Estonian Theatre Festival 2013. The Magic of Space.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

VAT Theatre

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly foto
Monday, 2.09 at 20:00
Tartu New Theatre

Written by: Aare Toikka based on Sergio Leone’s film
Director: Aare Toikka
Designer: Kaspar Jancis
Costume designer: Kaspar Jancis
Lighting designer: Sander Põllu
Sound designer: Mart Soo

Tanel Saar, Meelis Põdersoo, Ago Soots,  Margo Teder and Mart Soo


Three outlaws wander around the Wild West where you have to constantly fight for your survival. Fate deals them a good hand. Naturally the men set out to pursue the attractive goal which promises unprecedented wealth and liberation from their everyday troubles. Extreme conditions put the men to test and three destinies are drawn out. Which of them is the Good, which is the Bad and which turns out to be simply the Ugly? Can you define people based on these distinctions at all? Does it even matter when bullets are flying past and the value of life is measured by stacks of dollars? This VAT Theatre performance is based on the film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” which is the last instalment of the cult director Sergio Leone’s series of spaghetti westerns called the Dollars Trilogy. The theatre version is an independent piece which was born from the cooperation between the director and the actors and which belongs to the minimalist satire genre. The story of the performance takes place in the Wild West where the outlaws act based on greed, thirst for fame and fear of death. These tough adventurers experience friendship and betrayal on their journey. Nevertheless, fate still surprises them with loneliness in the end.

Aare Toikka, “Western is a very theatrical genre. Freedom, loyalty and betrayal are the main themes in westerns. Our performance is of course a satire based on Leone’s film. First of all I called it a “kama” (traditional Estonian food) western but later I decided to get rid of the “kama” in front because I felt that there was no need to find excuses. This story is a pure western. Guns, hats, coffins, horses, sweat and a lot of dough.. oh, damn it!”