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14 Mar 2014 19:00

HaKLiáDa in Sheffield

After their London performance on 13 March, Czech theatre ensemble LiStOVáNí will bring their staged reading based on Emil Hakl’s debut novel Sabrina Black’s Intimate Box to Sheffield. With Lukáš Hejlík, Věra Hollá and Pavel Oubram. Admission free.

Staged reding with English surtitles
Translation and surtitles: Marek Tomin

Writer Emil Hakl’s journey through entrepreneurship and intimate relationships in his novel Sabrina’s Black Intimate Box is a tale of Prague of the 90s, self-mockery and humorous observations. Hakl’s story of idle love and longing for independence is brought to vivid life by Listovani’s actors in this staged reading, which creates a dramatized collage of movement and sketches. The unique mix of black humour and narrative of pure desperation confirm Hakl’s standing as the leading contemporary Czech writer, frequently compared to Bohumil Hrabal. Listovani, whose acclaimed performances include Dan Brown’s Inferno and Tomas Sedlacek’s Economics of Good and Evil, combine reading, acting and music giving a new dimension to this provocative and intimate novel.

Emil Hakl (the Czech Republic, b.1958), was awarded the prestigious Josef Skvorecky Prize for literature in 2011 for his novel Rules of Peculiar Behaviour (2010). He has so far published four novels, two collections of short stories and two books of poetry. His novel Of Kids & Parents (Portobello Press, translation Marek Tomin) was awarded the prestigious Magnesia Litera Book of the Year prize. In his book On Flying Objects (Coma Press, translation by Petr Kopet) Hakl returns to the genre of short stories, this time enriched with new narrative elements that have influenced comparisons between him and the great Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal. Keeping in his style of self-mockery, Sabrina’s Black Intimate Box, published in 2002, was his debut novel and represents his personal take on life in Prague in the 90s.

Marek Tomin was born in Prague but grew up in England, where his family found refuge after being exiled from Czechoslovakia in 1980. He is the son of well-known dissident parents who were among the first to sign the human rights charter, Charter 77, in communist Czechoslovakia. Tomin is a graduate from Oxford University and now lives in Prague working as a freelance translator, journalist, contemporary art curator and a Greenpeace advisor. Tomin has also translated previous works by Hakl including Of Kids and Parents (2008) and The Witch’s Flight (2007).

LiStOVáNí is project of staged readings focused on promoting outstanding writers and literature, led by actor Lukas Hejlik. The project now consists of 75 shows presenting Czech and international literature.

This event is kindly supported by the Czech Embassy in London.

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To find out about the London performance by LiStOVáNí on 13 March click HERE


Jessop West Exhibition Space, Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RA

14 Mar 2014 19:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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