Those Who Speak For Themselves
The Only Story Is Yours / concept, screenplay & director: Jana Svobodová
June 15, 2023, Archa Theatre, Prague / PQ+ / in English
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 – novinky.cz, 22.7.2020
Ti, kdo mluví sami za sebe. Archa se mění v galerii, odhalí příběhy žen – idnes.cz, 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:
Ivana Marina Hollá
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
duration 90 minutes
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