Theatre group Frank
Fernando Pessoa “The Mariner”
1.09/21:00-22:00/Church of the University of Tartu
Director: Mirko Rajas
Designer: Kalju Karl Kivi
Costume designer: Kristiina-Hortensia Port
Lighting designer: Oliver Kulpsoo
Composer and musical designer: Ekke Västrik
Project manager: Ave Habakuk
Cast: Anna Kristin Peterson, Kristiina-Hortensia Port, Katri Pekri
The theatre group Frank’s “The Mariner” is a production-experiment which looks at the two
days when Fernando Pessoa wrote his play “The Mariner” through the prism of poetry theatre.
How did the writer listen and influence his own stories and how did the characters listen to
and influence the writer are questions which form the basis of the world created on the stage.
The production “The Mariner” concentrates mainly on the inner lives and mental images
painted on the souls of the characters which are expressed by the performances of the actors,
the visual side of the production and the musical fragments which are composed on site by the
composer. With this production, we invite the audience to glimpse at the works and the only
play by the great poet and philosopher Fernando Pessoa so that people could look at their own
life and doings from the perspective of the questions raised in the performance. We also offer
our own answers to questions about the proportion between creating imaginary worlds and
living in the reality.
Theatre group Frank
About the theatre group Frank
The theatre group Frank was formed due to a wish and need to create outside the institutional
system and previously established structures. In their works, the members of the group want
to return to the pure origins of artistic self-expression, valuing sincerity, openness, the joy of
creation, devotion, trustfulness and – most importantly – love of creating and other related
topics. Embodying these values, they try to establish at a compatible system and clearly
defined structure through experimenting. The members of Frank share a passion for different
forms of theatre arts – word, puppet and visual theatre. However, they are also interested
in fine arts, music and literature. The theatre group Frank is looking for opportunities for
organically merging these means of expression in their works.
The theatre group Frank organises meetings on different levels according to the character and
aim of each project. They combine different fields of art into coherent pieces, fresh original
works gather inspiration from timeless classics, seasoned professionals work side by side
with keen beginners... Despite all that, Frank does not abandon its area-specific aspiration
for perfection or give way to homogenization of different characters. The meetings of two
worldviews give rise to a third approach which is unique to the piece at hand. The constant
broadening of creative horizons and honing of skills occurs through people remaining
themselves and discovering and adopting the new without forsaking their values. The borders
are redrawn but the participants remain true to their core.
The group values freedom, courage to discover and eagerness to experiment. Being ready to
experience the new and the surprising is the underlying basis for art which has the potential
to touch the heart and soul of both the authors and the members of the audience. At the same
time, it is important to start each experiment with a clear idea in mind so that reaching the
goal, wandering off the chosen route and finding another could all yield to something and
give something to everyone involved.
The theatre group Frank consists of people with different backgrounds, interests and
professions who want to broaden their creative horizons and foster self-development. Frank
was created to implement the ideas which need a free and intimate atmosphere to reach
their potential as it appeared in the members’ dreams and plans. The group is also keen to
cooperate with different unique individuals and institutions which share their values. Frank is
ready to offer a helping hand to implement ideas conceived by similar-minded people outside
the group which instigate creative mergers. Thus, everyone who is interested can always turn
to the members of Frank to share their plans and find support for implementing them.
Theatre group Frank consists of Mirko Rajas, Ekke Västrik, Katariina Tamm, Kalju Karl Kivi,
Ave Habakuk, Priit Põldma and Evert Saar.