For the outdoor performance "Skroderdienas Silmači" - 30

Rūdolfs Blaumanis' play "Skroderdienas Silmači" is a phenomenon in Latvian drama, because there is no other play that is so popular. It has been staged in both professional and amateur theaters and is an integral part of Midsummer's Day every year.





The Silmači houses depicted in the play really existed in Druviena parish in ancient times. In the 80's Imants Ziedonis near the half-ruined house, I walked around the cultural and historical places of Latvia, laid a stone with the inscription "Silmači" and organized a bite.
In the spring of 1986, Silmači houses were renovated in Druviena. The construction team of the existing collective farm "Plēsums" carried out restoration works, which was the initial intention. The walls of the building were made of real logs in the old days, but the men of Druviena knew how to find a two-branched pine. However, the intentions expanded and the idea arose to build an open-air performance area.

On June 21, 1986, an exposition dedicated to the performance of R. Blaumanis' play "Skroderdienas Silmači" was opened in the renovated house of Simači, as well as the first open-air performance on the newly created open-air stage took place. The Silmači Museum is probably one of the few, if not the only, museums dedicated to a single show. 30 years ago, the exhibition was created by literary scientists Antra Torgāne and Līvija Volkova, designed by artist-designer Bruno Aide.

In 1986, two open-air performances of the State Academic Drama Theater (now the Latvian National Theater) took place on June 21 and 22. The director of the performance is Alfreds Jaunusans. The total number of spectators in both shows is 14 thousand.

Performances take place for 6 years from 1986-1991.

In 1991, the Silmači house barn building was renovated, which is used to house the museum's exposition.
In 2001, an open-air stage was performed by Voldemārs Šoriņš and Zigurds Neimanis in "Skroderdienas Silmači", in which actors from various theaters take part.
After 30 years, on June 21, 2016, the actors of the Latvian National Theater, led by director Indra Roga, will gather again to celebrate Midsummer's Day with the play "Skroderdienas Silmači".



Photo from the play "Tailors' Day in Simachi", 80s of the 20th century.



Works by R. Blaumanis, available in Gulbene district libraries here .

More information about the open-air show "Skroderdienas Silmači" here .