About the performance
Renata is an ordinary, morose neighbour who cannot stand many things in this world, often writes complaints to the city council and grumble about the children’s noisy chatter. She is especially bothered by seagulls, which for some reason loudly intrude her yard. Renata lives in some town’s multi-storey house, in a small apartment, a look inside which allows discovering a very unusual secret. What is Renata really like? Maybe she is just enchanted?
The author of the book “The Queen of Seagulls” Rūta Briede received the Jānis Baltvilks award “Jaunaudze” for debut in children's literature and book art.
“With Edgars Kaufelds, the director of the play “The Queen of Seagulls”, we have created four performances together. Edgars is a smart and honest director, a professional who respects the material that is being staged. When we started the work, we agreed that Edgars could work at his discretion to dramatize this story. And it was a good decision because it allowed me to freely work as a performance artist – I did not have to think about the story or the details that may be important to me in the book but are not necessary for the staged version carried out by Edgars. Or vice versa – new characters and such details of the characters that even are not in the book were sought. Also, the actors, Baiba and Anrijs, gave the book's characters their own ‘history’. In the meantime, I could think solely about the visual image of the play, which would help the director to reveal “The Queen of Seagulls” the way he wants it. This story about Renata is, after all, about freedom, about finding it, about regaining it. It is my duty as an artist of this play, not an author, to implement this freedom in my work.”
Rūta Briede, the author and artist of the book
“Does your child know that a nasty neighbour who can't stand the croaking of seagulls may be an enchanted queen, but an uncle who sings quite off-tune and plays the accordion may turn out to be a loving prince? After watching the play about the seagull queen Renata at the Puppet Theatre, the children will begin to reveal the secrets that live in every person – also both in themselves and their parents.”