About us

Maladype Theatre - founded in 2001 - is an independent theatre company based in Budapest, Hungary. Maladype Theatre does not receive regular governmental funds, it maintains itself exclusively from grant programs.

Maladype’s autonomy is not only financial, it is the foundation of its creative independence. It allows the company an artistic freedom that resonates throughout their work.

The company, comprising of a team of resident artists, theatre practitioners and creatives is constantly reinventing itself. It relentlessly seeks extraordinary situations, generating new perceptions and embracing natural elements as an organic component of theatre making. Maladype has also developed a unique language and methodology that is not only understood by its artists but also by its ever growing audience.

Playfulness, acting and reacting is the essential part of Maladype Theatre. Its theatrical method is structured around two main principles. The first principle is the continuous development and conditioning (both physically and mentally) of its actors. Secondly, their approach focuses on an intensive and continuous relationship between the artist and audience allowing open communication by facilitating public rehearsals.

The distinctive characteristic of each, individual piece is its capability to adapt according to the physical, cultural and emotional context depending on the location and setting of any given performance. This makes the shows accessible to all.

Maladype has received numerous awards, has toured both nationally and internationally (including countries like India, Iran and the US), and is led by Artistic Director and Director Zoltán Balázs.

Risk and Reward: OUR PHILOSOPHY

We are convinced that a certain set of ‘rules’ or preconceived ideas (like the structure of a theatre company or how to live your life) can become more interesting and exciting when unexpected events and uncertainty occurs. However, risking your organised world requires courage, since convention implies safety, and you might lose your sense of security. But why should you give way to random events and unpredictability? Because therein lies an opportunity to elevate your sense of joy and achievement as a result of taking a chance!

Enthusiastic risk taking and creative experimentation offers a limitless world to us and to you - offering new possibilities of both identity and destiny. Our imagination is guided by the unexpected opportunities of chance. We choose to take the risk and play the game.

The excitement of this game can be boosted to extremes if the player’s awareness is sharpened and their actions and reactions are concentrated. The possible course of actions the players can take are defined by the infinite number of new situations they are presented with throughout the game. This generates the discipline of ‘playing’ within the play and encourages the spectators to join in.