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Those Who Speak For Themselves / Czech spoken

The Only Story Is Yours / concept, screenplay & director: Jana Svobodová

Tuesday 12. 12. 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.


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 
Lara Hereu-Macho 
Hana Kokšalová 
Zuzana Lapšanská  
Pavlína Müllerová 
Sofia Velez 
Hana Slaninová 
Eliška Šíchová 
Lucie Vrbíková 
Martina Marie Živá  

nscenace vznikala v Divadle Archa v době pandemie Covidu-19. Inscenace Ti, kdo mluví sami za sebe, je součástí projektu dokumentárního divadla, který je podpořen grantem Fondů EHP / EEA Grants.

Premiéry: 29. a 30. června 2021, Divadlo Archa, Praha


EEA Grants

Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe

Podpořeno grantem z Islandu, Lichtenštejnska a Norska v rámci Fondů EHP.


The AKCENT festival 2023 is funded by the City of Prague, the Ministry of Culture and the State Fund of Culture.


Hlavní město Praha

Hlavní město Praha

Ministerstvo kultury ČR

Ministerstvo kultury ČR

Státní fond kultury ČR

Státní fond kultury ČR

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