Directed by:
  • Simona Popescu, Radu Afrim: Herbarium
  • Genre: romanian dramaturgy
  • Hall: Main Hall
  • Premiere: 10 september 2022, 19:00 International premiere
  • Length: 2 hours 20 minutes, without pause
  • Script, Music illustration, Video recordings: Radu Afrim
  • Set and costume designer: Irina Moscu
  • On-set dramaturgist: Andreea Radu
  • Light designer: Cristian Niculescu
  • Video editing: Trucza Samu
  • Assistant Director: Dragoș Stoenescu
  • Set and Costume Designer Assistant: Doró Sikó
  • Prompter: Iolanda Belbe
  • Stage Manager: Teodora Crăciun

A poetic reflection on life having as source poetry itself but nature alike, HERBARIUM presents an original perspective – seen through Radu Afrim’s unmistakable artistic flair – on the passage of time in a setting which reunites young couples, middle-aged couples and older ones. They find themselves in different existential moments but fragility, the longing for love and unity and the knowledge of the transient nature of life leaves a mark on each of their gestures and actions. In the never-ending rustling of nature we can grasp – at micro level – the infinite nature of the macro universe that greets us with sunrises, sunsets and stars, a universe equally familiar and mysteriously fascinating of which we are essentially part of.
HERBARIUM is a multisensory theatrical experience and also an inner one, a journey where the magical joins the mundane like in those moments when we breathe in the freezing cold and cannot withhold the gushes of volatile stream framing our faces.

Awards, nominations
The Best Romanian Play Staged in World Premiere category
UNITER Gala Romanian Theatre Union (UNITER) · 2023
Festival appearances
Short Theatre Festival Oradea Oradea, Romania
National Theatre Festival Bucharest, Romania
Romanian National Theatre Meeting Kishinev, Republic of Moldova