Woodcutters

A small room stuffed full of pictures and guests becomes the stiflingly-cramped location of an artistic dinner, at the beginning of which we are waiting for an actor from the National Theatre. He is a top actor, very famous, one of the greatest alive, and duly conceited. Without being asked to, he shares his various pieces of wisdom, experiences from his acting career and pseudophilosophical musings on our mission in life. All this in Bernhard’s angry style, with his sharp humour, observational talent and ability to formulate our falseness. In the stylistically polished prose of Woodcutters aka Cutting Timber: An Irritation (1984) Thomas Bernhard returns to his lifelong subject – the closeness of death and art. He focuses on the problem of the authenticity and inauthenticity of artistic existence, and mercilessly reveals the aestheticisation of empty life forms to be an escape from truth and responsibility.

About the company

The Theatre on the Balustrade is a leader in current theatrical trends. Also won the biggest prices of Czech Theatre: The Theatre of the year 2014 or The best performance of 2013 (The Golden Sixties), 2014 (Velvet Havel) and 2017 (Macbeth - Too Much Blood). In the last seasons the theatre was invited to many prestigious festivals abroad – in Austria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herze­govina, Poland, Slovakia Hungary, Serbia, Germany, Columbia and USA.

 

Genre

Theatre / company

Theatre on the Balustrade / Divadlo Na zábradlí

Czech title

Mýcení

Author

Thomas Bernhard

Direction

Jan Mikulášek

Dramaturgy

Dora Viceníková

Stage design

Marek Cpin

Costume design

Marek Cpin

Length of the performance

110 minutes

Stage area

small

Number of travelling persons

20

Language

Czech

Audience

Adult

Awards

THE THEATRE NEWSPAPER'S AWARD 2018 - PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR, THE JOSEF BALVÍN'S AWARD 2018

Contact

Alexandra Poláková
polakova@nazabradli.cz