Tough case in one act

Mister M. is an ordinary man. He works as a graphic designer in an advertising agency. In addition to that, Mr. M is also a masochist. From that moment onwards when the lovely Janika properly spanked his bottom, Mr. M has taken a growing liking to that kind of sexual expression. But the rouble is that Mr. M lives in that boring and conservative tiny country where one actually has to fill in a questionnaire  before visiting a dominatrix. All for the good of lessening the security risks.

Mr. M begins a desperate journey in order to find stronger pleasures. Luckily, he discovers that his work life can prove to be a perfect source for humiliation. From that moment onwards, Mr. M gets his satisfaction from the salary cuts, unpaid overwork, and from the lack of holidays and social services. But everything changes for the better when he is let go from the advertising agency and is hired as a cleaning man in a shopping mall. The man can barely survive whilst working five illegal jobs at once. His peak moment as a labouring slave arrives at the International Olympic Games of Human Resources where his need to feel used even surpasses the one of the Chinese.

There is no one out there who could survive such personal sacrifices and working hours as the citizens of a tiny European country can; the citizens who find pleasure in torture. “Secure, reasonable and based on mutual consent” - is the main rule of sado-masochistic relationships. These are the same principles that govern our daily work conditions to which we succumb on a daily basis. 

Czech author Roman Sikora has written a wild and thought-provoking farce about the ordinary European's relationship to his work. And it hits the bull's eye.

Duration: 1h and 45 minutes, no intermission.

Premiere: February 27, 2014 in National Library Theatre Hall.

Photographer: Siim Vahur 

Author: Roman Sikora
Translator: Küllike Tohver
Director: Christian Römer (Germany)
Designer: Iir Hermeliin
Lighting designer: Sander Põllu
Video and sound designer: Rene von der Waar (Germany)
Choreographer: Marge Ehrenbusch
Director's assistant: Auri Jürna
Project leader: Tiiu Talvist
Make up artists: Gristina Krüger (NO99) ja Maarja Järvsoo (Tallinn City Theater)
Cast: Raivo E. Tamm, Katariina Ratasepp, Tanel Saar, Margo Teder, Ago Soots, Lauri Saatpalu
Photographer: Siim Vahur