Cyber Elf

Magda Szpecht

Play duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

We all know images from Mariupol theatre, a symbol of Russian aggression, devastating example of ongoing war against Ukrainian people. Theatre as a shelter, bombed and destroyed, despite clear warning about civilians and children hiding in. Vladimir Putin and his minions declared total war against civilization, humanity and culture, dragging theatre in the middle of the conflict – literally and metaphorically.

But what can theatre do to help Ukraine?

After war started on February 24th, Magda Szpecht (b. 1990) decided to get back to her primary learned profession — journalism. Abandoning her occupation as a theatre director, she chose a righteous way as a Cyber Elf. Fighting Russian trolls, sharing checked information, fighting fake news. Switching her clock to long nights in front of the computer, floating between media channels, online newspapers, Telegram, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and other battlefields of modern conflict. She’s on the first line of cyber war and the stake is truly high: our right to the truth.
This lecture is a summary and an update of Magda’s activity as a Cyber Elf. It’s also ajournal of everyday activist struggle. But most of all, it’s a chance for us to see how we can help with the conflict, that sometimes leaves us powerless.


  • Directed and performed by Magda Szpecht
  • Dramaturgy Olga Drygas
  • Video Natan Berkowicz & DZIKI
  • Music Krzysztof Kaliski
  • Special thanks Kristė Savickienė (SIRENOS) i Olga Drygas (Nowy Teatr)
  • Curated and operated by Michał Rogulski ÆFEKT
  • Coproduction: ÆEFEKT PRODUCTIONS, Nowy Teatr, Festival SIRENOS w Wilnie


  • 15 March 2024, Baazar Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2 March 2024, Instytut Kultury Miejskiej, Gdańsk
  • 10 October 2023 REVOLUTIONALE, Leipzig, Germany
  • 27-28 October 2023 Teatro Municipal, Porto, Portugal
  • 26 September 2023 Festiwal Prapremier, Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • 18 September 2023 DoubleThink Lab Conference, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 9 August 2023 ArtWife Festival, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
  • 29 June - 1 July 2023 Opener Festival, Gdynia, Poland
  • 24-25 May 2023 37. Dni Sztuki Współczesnej Białystok, Poland
  • 14-15 May 2023 10 Treffen Theatertreffen Berlin, Germany
  • 11 May 2023 Kultursymposium Weimar 2023, Germany
  • 1-2 February 2023 Lessingtage in Thalia Theatre, Hamburg, Germany
  • 30 September 2022 Vilniaus tarptautinis teatro festivalis „Sirenos”, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1 September 2022 Showcase Generation After 6, Warsaw polish premiere

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