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Our Uppish and Defiant Fellows

The councillors of Honice are to elect a bellman, the person responsible for security in the village. The task is formidable, with two strong candidates running for office – the veteran soldier Valentin Bláha and the tailor František Fiala. What is more, the mayor, Filip Dubský, and the first councillor, Jakub Bušek, obstinately sit tight, neither of them willing to compromise. The fraught situation is further aggravated by the municipal council receiving an anonymous letter threatening arson... A gem of Czech drama celebrates its return to the National Theatre.

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Monday

3/25/2024


7:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha


150 - 790 CZK

Thursday

3/28/2024


7:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha


150 - 790 CZK

Friday

4/5/2024


7:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha


150 - 790 CZK

Monday

4/8/2024


7:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha


150 - 790 CZK

Wednesday

4/10/2024


7:00 PM


Národní divadlo

Praha


150 - 790 CZK

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ABOUT PERFORMANCE

The councillors of Honice are to elect a bellman, the person responsible for security in the village. The task is formidable, with two strong candidates running for office – the veteran soldier Valentin Bláha and the tailor František Fiala. What is more, the mayor, Filip Dubský, and the first councillor, Jakub Bušek, obstinately sit tight, neither of them willing to compromise. The fraught situation is further aggravated by the municipal council receiving an anonymous letter threatening arson. A plethora of human types is presented on the stage – the “important persons” and their wives, young lovers, old-timers, lowlifes, pig-headed dimwits, tenacious truth-seekers and enthusiastic dupes. All of them live their little lives and great dreams, all of them desire, fight and argue, while the Red Rooster hovers above their roofs … Some 135 years after it was written, Our Uppish and Defiant Fellows is still a fascinating Czech play, a play about ourselves across generations and eras, a play in which the contest for the post of bellman becomes a gigantic struggle for truth and honesty.

In 1887, Ladislav Stroupežnický (1850–1892), an ambitious unyielding dramatist with a restless poetic spirit, a brilliant observer of life in the Czech countryside, referred to his new play as a “contemporary comedy”. The premiere of Our Uppish and Defiant Fellows gave rise to uproar and disputes, provoking outrage due to the author’s uncompromising view, yet also admiration for its forcible and non-idealised depiction of life in a Czech village. Stroupežnický’s text would become immortal, and self-conceit and defiance would become symbols of the Czech national identity. The National Theatre has presented a number of adaptations of the play, including highly popular productions by Miroslav Macháček (1979) and, most recently, J. A. Pitínský (2004). Our new staging has been undertaken by Martin Františák, whose continuous work with rural subjects has earned him the reputation of a creator of impressive poetic folk images, as well as a satirist exposing the true reality of life in a Czech village.

CAST AND CREATIVES

Filip Dubský, farmer, Mayor of Honice - David Matásek
Marie Dubská, wife of Filip - Martina Preissová
Václav, son of Filip and Marie - Šimon Krupa
Petr Dubský, father of Filip, farm keeper - František Němec
Jakub Bušek, farmer, first councillor of Honice - Ondřej Pavelka
Františka Bušková, wife of Jakub - Taťjana Medvecká
Verunka, daughter of Jakub and Františka - Marie Poulová
Valentin Bláha, military veteran - Radúz Mácha

and more.

Stage director: Martin Františák
Dramaturgy: Jana Slouková
Sets and costumes: Eva Jiřikovská
Lighting design: Martin Špetlík
Music: Matěj Kroupa
Motion cooperation: Tomáš Rychetský

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Length 160 minutes
Wheelchair access
English subtitles
Author
Ladislav Stroupežnický
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