29 May 2013 19:00
Generational Icons: staged readings
Generational Icons is a direct confrontation between individual nationalities, generations and cultural contexts. The result is three plays from three countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria – by three different generations of playwrights. Although different in form, ranging from the more traditional dramatic form to postdramatic theatre, all three plays reflect the current social-political and economic environment. The three staged readings will be performed in English by international cast of actors, including Czech and Slovak actors. The readings are curated by Czech dramaturg Eva Daníčková and directed by Becka McFadden.
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Generational Icons is crossing the English Channel for the first time in its existence, produced by LegalAliens in collaboration with RADA Graduate New Writing Workshop. LegalAliens foster new European writing in translation and to forge synergies with international companies in order to create a shared platform. The United Kingdom is bedrock of new writing, a country with a strong tradition of playwrights, with numerous new writing initiatives as well as university courses all over the country. We hope to convey the local as well as the global nature of the themes negotiated by the three continental playwrights.
The main aim of Generational Icons is a direct confrontation between individual nationalities, generations and cultural contexts. The result is three plays from three countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria – by three different generations of playwrights. Although different in form, ranging from the more traditional dramatic form to postdramatic theatre, all three plays reflect the current social-political and economic environment. Both the Czech Poker Face by Petr Kolečko, and the Slovak ‘Kill Hill ™’, by Villam Klimáček deal with the theme of money and games. Money and the freedom that money can bring are connected with games (virtual reality for Klimáček and poker for Kolečko). Both plays deal with the loss of ideals and disillusionment which ensued the arrival of the capitalist and pragmatic social system after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. iPlay by Bernard Studler is a collage where poetry, humour, and politics blend.
As usual LegalAliens has put together an international cast of actors, including Czech and Slovak actors performing in English.
The readings are curated by Czech dramaturg Eva Daníčková and directed by Becka McFadden.
Eva Daníčková began her career in theatre in Brno, Czech Republic, as a resident performer with Theatre In Flagranti. After relocating to the UK, she completed the Theatre Studies degree at the London Metropolitan University. She was awarded a distinction in the MA Advanced Theatre Practice (Dramaturgy strand) at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2009. Eva works mostly as a collaborative artist within devised theatre, her credits include Lost Bodies (Holloway Arts Festival), Life Away (Sacred Festival, Chelsea Theatre) or The Right of the Sacred Egg (The Sassoon Gallery). Eva also specialises in play translations and the dramaturgy of text. She collaborated with Sam Walters at the Orange Tree Theatre during the rehearsals of Václav Havel’s latest play Leaving and the subsequent Havel Season. Eva works as a consultant for the International Depatrment at the Royal Court Theatre.
Becka McFadden holds a Phd in Czech Theatre from Goldsmiths University London and Becka an MA in Theatre from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, US. Directing credits for LegalAliens include The Return and Neither Here Nor There. Other directing credits include Necropolis (Philadelphia, PA/Prague Fringe Festival), and English Made Simple (Villa Inkognita, Prague, CR). Devised work with Beautiful Confusion Productions, a company she co-founded in 2005, includes The [Other] World’s Wife(London/Prague Fringe), Savage/Love (Prague Fringe), and H+A Screenplay (Philadelphia/Prague Fringe). Based in the UK since 2007, she has worked with Goossun Art-illery, Ruby in the Dust, LegalAliens and Cornucopia Theatre. Becka is currently pursuing a PhD in Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also teaches dramaturgy.
Club Theatre, Rada Studios, 16 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7E
29 May 2013 19:00