Tomáš Jarkovský, Jakub Vašíček

ALFA THEATRE, (Host theatre production)

Jakub Vašíček

WHERE IS MY HOME? (A LOVE LETTER TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA) Czechoslovakia recently celebrated a hundred years of existence. Someone who was born at the same time as the new state in 1918 will have been able, over the course of a single life, to experience the building of a young democracy, severe economic crisis, the inglorious period of the Second Republic, the protectorate, liberation, communist coup, the terror of the 1950s, the hope of the 1960s, the Soviet occupation and the subsequent crackdown, the revolution that meant a return to the founding values, and after seventy-five years the breakup of the state. So many rises and falls, so many rapid changes over the course of a single life. It is as if Czechoslovakia, in its cradle, was given the fate of having endless alternation of periods of relief or hope, and periods of depression. What mark has this left on us? The state whose hundredth birthday we recently marked has for twenty-five years no longer existed. Over a quarter of its inhabitants were born after it ceased to be. What does it still mean for us, then? The creators of the production Where is my Home? (A Love Letter to Czechoslovakia) thought about these questions and in the end decided to look at the watershed moments of those hundred years. As various surveys relating to the most important events of common Czechoslovak history have shown, many young people’s knowledge of them is pretty poor. The production team is convinced that without a knowledge of the past, neither individuals nor society can develop visions of a healthy future. Divadlo Alfa thus decided to offer schools a production that aims to help audiences experience, in an entertaining and emotional way, the way in which history is reflected in the life of a fictitious Pilsen family.

The trio Kosová-Vašíček-Jarkovský address Czechoslovak history. The production they have created is solid, playful and honest. Their view of history may not please Russian agents and similar rabble, but others will find their breath taken away, in the good sense of the word. It is a storm that rains down on you. In terms of technology it is complicated, but the actors deal masterfully with all the potential technical pitfalls.
– Jan Anderle, i-divadlo.cz

JAKUB VAŠÍČEK (1979) a TOMÁŠ JARKOVSKÝ (1986) Graduates in directing from the Faculty of Alternative and Puppet Theatre of DAMU. During their studies the duo produced their own play for the Naive Theatre Liberec, Neklan.cz or From Old Czech Legends. In the following years they worked repeatedly with the Naive Theatre (Camel, Fish, Hen or A Sailor’s Story, Bible Stories) and with further theatres both in the Czech Republic and abroad. They have been regular guest directors at the Alfa Theatre in Pilsen (Hamleteen, Closely Watched Trains, Gotcha! or Sublieutenant Vitásek’s First Case, The Farmer’s Woman), at the Minor theatre in Prague (Hansel and Gretel, How Roosters Coloured the World or Madmen for Children, The Mystery of the Conundrum), in the Small Theatre in České Budějovice (Tom Sawyer, Exiles and Outcasts, A Hundred Years of Holidays) and in Maribor, Slovenia (?Zakaj, Cyrano!). From autumn 2014 they have worked at DRAK Theatre in Hradec Králové, Jakub Vašíček as a director and the artistic head, Tomáš Jarkovský as a dramaturg and, from 2020, also the director. In addition they have their own independent theatre, Športniki, which they founded together with several other former DAMU students in 2011.

ALFA THEATRE The Alfa Theatre’s direct forerunner, the Children’s Theatre, opened in 1966 in Alfa located on Americká street. In 1992 it moved to a modern building at Rokycanská 7, and changed to its current title. It is maintained by the City of Pilsen. The theatre addresses a broad audience – from preschool children up to adults – offering all of them an alternative to the dominant media culture. The theatre has undertaken over 100 foreign tours, this year taking one of its most successful productions, The Three Musketeers, directed by Tomáš Dvořák, to Saudi Arabia and Japan. The theatre is also the joint organiser of the Skupas’s Pilsen festival, a biennial of puppet theatre.