Spartacus. Love in the time of plague

Spartakus. Miłość w czasach zarazy
  • reżyseria: Jakub Skrzywanek
Two people are hugging.
Zegar120 MIN

Based on Janusz Schwertner's reports, documentary materials, and interviews with patients, parents, and medical professionals from child psychiatry departments in Poland.

Suicide is the most common cause of death among children in Poland, more frequent than cancer or traffic accidents. Nearly 70% of LGBTQ+ teenagers in Poland contemplate suicide.

Realizatorzy i realizatorki

  • reżyseria: Jakub Skrzywanek
  • scenariusz: Weronika Murek i Jakub Skrzywanek
  • dramaturgia: Weronika Murek
  • scenografia: Daniel Rycharski
  • kostiumy: Natalia Mleczak
  • muzyka: Karol Nepelski
  • choreografia: Agnieszka Kryst
  • reżyseria światła: Aleksandr Prowaliński
  • wideo: Krzysztof Kuźnicki i Jakub Skrzywanek
  • asystent reżysera: Adam Kuzycz-Berezowski
  • asystentka kompozytora: Oktawia Pączkowska
  • Inspicjentka: Anna Pawicka

In 2020 and 2021, Janusz Schwertner's reports made a significant impact, shaking public opinion with stories about teenage patients and their parents entangled in the child psychiatric care system. These materials, expanded with our own documentary work, served as a starting point for creating the play. SPARTACUS: Love in the time of plague is not only a story about a specific group and branch of medicine but an attempt to examine how we care for each other in today's Poland.

Seeking to move beyond existing disputes, we invited dozens of individuals from various backgrounds, including the Rural Housewives Association from the village of Stobno, Lambda Szczecin, a group representing LGBTQ+ individuals, artists gathered around the Contemporary Theatre and the Academy of Art in Szczecin, as well as doctors and experts working with children and youth in suicidal crisis.

Together, we want to make it clear that the right to love and self-determination belongs to everyone, and caring for those who cry out for help and acceptance is the responsibility of us all.

If you have suicidal thoughts or are in a suicidal crisis, please call 116 111.

The information you provided lists the representatives of Lambda Szczecin, the Rural Housewives Association from the village of Stobno, and students from the Academy of Art in Szczecin. It also mentions consultants in child psychiatry, suicidology, and medical rescue:

Lambda Szczecin Representatives: Irys Barda, Emilia Donart, Łukasz Lanica, Madzia Marciniak, Kody Pyrozhenko, Nora Rodziewicz, Rita Skalskx, Laura Tabaka, Monika Tichy, Andrzej Witczak, Gerard Wojakowski, Fryderyk Zambor.

Rural Housewives Association (Koło Gospodyń Wiejskich) from Stobno: Barbara Dąbrowska, Urszula Jankowska, Alina Jasiorska, Marianna Kemplia, Jadwiga Kołcz, Grażyna Łatka, Teresa Matyja, Magdalena Nowotniak, Grzegorz Nowotniak, Krystyna Oczoś, Halina Partyka, Bożena Piotrowska, Jolanta Resiak, Jan Śnieg, Marzena Winiarczyk, Halina Żyjewska.

Students from the Academy of Art in Szczecin: Inez Dapszus, Anastazja Stańczyk, Dorota Szynkaruk, Alicja Woland.

Consultant in Child Psychiatry: Dr. Maja Herman. Consultant in Suicidology: Danuta Sowińska. Consultants in Medical Rescue: Rozalia Jaz, Wojciech Maciantowicz.

The media partner of the play is Onet.

Theatrical podcast: No one would choose this for themselves - a report. The narrators are Alicja and Marianna (participants in the wedding ceremony), Monika "Pacyfka" Tichy (Lambda Poland), Jakub Skrzywanek (director), and Daniel Rycharski (set design). Conversation in Polish

Plakat do spektaklu. Dwie młode osoby przytulają się. Jedna z nich wpatruje się w obiektyw.

Photo by Karolina Babińska, layout by Pełnia Studio


We invite non-heteronormative couples to take part in a performative wedding ceremony during the performance. Applications (for adults only): [email protected].


  • The play reached the finals of the 29th Nationwide Competition for Staging Polish Contemporary Art.
  • The play was showcased at the 29th International Festival of Pleasant and Unpleasant Arts in Łódź and the 43rd Warsaw Theatre Meetings.
  • The play was presented at the 2nd International Festival of Young Artists Nova Komedie in Prague and at Divadelní svět Brno.


  • "Szczecin has remained in me, and it will probably stay for a while. Spartacus. Love in the time of plague. The play - pain. The play - a manifesto".
    – Piotr Jacoń, dziennikarz TVN, ojciec osoby tęczowej
  • "Spartacus is an event that transcends the boundaries of a theatrical work; it is a bold intervention into social order, an anarchic gesture in the name of soothing human fears and longings. A dazzling debut in stage design by the great visual artist Daniel Rycharski".
    – Maciej Nowak, dyrektor artystyczny Teatru Polskiego w Poznaniu
  • "The performance of the Szczecin Contemporary Theatre, in my eyes, is a groundbreaking work".
    – Zofia Kowalska, Teatr dla wszystkich


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