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    INTRODUCTION: The previously little-known works of a Polish playwright are drawing world-wide attention.

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    GV Mining town of Walbrzych EXT Jerzy Szaniawski Dramatic Theatre. (2 SHOTS) (MUTE)

    GV Priest PULL OUT TO bridal couple and wedding ceremony.

    GV Couple and wise maids file past PULL BACK ZOOM IN TO maids.

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The previously little-known works of a Polish playwright are drawing world-wide attention. The playwright is Karol Wojtyla better known as Pope John Paul II. One of the Pope's works was premiered on Friday (27 March) in his native Poland.

    SYNOPSIS: The place chosen for the first performance of the play was the mining city of Walbrzych in Poland's southwest, not far from the border with Czechoslovakia.

    The play is entitled "In Front of the Jeweller's Shop" and uses the setting of a wedding ceremony to develop a theme of love and its responsibilities as well as the human frailties which can undermine a relationship.

    The words of the celebrant are part of a text Pope John Paul once delivered during his days as a priest in Poland.

    For the bridal couple, the wedding separates their past and their future - they are on the threshold of testing their lives while at the same time they carry with them their families' histories.

    The bridegroom's father died in the war so his mother concentrated her love on her son; while the bride's family disintegrated emotionally.

    Pope John Paul's love of the theatre goes to his school days where he acted and danced. Later at university in Cracow he wrote poetry and at once time saw his future as being in theatre. For a while he was a member of an avant-garde theatre group.

    Last December another play written by the Pope called "Brother of Our Lord" had its premiere in Cracow where John Paul served as Bishop and Cardinal. Written more than 30 years ago, it is in a monastery caring for the poor. Even before it opened tickets were sold out for weeks ahead.

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