“The last betyár”, a spectacular stage performance by the Hungarian Equestrian Theatre

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Hungarian Equestrian Theatre staged a spectacular show by one hundred actors and fifty horses in Komárom. The play brings to life the legendary adventures of the “betyár(s)” the Hungarian equivalent of Robin Hood or the American cowboy folklore.

Actor-playwright Tibor Pintér remarked that the combination of the theater and the horse is a unique national treasure as Hungarian history and the horse are inseparable. We are the nation of horse riders and we have to be proud of that. The production might be interesting for foreign tourists as well, as it introduces a slice of Hungarian history said Pinter.

Tibor Pintér is no stranger to horses; as a child, he was already riding horses and as a young man he won a junior show-jumping championship. One way or another, I am a “betyár” myself since I was born in Veszprém, and as a child I roamed the Bakony, the mountainous region where the “betyár” used to hide. I know the secrets of the land and I still consider it my home said Pintér. This is the first stage adaptation of the outlaws' adventures said the playwright.

The title of the play is “The last betyár”, but from the many famous outlaws no one is named in the play so that everyone can identify with them regardless what part of the country he/she lives as the “betyár(s)” were active in many rigions of the country said Pintér.

In the play we analyzed the phenomenon of lawlessness and tried to figure out what kind of people the “betyárs” were – good or bad. The show offers spectacular stunts lots of shootings and awesome rock music performances said actor-playwright Tibor Pintér.

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