Admission by invitaiton only.

Under the guidance of Jolanta Janiczak (Poland) and Marius Ivaškevičius (Lithuania) the participants will be writing plays about today’s relations between Poland and Lithuania as well as the time (1918) when both countries regained their independence.

Three sessions are planned: the first will be held in Toruń on May 22th-25th during the International Theatre Festival Kontakt 2018; the second will take place in the last week of August 2018 in Panevėžys (Lithuania); and the third, also in Panevėžys, during the Contemporary Playwriting Festival held in the last week of September and early October 2018, when the outcome of the workshop will be presented as in stage reading sessions. Such readings are also planned to be held in Toruń at the end of 2018.

The playwrights will write in their own languages (Polish and Lithuanian respectively) and their playscripts will be translated into the other language. During the workshops English will be used as a working language.

The organisers have invited those with experience in playwriting or other literary genres to take part in the workshops.

(CKK Jordanki, Al. Solidarności 1-3)


Funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the INDEPENDENT Program for 2017-2021 under the grant programme “Cultural Bridges” (“Kulturalne pomosty”) run Adam Mickiewicz Institute



Jolanta Janiczak –  a graduate of the Jagiellonian University (major: psychology), a dramatist and playwright closely collaborating with the Polish director Wiktor Rubin. She has made several stage adaptations, e.g. of Michel Houellebecq’s The Elementary Particles (2008), Bolesław Prus’ The Doll – a prizewinner at the Opole Theatre Confrontations ‘Polish Classics’ (2009) and Piero Paolo Pasolini’s Orgy. Janiczak writes texts meant for theatre, for example such plays as: James Bond: Pigs Do Not See Stars; Joanna the Mad Queen (Żeromski Theatre in Kielce); So Said Michael J. (Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk); Ophelias (Wilam Horzyca Theatre in Toruń); Tsarina Catherine (Żeromski Theatre in Kielce); The Towiańczyks: Kings of the Clouds (Stary Theatre in Kraków). In 2011 Janiczak was a prizewinner at the Boska Komedia (Divine Comedy) International Festiva for her play Joanna the Mad Queen, which was shortlisted for the Gdynia Dramatic Arts Award in 2012. She is also a winner of Paszport Polityki awarded by Polish Polityka weekly.

She is a moderador of the Independent 18-18 project representing the Polish side.


Marius Ivaškevičius – born in 1973, a Lithuanian prose writer and playwright. He studied at the University of Vilnius (major: Lithuanian studies) and worked for the Respublika daily. In 1996 he made his writing debut with Kam vaikų, a collection of short stories. Two years later he published the novel Istorija nuo debesies (History from the Cloud). In 1998, his play Kaimynas won a competition for the ‘script of the year’. In the following years Ivaškevičius focused on writing for theatre which soon became his specialty. His plays are now staged in languages other than Lithuanian. With an established reputation as one of the most brilliant playwrights in Lithuania, he published his second novel Žali (Green) in 2002 and wrote and co-wrote scripts for some documentary films. In 2018 he was nominated for the Russian Theatre Award, Golden Mask (for the best playwriting piece written for theatre) for his Exile put on by the Mayakovsky Theatre in Moscow. Two of his plays have been seen at the Kontakt Festival – Malysh directed by Oskaras Koršunovas and Madagascar directed by Rimas Tuminas.

He is the moderator of the Independent 18-18 project representing the Lithuanian side.