Who is afraid of Hamsun? Theatre Evening with the play Hunger

As part of the Theatre Evenings project, the Scandinavian House in cooperation with Masopust present an accompanying event which will follow the staging of Hunger directed by Jan Mikulášek. Before the play itself, a brief lector’s introduction speech will take place. And after the play, there will be a debate with director and his team moderated by Karolína Stehlíková, Nordic culture specialist.

The play is based mostly on texts by Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer awarded the Nobel Prize in 1920‘s. It depicts a young writer wandering about in Christiania (former name of Oslo). As the poor man fails to find himself a stable job, his poverty and therefore inevitable hunger drive him deeper and deeper into madness and hallucinations. But this aunthentic feeling is not only a hunger for food. It is also hunger for a woman, hunger for recognition, hunger for God, hunger as an inspiration for writings, hunger for dance. As the play’s literary manager Tereza Marečková says: “In this particular play, hunger is a state of mind. Hunger on the theatre stage is a state of our world. The one thing we are hungry for never ceases to escape us.”

The lector’s introduction begins at 18:30.
The debate will take place after the play.

In Czech.

Accompanying events programme is included in the ticket price.

More about the play (in Czech)

Theatre Evenings or Who is afraid of…?

In cooperation with selected theatres introducing texts of Scandinavian authors, the Scandinavian House launches a series of Nordic Theatre Evenings this year. We would like the audience to get a deeper insight into the Scandinavian drama, that might not be as popular as the Nordic crime fiction, but can become similarly addictive. Do not be afraid to start tracking the Nordic theatre in the Czech Republic! Unusual horizons and views of the Nordic landscape guaranteed. No need for skis.

The events will be organised as commented theatre performances and consist of e. g. a lecturer’s introduction before the performance or a discussion of a various kind, for example sharing of impressions of the play. The introduction will provide information about the author, the performed text and a broader context of the piece, or can even familiarise the audience with the performing tradition of more famous, repeatedly staged dramatic texts. After the performance, there will be an opportunity to discuss it together. The Theatre Evenings will take place in different Prague and Brno theatres 2-4 times a year, depending on the current programmes.

Photos: Patrik Borecký