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Theatre performance features mentally-handicapped actors

A FORMER theatre in Bratislava has been renamed Staromestský klub (Old Town Club) and the actors performing there are mentally-handicapped residents of the Prima House of Social Services who staged their first performance on October 1 with Stopy snov alebo Komentované obrazy z netradičného dialógu (Dreams’ Traces or Commented Images from Non-traditional Dialogue).

A FORMER theatre in Bratislava has been renamed Staromestský klub (Old Town Club) and the actors performing there are mentally-handicapped residents of the Prima House of Social Services who staged their first performance on October 1 with Stopy snov alebo Komentované obrazy z netradičného dialógu (Dreams’ Traces or Commented Images from Non-traditional Dialogue).

“Prima is a daytime facility in which adults with mild as well more serious mental handicaps can spend time,” Patrícia Jarjabková-Garajová told the TASR newswire. Jarjabková-Garajová, along with Viki Janoušková, Dáša Rúfusová and Miloš Janoušek, served as dramatic advisors and helped prepare the theatre piece, which reflects the experiences and desires expressed by the actors during six months of rehearsals and meetings at the theatre.

“They came to work with us after their daily duties and they have been looking forward to doing theatre,” Jarjabková-Garajová said, adding that everyone involved believes they have been able to convey at least a part of their experiences with the audience.

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