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The Good and the True

This is the story of two people who went through the same places and experienced similar tragedies – and yet they never met. The pathes of their lifes crossed each other but also passed each other. Athlete Milos Dobry and actress Hana Pravda spent their working lives building suspense, knocking crowds into submission and drawing gasps from their onlookers. Both survived Auschwitz and witnessed murder first hand. Did they both have exceptional strength of character and an iron will or was their survival just 'good luck'. A remarkable piece of verbatim theatre, 'The Good and the True' weaves the true testimonies of two extraordinary people in an English adaptation, translated from the award-winning production 'Shoah' and directed by Daniel Hrbek for the Svandovo Theatre, Prague.

Actress Isobel Pravda is the granddaughter of survivor Hana Pravda and plays her grandmother for the first time on stage.  Actor Saul Reichlin is an award-winning actor whose own one-man play Shalom Alechem has been performed in the West End, Broadway and most major European Countries.

Švandovo Theatre (Prague) and  New End Theatre Beyond (London) presenet fascinating adaptation of two authetnit life stories. THE GOOG AND THE TRUE production introduces to the UK audience an English version of succesfull Czech production called Shoah.  The first night will be taking place in Prague on January 18th, Prague reprise is on January 19th. Then will THE GOOD AND THE TRUE hit the road to England on for Czech theatrical history unique tour. During two weeks will our show visit Leeds and London. It will be shown as a part of Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 in the West London Synagogue. Post show discussion with creators will be held also, many of them in the presence of important personalities of Jewish cultural life in UK.  

My grandmother Cecilia Aschkenes died in October 1942 in Treblinka where she had been transported from Terezín. She was 76 years old. Her daughters Ida and Elisabeth had died several months before her, together with their husbands Arnold and Karel.  My grandmother Rosa was the only one who survived from the family. I have known these facts since my childhood and I kept looking for a chance to meet these people who had irretrievably died.  Unfortunately, their story had no happy ending and I will never know how they spent their last days. In 2005 I visited the actress and director Hana Pravdová in her London flat. The personal meeting with Hana was very deep and emotional and I felt a great urge to put her story on stage. Later I met her granddaughter Isobel and we agreed to try and stage her grandmother´s story sometime.  In May of 2009 I found a confession by Miloš Dobrý. His fate again brought to life the desire to put another very strong authentic testimony on stage. And last but not least I wanted again to meet “my dead ones”. The Shoah staging is addressed to all those whose longing is similar.                                                                                                                                        Daniel Hrbek, director

 

Supported by Czech Centre London, Czech Ambassador and Embassy of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, City of Prague, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

 

UK TOUR

22 to 26 JANUARY

THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE, LEEDS

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm

Thursday 24 January matinee at 2.30pm

www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk

 

27 JANUARY

WEST LONDON SYNAGOGUE

(to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2013)

Sunday 27 January at 7.00pm

www.ticketsource.co.uk/eretz

 

28 JANUARY

LONDON JEWISH CULTURAL CENTRE

Monday 28 January at 7.30pm

www.ljcc.org.uk

 

29 to 31 JANUARY and 3 FEBRUARY

HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE SHUL

(formerly New End Theatre, Hampstead)

29 to 31 January at 7.30pm

3 February at 3.30pm

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MORE AT WWW.GOODANDTRUE.CO.UK

*** and will be followed *** 

BRUSSELS
6 FEBRUARY
CENTRE COMMUNATAIRE LAIC JUIF
Wednesday at 8p m

http://www.cclj.be/activity/punctual/1/3977