“If theatres are serious about reaching out to new audiences, Jadek is the kind of work we need more of”
— Yorkshire Post
“Jadek is loosely based on my relationship with my Grandad, who is my absolute superhero. Living with him changed the way I saw the arts and ultimately, how I saw the world. When a child grows up in a family of violence, they experience the same brain patterns as a soldier at war. Me and my Grandad both grew up as soldiers. He taught me how to stand up for what I believe in. Jadek is for the broken ones, the ones who’ve fought wars, the blind, the Polish, the working class, the ones suffering in silence. This is for every single one of you. And as always, this is for my old man, my Grandad, my Jadek.”
Grandad found a home in Yorkshire in 1945 after spending six years fighting and surviving World War 2. He likes a whisky and hates the ventilation in his front room. Every morning he opens his eyes and a sorrowful “bloody hell” escapes his lips as he realises he’s still blind.
Tasha drinks way too much beer and has moved house a mere 28 times. As as a working class woman trying to survive in the modern day world, Tasha feels repressed by the world around her and pissed off at all the men in it. Tasha found a home at her Grandad’s house after spending what felt like most of her life at war.
‘Jadek’ is based on the true story of when a working-class woman from Yorkshire moved in with her blind, Polish, 94-year-old Grandad.
‘Jadek’ explores how this unexpected turn of events affected both of their lives in the most hilarious, heart breaking and life affirming way.
„Jadek” bada kulturę i tożsamość, zadając pytania, jak przestać być żołnierzem?
Dziadek znalazł dom w Yorkshire w 1945 r. Po sześciu latach walki i przeżycia II Wojny Światowej. Lubi whisky i nie znosi wentylacji w swoim pokoju. Każdego ranka otwiera oczy i bolesne „krwawe piekło” ucieka mu z ust, gdy zdaje sobie sprawę, że wciąż jest ślepy.
Tasha pije zdecydowanie za dużo piwa i przeprowadziła się zaledwie 28 razy. Jako współczesna performerka Tasha czuje się represjonowana przez otaczający ją świat i wkurza wszystkich mężczyzn. Tasha znalazła swoje miejsce w domu dziadka po życiu, które jak sądziła było niekończącą się wojną.
„Jadek” oparty jest na prawdziwej historii, kobieta z Yorkshire, z klasy robotniczej przeprowadza się ze swoim 94-letnim niewidomym,polskim dziadkiem. „Jadek” bada, w jaki sposób ten nieoczekiwany zwrot wydarzeń wpłynął na ich życie w najbardziej przezabawny, łamiący serca i afirmujący życie sposób.
‘Jadek’ explores culture and identity whilst questioning, how do you stop being a soldier?
We are very pleased to announce our new play ‘Jadek’ which will be touring in the Autumn of 2019 at the following venues:
- York Theatre Royal – 16th of October, 7.45pm
- Polish Social Centre, Bury – 20th of October, 2pm
- Derby Theatre – 2nd of November, 5pm
- Stephen Joseph, Scarborough – 6th of November, 7.45pm
- Shoebox Theatre, Swindon – 8th of November, 7.30pm
- CAST Doncaster– 12th of November, 7.15pm
- Theatre Deli, Sheffield – 14th of November, 7.45pm
- Slung Low, Leeds – 17th of November, 5pm
- Square Chapel, Halifax – 21st of November, 8pm
- Henshaws, Knaresborough – 22nd of November, 7.30pm
- Touchstones, Rochdale – 29th of November, 7.30pm
- Barnsley Civic – 4th of December, 7.30pm
“‘Jadek’ is a clever and compassionate play with bite. You are immediately thrown into a world where words are slung like grenades that tick with your pulse until they eventually go off and break your heart. You feel like you are sat with Grandad and Tasha, almost too intimate to bare, this play pulls you in before you can say no.” – Jackie Hagan, Playwright and Activist
We are delighted to announce the Creative Team for the Autumn 2019 tour of ‘Jadek’:
Chesca Joy – Tasha/Writer/Producer
Kelly Munro-Fawcett – Co-Producer
Calum Clark – Production Manager/Stage Manager
Mark Catley – Dramaturg
Jackie Hagan – Writing Mentor
Deborah Dickinson – Advisor
Elle Money – Assistant Producer
Lee Affen – Sound Designer
Calum Clark – Lighting Designer
Irene Jade – Set Designer
Errol White & Davina Givan – Movement Directors
Vicky Ackroyd – Access Consultant/Audio Describer
Maria Thelwell – Access Consultant
Aga Szczepanska – Audience Engagement Officer
Tamsin Cook – Community Director (Prisons)
Kate Horsfield – Administrator
Faye Dawson – PR Consultant
Brett Chapman – Videographer
Piotr Baumann – Grandad
Lucy Rafton – Understudy (Tasha)
“This is a beautiful story that starts small and ends up universal. The dialogue between Grandfather and Granddaughter is so entertaining you’ll want to move in too. The revelations are breath-taking.” – Mark Catley, Dramaturg
Our work appeals to socially engaged audiences and its frank, contemporary and unapologetic approach to the issues it explores has proven successful with both younger and older audiences. We have a comprehensive marketing and audience development plan in place to support out work when it tours. 30% of our audiences for ‘You Forgot the Mince’ were first-time theatre goers and 34% were from low-income backgrounds. Following on from this hugely successful national prison tour, ‘Jadek’ will also tour prisons across the UK.
Research & Development Stage – 2018-2019
During 2018 Chesca spent time with Polish Communities, war veterans and blind & visually impaired organisations to further inform her research for ‘Jadek’. Some of the organisations that helped and supported Chesca’s research include: The Royal British Legion, The Royal National Institute for the Blind, Specsavers, Polish Catholic Church Leeds and many more. In early 2019, Chesca continued to develop ‘Jadek’ in the theatre with a full creative team, blind actor and blind access consultant.
“Imagine If are approaching this very exciting project with the right attitude. As a blind theatre-goer and maker it is encouraging to see them engaging with blind artists, cast members and audiences and I was encouraged by the types of questions and subjects that were being raised in the rehearsal room.” – Ben Wilson, Agent for Change, Sheffield Theatres