The introduction evokes the historical and sociological foundations of phenomena known as counter-culture and the alternative, which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s on a worldwide scale; special emphasis has been placed on their political sources also in Poland. The main part of the article recalls five spectacles staged by the Polish students' theatre in 1970-1980: 'Spadanie' (Falling) at the STU Theatre (1970), 'Kolo czy tryptyk' (Circle or Triptych) at the '77' Theatre (1971), 'Jednym tchem' (In a Single Breath) at the Theatre of the Eighth Day (1971), 'Exodus' at the STU Theatre (1974) and 'Odzyskac przeplakane lata' (To Regain the Mourned Years) at the 'Jedynka' Theatre (1980). The descriptions of the stages and the commentaries are a mosaic of quotations from studies by Aldona Jawlowska, Slawomir Magala, Konstanty Puzyna, and Tadeusz Nyczek, four leading Polish authors writing about the alternative movement generation.
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