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8 Nov 2014 19:30

Spitfire Company: Antiwords

Václav Havel's cult play Audience, featuring the writer's alter ego Ferdinand Vaněk and the brewmaster, is brilliantly translated into the language of physical and visual theatre with improvised mime in Antiwords.

Performers Miřenka Čechová and Jindřiška Křivánková wearing oversized bronze heads wordlessly launch into a beer contest eliciting both laughter and terror as the number of downed drinks increases while metaphysical emptiness is uncovered. Accompanied by a playback of the play’s original recording and Sivan Eldar’s music this is a contemporary and perceptive take on Havel’s drama of the absurd.

Concept: Miřenka Čechová,
Sivan Elda
directed by: Petr Boháč
music: Sivan Eldar
light design: Martin Špetlík, Robert Janč
masks: Paulina Skavova
production: Spitfire Company
cast: Jindřiška Křivánková, Miřenka Čechová

Shown in a double bill with Cridacompnay: Mañana es mañana

Box Office: 020 7121 1100
Admission: £15, £12 concs

SPITFIRE COMPANY is an artistic platform that includes physical, visual, musical and dance theatre. It is currently one of the most progressive ensambles of author theatre in the Czech Republic. The works that are characteristic for the ensamble include features such as: emphasis of physical acting on the stage, experimenting with new theatrical features, existential imbalance of the figures, the trend of connecting different genres and finding new visual stimuli.

Herald Angel Award (awarded by British newspaper The Herald) for One Step Before the Fall performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
Total Theatre Award (shortlist) (awarded by British physical theatre magazine Total Theatre) for One Step Before the Fall performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

"a gut-wrenching tour-de-force" (Anne Brennan, The Herald)

“a powerful piece” (The Skinny)

"A performance which well deserved the standing ovation it received from this audience." (ThreeWeeks)


Part of Made in Prague Festival, 17 October - 30 November 2014


Supported by Pilsner Urqell


The Place, 17 Duke’s RD, London WC1H 9PY


8 Nov 2014 19:30


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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