Georgian International Festival
of Arts in Honor of Michail Tumanishvili
25 October

Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre
164, Agmashenebeli Avenue 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
For Real

Kato Javakhishvili, Nino Sadghobelashvili, Manana Menabde


For Real


Director: Manana Menabde

Artist:  Mamuka Tkeshelashvili

Music by Dato Tavadze, Manana Menabde

Choreographer:  Muro Gagoshidze

Video-imaging:  Giorgi Khositashvili

Technical Director: Tamar Sesiashvili


Cast: Tamar bziava, Irina Giunashvili, Ana Matuashvili, Tsotne Metonidze, Salome Mikadze, Kakhaber Shartava, Nika Chkhaidze, Ilia Cheishvili



Running time: 100 min

/no interval/

Premiered: 28.04.2017


The concept of the play is recited by the language close to parable, in the fairy tale aesthetics, putting in pictures the human fortunes as adestiny of the mankind. This is the story of the perpetual yearning for perfection, for the power…and a struggle with passion and sin, our resistance to constant lying to ourselves - Gloria Mundi (the glory of the world) in eventual fall.


Design of the play is laconic, neat and made in conceptual resolution.  Essentially it is based on conventionality, where the only real thing is an apple, a symbol of life. The scenic solution, the acting physics and the concept help to open up the main idea of the story, while the conceptual objectives already are on the stage: phrases, texts, monologues, choreography, audio and video material that depict the art as a pure artistic gesture.


The main concept of the play - the abstract understanding of the idea offers a peculiar perception of reality, the non- corresponding reality that generate irony and grotesque that explicates the abstractive noetic of the play.


The Film Actors Theatre was ceremoniously opened in 1978 year on 14 th of January, on the day traditionally celebrated as the Day of Georgia Theatre. This event was a truly significant  moment in history of Georgia theatre and a memorable millstone as the great Georgian theatre director of our times Michael Tumanishvili welcomed   the  audience into his own theatre, where the permanent troupe was comprised of his students and the experimental group of directors and actors, These were aspiring, highly talented young people fanatically  in love with theatre, sometimes even referred as ‘ soloists  of orchestra’ or as  Tumanishvili’s ‘chamber ensemble” teamed up tied together at the time  when the outstanding director left the Rustaveli Theatre.

            Officially called as the Theatre Workshop of the Georgian Film Studio the ensemble bad its manifesto and rituals. Central here was the  studio work, psycho – physical training and improvisation. ‘Improvise, exercise on episode, and  then develop it… motion, motion and motion is our main task" – used to say maestro. And so the actors came to a beautiful stage as if they were mounting the scaffold “to be burnt in ashes” totally  enchanting audience by the theatrical sensation they watched in a cozy little space.

            Michael Tumanishvili aestheties, his innovative approach formed in the 1950s when he worked in Rustaveli Theatre. “We were the bridge which ensured that the romantic, declamatory and rhetorical theatre of pathos… We came to bring along change," Tumanishvili, the reformer wrote in one of his books.

The production of the Film Actors Theatre have proved highly successful at various reputable festivals in Europe, Americas and Australia.

           "Don Juan"  was named among the top ten at Edinburgh  Festival. “You have  to go to Tbilisi to discover Moliere? Why not? That’s the theatre. Tumanishvili’s Don Juan is the best I’ve seen: it’s fast , insolent, modern, brilliantly played by through every fibre in their bodies.” Was what Peter Brook said about the production.

At the First International Shakespeare Festival in London in 1994, Tumanishvili’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was acknowledged to be the best among the world famous directors works.

            Another production which gained international fame is Bakula’s Poigs, Michael Tumanishvili’s  adaptation of the classical Georgian play. The prefomance is exceptional as it has been in the theatre repertoire for 35 consecutive years and the oldest running one on any Georgia stage.

            During the 1990, the hard times in the modern history of Georgia, when gunfire sounded in the streets, when bloodshed tainted the struggle for freedom, Michael Tumanishvili produced A Mdsummer Night’s Dream. The choice he explained by a simple phrase, ‘I just wanted to say that Love is supreme.

Michael Tumanishvili  died in May 1996 while rehearsing Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard. But his powerful creative spirit still reigns in his theatre.

            The former students of the great director  are still loyal to the theatre, now joined by a younger  generation. Much is done to preserve the best practices of the well-established theatre -  new performances are produced regularly, interesting discussions are held and numerous projects  are fulfilled within the walls still keeping rich traditions.

          Moreove, the theatre invariably welcomes young talented actors and directors, who can benefit from the resources and support given to them so they can put their ideas to life.

        "The language of the theatre has become more complex. New means, solutions, techniques and forms are needed. Anyone, especially the  young, should be given the opportunity to courageously take the hard road of experimenting. We need to forever remember Stanislavski’s words that eternal Art is an endless road which requires renovating every 15 or so years: / Michael Tumanishvili 


See all
  • GIFT/ Georgian International Festival of Arts in Tbilisi in honor of Michail Tumanishvili
  • 164, Agmashenebeli Avenue, 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • General enquiries : + 995 32 235 0203
  • Press Office: + 995 551176818

  • GIFT/ Georgian International Festival of Arts in Tbilisi in honor of Michail Tumanishvili
  • 164, Agmashenebeli Avenue, 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • General enquiries : + 995 32 235 0203
  • Press Office: + 995 551176818