AROUND THE WORLD IN 14 MINUTES AND 8 SECONDS WITHOUT WILLY FOGG
Stormy pantomime travel film
Duration: 15 minutes
Playwright-director: Veronika Karsai
“It is good to travel. Quite a lot of everything everywhere… Experiences. Impression. Plus sights, too. It is good to travel. In 14 minutes and 29 seconds. Around the world. Without Willy Fogg.”
This is the way our hero sees it, who travels around the world in the given time, and Willy Fogg does not travel with him. He takes to the road; the spectator can witness his adventures from the departure from the airport until his looking the scrapbook. Spectacular movement choreographies, excellent music and lights, if possible, guarantee that the viewer is brought to Thailand, then to Alaska, to Egypt and to the Mars, and with the touch of Japan, they call in at, among others, London, Paris, Venice and New York. Hungary also gets observed from a tourist’s point of view with some self-irony added to the constant stormy humour. Finally, it is recalled again in the form of bloopers’ section where we were, and what we saw there. Memories are mixed; certain moments turn into slow motion; others become rhythmic.
Only one thing will be certain at the end: the tired smiling faces of the performers on the closing act “photo” along with the applause and the whoops of the audience all give proof about the fact that it is good to travel. Even to the world of the pantomime.
First performance: (first, short version): October 2002. Budapest, Hemingway Restaurant, the press conference of Tensi Holiday Ltd.
Third, current version: January 2008. Budapest, Madách Theatre.