Who’s afraid of God? Theatre evening with Adam’s Apples

The Scandinavian House in Prague in cooperation with Švanda Theatre put on the stage Anders Thomas Jensen’s movie Adam’s Apples from 2005 as a part of the Nordic Theatre Evenings project. A moderated debate will follow after the performance – director Jiří Pokorný, dramaturgist Martina Kinská and both leading actors Robert Jašków and Jacob Erftemeijer will attend the debate. Moderated by Lada Halounová.

A very black comedy works with unmistakable Nordic poetics, both in the originality of situations, crystalline drama, and in the archetypal symbolism of the clash of good and evil, painful self-knowledge and provocative anarchy of genres.

Pastor Ivan sees only the good in everything and has no doubt that God stands by him. Therefore, it is not a problem for him in his rectory to provide refuge for persons serving alternative punishment and persons seeking pure support and comfort. A very peculiar society will come together: a righteous terrorist, a pregnant alcoholic, a pudgy kleptomaniac. Soon another inhabitant arrives – the neo-Nazi Adam. However, Ivan’s speeches do not apply to him. Something is not right here, and it is not just the strange rules that govern the rectory in the microworld. Ivan is distorting many facts so that he can withstand the burden of his own destiny. And Adam decides to force the pastor to admit the true state of things – to see evil and to admit that the one who goes after Ivan is not Satan, but God Himself.

Show length: 1 hr 30 min (no intermission).

The debate will start right after the end of the show in the theatre hall (at around 20:40) and last about 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, English subtitles will be available for the show.

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

Photo: A. Hrbková, Švanda Theatre
Photo: A. Hrbková, Švanda Theatre

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.