inspired by Joseph Conrad's “Heart of Darkness”

  • Marszałkowska 8

The Heart

Premiere: March 5, 2021
09.03 19:00
10.03 19:00
08.04 19:00
09.04 19:00
10.04 19:00
11.04 19:00
  • Adaptation, direction

    Wiktor Bagiński

  • Script

    Wiktor Bagiński, Martyna Wawrzyniak

  • Premiere

    March 5 2021

  • Duration

    ca. 1 hour 40 min


Performance recommended for audience aged 16 and older.

Smoke machines used during the performance.

About the performance

In 1994, a nearly 30-year-old Nigerian, who lived in Poland, abandoned his newborn son. Thirty years later, his son embarks on a journey to the heart of his story. What is the truth and what is a myth in this family’s story? How to deal with racial stereotypes? How to free oneself from the hate? 

 “The Heart” is a documentary story of a young, black Polish man who embarks on a journey to find his biological father. The script is inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella and based on Wiktor Bagiński’s autobiographical writings. The play attempts to find political meanings hidden in the director’s personal story. 

photos by Monika Stolarska

From the director

“My tragedy is not about being black. My tragedy is not even about being a black Pole. Tragedy that I am most afraid of – to paraphrase James Baldwin – is about accepting theology that rejects life. By that I mean accepting a possibility of being a subhuman. If there is such possibility, or rather if there is ever a glimpse of such a thought, then a fight for one’s humanity begins. This performance abandons discourse in favor of experience. Experience of loss and abandonment, that brought suffering. However it is the search of the source of the birth of hatred that brings carefree affirmation of ABSENCE. Absence of a father.”

Wiktor Bagiński


direction, adaptation: Wiktor Bagiński
script: Wiktor Bagiński, Martyna Wawrzyniak
set design: Ania Oramus
costume design: Marcin Kosakowski
lighting design, video: Natan Berkowicz
music: Bartek Prosuł
choreography: Krystyna Lama Szydłowska


director’s assistant: Wojciech Sobolewski
stage manager: Piotr Piotrowicz
production manager: Magda Igielska
production cooperation: Maria Herbich


Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness”

TR Debut

About the director

Wiktor Bagiński
is a fourth-year drama directing student at the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków. He has also studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw. As an actor he played in a few performances including: Heroes of Future directed by Markus Öhrn (produced by Komuna Warszawa, 2014), Twerk Like a Teen Spirit directed by Marta Ziółek (2015), Footballers directed by Małgorzata Wdowik (produced by TR Warszawa, 2016), or Vernon Subutex directed by Wiktor Rubin (produced by the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre w Kraków, 2018). He assisted Krzysztof Garbaczewski on the production of Cosmos (produced by The Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre, 2016). In 2017 Bagiński directed his own play Negronauts in The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute. At the 8th Young Directors Forum in Cracow he directed The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. He is the laureate of the 3rd Modelatornia competition (project: Black skin, white masks). In June 2020 Bagiński produced The Screens in The Polish Theatre in Poznań.

New Talents Line / TR Debut

TR Warszawa acts as an incubator for new talents and cutting edge projects. Each year in the programme there are at least two performances or performative readings by creators that make their debut in Warsaw: directors and/or playwrights. We do not build a permanent team of cooperating artist but instead we work towards the growth of the Polish theatre in general, with particular focus on the art of direction. TR Warszawa identifies new talents and fulfills the role of an expert while building the knowledge equity of the new Polish theatre.

The search for new talents takes place through competitions – restricted and open (TR Debut, TR Area, pitchings); internship, assistantship and residency application programs; research conducted at the faculties of directing at drama schools, theatre festivals and partner theatres abroad. The creators are selected by a special team made up of the representatives of TR Warszawa artistic team.

We cooperate with people who can think creatively about the theatre and performative arts, who are open to experimenting with other constituents of art and interested in developing their work with the actor’s team; creators who are engaged in the problems of the modern world, for whom theatre is a space of freedom, place where the state of a human and the world can be explored. 

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