 

Enter the stream of life with the actors of TR Warszawa.

The performance is recommended for adults (18+ yo). Younger audience’s participation is subject to parent’s and/or legal guardian’s consent (please contact the education

For organized post-gymnasium school groups we offer introductory workshops to the performance (please contact the education department for more details).

From the director

’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 turn our lives into literature. 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 constitute a vital part of the production.”


Michał Borczuch

Michał Borczuch is a laureate of Polityka’s Passport Award 2018 in the “Theatre” category for directing „My Struggle” (among others). The committee awarded the director for „an original and moving theatre. Full of empathy but at the same time a theatre that carefully and without irony analyses the creation and functioning of our ego, memory mechanisms and the role of art in life.”


Text based on “My Struggle” / “Min kamp” by Karl Ove Knausgård

translation: Iwona Zimnicka

direction: Michał Borczuch

text adaptation, dramturgy: Tomasz Śpiewak

set and costume design: Dorota Nawrot

lighting design ATM: Jacqueline Sobiszewski

lighting design Marszałkowska 8: Michał Borczuch i Jędrzej Jęcikowski

music: Bartosz Dziadosz


lighting design: Jacqueline Sobiszewski

music: Bartosz Dziadosz

director’s assistant, video: Wojciech Sobolewski

stage manager: Malwina Szumacher

production manager: Natalia Starowieyska

project’s curator in Szamocin: Agata Siwiak

sound operators: Piotr Domiński, Jarosław Grzelak

video operator: Łukasz Faliński

lighting operation: Jędrzej Jęcikowski

wardrobe: Elżbieta Kołtonowicz, Teresa Rutkowska

prop master: Tomasz Trojanowski

photo shoot involved: Łukasz Raczkowski, Maria Raczkowska

Norwegian language lessonsAdrianna Smerecka

language consultations: Jacek Telenga 

extras: Gaja Dravnel, Piotr Gromek, Stefania Smagała, Malwina Szumacher, Robert Tomala, Tomasz Trojanowski, Łukasz Winkowski

The following children from the Children’s Home in Szamocin participated in the recording of the projected video materials:
Marlena Cholewa, Kacper Janiszewski, Krystyna Kogut, Leszek Kogut, Mateusz Peksa, Danuta Peksa, Grzegorz Peksa, Weronika Popkowska, Adrian Świątek, Jakub Świątek, Patrycja Świątek, Dagmara Świątek, Martyna Wawrzyniak, Gracja Wawrzyniak, Kacper Wawrzyniak, Kamil Zalewski oraz aktorzy: Dominika Biernat, Krzysztof Zarzecki


The following workshop participants took part in the recording of the projected video materials: Martyna Bakuła, Michał Grzegorzek, Agnieszka Jelonek, Małgorzata Kowalska, Aleksandra Listwan, Józefina Moczyńska, Alicja Pietruszka, Monika Rejtner, Alicja Sawicka, Karina Seweryn, Małgorzata Stasiak, Bartek Zdunek

  • The performance is based on the following works: “Min Kamp” vol. I, II, III, IV, V and VI by Karl Ove Knausgård. Copyright © 2009, 2010, 2011 Forlaget Oktober as, Oslo, all rights reserved.

    Adaptation based on: Karl Ove Knausgård’s “My Struggle”, translated by Iwona Zimnicka, vol. I-VI, Wydawnictwo Literackie 2015-2017.

  • In the performance the following works are used:

    a film by Dominika Biernat
    a film by Justyna Wasilewska
    a film by Jan Dravnel
    photos by Wiktor Bruchal
    fragment of a movie “Blade Runner”, Blu-ray and DVD distribution – Galapagos Films.
    “The Siege of Jerusalem” by Invicta
    fragment the audio track from the movie “Stalker” directed by A. Tarkowski


fot. Krzysztof Bieliński


  • “There is no way this could ever work, but it does. Michał Borczuch is staging in TR Warszawa an outstanding production based on the internationally successful novel.”

    Witold Mrozek, Gazeta Wyborcza
  • “ Borczuch gives in to the temptation to veer away from the linear stage story and theatre in itself, and offer an illusion of life, instead. In that regard he is similar to Knausgård and thus, is the perfect person to stage ‘My struggle’.”

    Jacek Wakar, – Kultura
  • “ On the modern world dominated by a narcissistic perspective, ego and emotions. A daring adaptation of the Karl Ove Knausgard’s autobiography.”

    Aneta Kyzioł, Polityka

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