Imagine a dystopian society where baldness is a capital crime. If you lose your hair you will be exterminated. What would you do if you find out your hair count is bellow the legal limit? The only answer may be to find a good wig and live unnoticed. And pray not to be caught by the hair patrol. The story follows different characters that have one thing in common: their lives are being directly affected by the supposed existence of a place called “The Baldlands”, a mysterious place where it is rumoured that bald people can still live freely. Ian and John - two former doctors, now criminals because of their baldness, are at the bottom of the food chain. Whereas Ian wants to reconnect with his broken family, John wants to flee the town and look for “The Baldlands”. Donkey and Andrew are the middle players. Donkey is a wig repair man with gigantic teeth who wants to have a dental operation so he can start looking for a wife as beautiful as he will be; Andrew is a wig dealer. Andrew’s only true love is his missing cat. At the top of the food chain is the Captain of the Hair Patrol, who has kidnapped Andrew's cat, and who's only objective is to arrest all the characters above, especially Andrew, his brother in law. All of these characters except the Captain will be forced to go on a journey in search of “The Baldlands”, but most importantly, in search of themselves.
Coming from an European country with a strong fascist background and being brought up in communism that later became a centralized and ambiguous government, I always heard horror stories about the ways of “the old regime” and the lengths it would go to with deceiving the population before it was taken out. I questioned my parents and grandparents many times, with a sense of incredibility: How could people endure this kind of treatment? Their answer was always the same. “People will just go about their daily routines.” I subsequently became very sensitive about the relationship between government and people. History shows that good communication between government and the people seems to be the key for a stable society, and when that communication fails completely revolution is bound to take place.
But there is always a grevy period in between these two stages where communication and understanding are broken beyond repair but the status quo is maintained. It is a period of uncertainty and ambiguity where there is a sense of something being wrong but the idea of what is wrong exactly hasn’t yet been materialized in a way that the common man understands. There is tension and discomfort in the air. People are hesitant to talk because maybe there is nothing to talk about. And this period can go on for years, decades and even centuries.
Once the stability is accomplished people then look back and wonder how the erroneousness could go on for so many years. The truth may be simply that, as my grandparents used to say, people remain only concerned with their daily affairs.
And that’s what “The Baldlands” is about for me. It takes place in that grey period where the communication between the government and the people is lost but any sort of revolution is not yet in sight. It is a satirical view of a society going about their daily affairs after the government manages to pass a completely incomprehensible law that makes baldness illegal. The audience takes the bird eye point of view as it watches bald people trying to cope with this new strange law. No characters ever question the authority; they just accept it and try to go around it.