In Szentbékkálla the
tradition of amateur theatre looks back to a past of hundred years.
From 1904 Karoly Racz,
then from 1910 Ferenc Mohos teachers directed folkplays in the village with
great success. Lasting the most for posterity beginning in 1930 turned out to be
Viktor Marx, teacher and kantor, through his energetic and gifted personality.
He possessed exceptional organizing abilities, putting on stage even operettas.
It seems to be unbelievable, but in the 30-ies even a revolving stage was
constructed in the Community Center. Although Viktor Marx left the village after
9 years, he returned here from time to time.
Temesvári, followed by Imre Keresztúry continued the work of their well known
predecessor for one and a half decades.
After a break of many
years, with the leadership of Ottó Somogyi the Viktor Marx Drama Society was
formed in September 2005. It is worth to mention that originally the players
were planning to operate only for the single event of a brief comedy. Eventually
the piece of author Ottó Somogyi turned out to be a seriously funny play by the
title „My Sweet Kathie”, which became such a huge success, that after the
premiere in Szentbékkálla in 2006 an invitation has arrived from the Kapolcs
Valley of Arts. Later the ensemble performed at the Káli Days as well as at the
Sümeg Festival of Regional Village Theaters. The society was very successful at
In such a tiny
village as Szentbékkálla, the Drama Society has a huge community forming power.
The members are enthusiastic amateurs, who meet in their free time. They do not
aim to acquire the laurels of professional actors, each of them simply gives
what his/her own personality allows. They are proud that the author, the story
and the figures of „My Sweet Kathie” are connected to the village.