Who’s afraid of Bears? Theatre evening with Rosa Liksom

The Scandinavian House in Prague in cooperation with Na zábradlí Theatre put on the stage the dramatization of short stories by Finnish writer Rosa Liksom Bear with a Chainsaw as a part of the Nordic Theatre Evenings project. A moderated debate will follow after the performance – dramaturgist and co-author of the dramatization Boris Jedinák, actor Jiří Vyorálek and translator Vladimíř Piskoř will attend the debate. Moderated by Alžběta Štollová.

I love my life so much I sometimes feel I will suffocate.

The performance is based on short stories by Finnish novelist and playwright Rosa Liksom, which are characterised by black humour and insight into the tangled fates of the main characters. A policeman who barely manages to arrive at the scene of a crime while sober; a burnt-out priest who is fed up with our petty, everyday sins; Finland’s fattest woman who is proud of every ounce of her… These and many other outsiders, who are usually not listened to and who remain hidden in the shadows, in the dirty side streets of the big city or in the desolate countryside, get their say in short, tragicomic stories. An original collage with a strong musical component represented by a live band composed of actors and employees of Divadlo Na zábradlí captures a comic, absurd world where no one knows what the next day will bring, and where we have no choice but to laugh at the merciless games of fate.

Show length: 1 hr 35 min (no intermission).

The debate will start right after the end of the show in the theatre hall (at around 20:50) and last about half an hour.

The entrance to the debate is a part of the ticket for the whole play.

Both the show and the debate will be in Czech, only.

More information about the performance and tickets can be found at the theatre’s website.

Director: Jan Mikulášek
Translator: Vladimír Piskoř
Dramatization: Jan Mikulášek and Boris Jedinák
Dramaturgy: Boris Jedinák
Set and costumes: Marek Cpin
Music: Vojtěch Vondráček
Cast: Jiří Vyorálek, Vojtěch Vondráček, Michal Bednář, Magdaléna Sidonová, Dita Kaplanová, Johana Matoušková, Kateřina Císařová, Lucie Flemrová, Tomáš Pospíšil

Photo: KIVA
Photo: KIVA

Theatre Evenings or Who is afraid of…?

In cooperation with selected theatres introducing texts of Scandinavian authors, the Scandinavian House has launched a series of Nordic Theatre Evenings. 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 are 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 provides 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 is an opportunity to discuss it together. The Theatre Evenings take place in different Prague and Brno theatres 2-4 times a year, depending on the current programmes.

The events are organized with the financial support of statutory town Brno, Prague City Hall and the Ministry of Culture in the Czech Republic.