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As of January 2024, the Archa Theatre has been transformed into ARCHA+, a multifunctional cultural space open to collaboration with many partners and its own work for the upcoming generation.

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Ondřej Hrab and Jana Svobodová continue their creative activity in the newly founded organization Archa - Centre of Documentary Theatre, z.ú.

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PQ+: Those Who Speak For Themselves – Jana Svobodová

Performed in English.

Thursday 15. 6. 2023
90 minutes
large auditorium

Tickets available via Archa Theatre and

Theatre performance Those Who Speak For Themselves transforms Archa Theatre into a huge gallery where authentic life stories of twelve women become the exhibits. The audience is left with the decision whether they will experience all the stories or only certain parts of them and the order in which they will assemble them.  An important part of the unique theatrical installation by theatre director Jana Svobodová is the original music of Michal Nejtek.  

Those Who Speak For Themselves is a show in which the performers are not actors. They don't play roles. They only represent themselves. Stories intertwine, people meet unexpectedly. Like when you walk down the street, you think of something, someone passes by and you catch his sentence. And it folds into a new story. Then it becomes the only story, yours.

This performance is English spoken!


When the theatre hall is transformed into a gallery where the viewers choose what they want to see – Prague Daily Monitor, August 10, 2021

Ty, jež mluví samy za sebe – Divadení noviny, 4.7.2021

Ti, kdo mluví za sebe: Galerie životaběhů rozprostřená v sále –, 22.7.2020

Ti, kdo mluví sami za sebe. Archa se mění v galerii, odhalí příběhy žen –, 29.6.2021

Dokument na divadle – Události v kultuře, Česká televize, 29.6.2021


Concept, Screenplay & Director: Jana Svobodová
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hrab
Music: Michal Nejtek
Sound design: Ladislav Štěrba, Jan Sedláček
Light design: Pavel Kotlík
Asistant director, production: Romana Sekáčová
Costume adjustment: Jiřina Veselá

Personal stories provided, production co-created and performed by:
Bora Debnárová
Zuzana Drápalová
Ivana Marina Hollá
Lara Hereu-Macho
Hana Kokšalová
Zuzana Lapšanská 
Pavlína Müllerová
Jane Scalabroni
Hana Slaninová
Eliška Šíchová
Lucie Vrbíková
Martina Marie Živá 

The theatre production was created at Archa Theater during the Covid-19 pandemic. Those Who Speak For Themselves is part of a documentary theater project supported by the EEA Grants.

Premieres: 29 and June 2021, Archa Theatre, Prague


EEA Grants

Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

Supported by the peoples of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.



PQ+ is an accompanying programme of the festival Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, presenting contemporary Czech scenographic and performance production to an international professional audience. 
PQ+ is organised by the PerformCzech / Arts and Theatre Institute in collaboration with PQ and is financially supported by the Czech Recovery Plan, NextGenerationEU.




Národní plán obnovy

Národní plán obnovy



Ministerstvo kultury ČR

Ministerstvo kultury ČR

Institut umění - Divadelní ústav

Institut umění - Divadelní ústav

Perform Czech

Perform Czech



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