The fourth International youth theatre forum "M.@rt.contact" gathered 11 theatres from five countries - Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Polandand for the first time from Kazakhstan. The forum started on March,22.
The program of the forum includes traditional press conferences after every performance, a master class given by a well known Lithuanian director Saulis Varnas, a traditional studio of young directors.
The first performance of the fourth International youth theatre forum "M.@rt.contact" is "Man-Pillow" presented by Yekaterinburg young people's theatre. The performance is based on the play by one of the most popular and controversial playwright Martin McDonach. The author was awarded with the prize named after L. Olivier for the play. The exhibition photo project "People" by Zhenya Byk and Nemo opened on the first day of the festival, too. According to Zhenya Byk, young people think and view the life differently.
The format of the forum is - about the youth and for youth. It was decided not to hold a contest. The idea of the professional jury was turned down because of the decreased number of the participants. The public jury including directors, actors, theatre critics, journalists, spectators will judge the performances. That is the way the best performance will be chosen. According to the director of Mogilev Regional Drama Theatre, Andrei Novikov, there will be judges. The tickets for the festival were sold out within three days.