Persona: The Post-Show Talk

Actors from Persona in Conversation with Youth Delegates

We sat down for a chat with the actors from the play, Persona: Rauno Kaibiainen, Merilin Kirbits, Kristian Põldma, and Tanel Ting.

Performance Synopsis:
I live in an apartment. There are three more people here. I don’t know who I am, where I belong or where I am. I am lost? It seems to me that these others are about the same … I live with them in this strange community because, in my opinion, it saves me from this hell of a typical view of the life in which I grew up in the witchcraft.

It’s not me, but who am I?!? What is my life like? What is myself? My Identity? Is this “typical life” my identity? I don’t know the answers, but I have this room, that time, those people and those questions to find it for myself.

The production was directed by Matteo Spiazzi.

This is Part 2 of a 2-Part series of posts about this production, click here for Part 1 where you can view photographs from the performance at the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019 in Kristiansand, as well as hear some reactions from Youth Delegates in the audience.

Eliot Moleba is a Johannesburg-based scholar, playwright, and director. He is one of the founding members of PlayRiot, a collective of playwrights committed to telling bold, contemporary South African stories. Moleba’s work explores social issues and how they (re)shape young people’s lives. He is now producing a ten-part series of artistic productions under the theme “The War You Don’t See”, looking at how global conflicts and migration impact and/or affect children’s lives. He was the resident dramaturg at The South African State Theatre, and is currently enrolled for a PhD in Theatre Directing at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts.