Irredeemable Saint

Ľubomír Feldek

Irredeemable Saint


Staged portrait of the Roman Catholic dissident and physician Silvester Krčméry

The new SND building, The Blue Salon
23. 6. 2017

Schedule of performances

Thursday 6. 10. 2022
19:30 h 22:00 h
In sales
Thursday 1. 12. 2022
19:00 h 21:30 h
Tour / theatre tour

With the play by Ľubomír Feldek, the series in the Blue Salon continues to present staged portraits of major figures in our history. Irredeemable Saint or Yours Is the Power, Ours is the Truth tells the story of one of Slovakia’s major figures; though less publicly known who less publicly known, he is yet the more significant: the Roman Catholic dissident and physician Silvester Krčméry. The narrative focuses on the moral legacy of his time in prison when no one had been able to break him, not even when using the harshest methods used by state police state police. His living faith helped him to overcome what is by now virtually unbelievable methods of torture that to make him a better citizen hence to deny his faith and consent to the power of the Communist dictatorship. Nonetheless, Silvester Krčméry never became the desired "better citizen". Instead he had shown utmost strength, withstood all tests, and refuted all court decisions that would have released him from prison, for he never considered himself guilty. The play evolves along several timelines – in the 1990s in his clinic where he is called on by former investigator; in the 1950s in different places where he is interrogated and imprisoned. The inevitability of repentance and the elevating power of forgiveness serve as all but pathetic yet deep theme that has lost none of its currency.

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes with interval

Production Team

Directed by Kamil Žiška
Dramaturgy by Peter Kováč
Set and Costume Designer Peter Janků