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Jáchym Topol
The Estates Theatre
Suitable for graduation
Famous draft
Contemporary social topic
Modern adaptation

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    Drama with English subtitles

    Basic information


    The Estates Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours, no intermission


    In Czech


    February 14, 2019

    Performances with English subtitles:

    The theatre adaptation of the third novel by Jáchym Topol (b. 1962), Nightwork, evokes the gloomy atmosphere in a Czech border village at the time of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies – a turning point in our history.


    • 2020-2021


    Two brothers, Ondra and Kamil, have been “tucked away” there by their father, who pursues an unidentified secret mission and cannot take care of his sons. Consequently, the boys become the village’s “property”, and serve as the channel through which the exacerbated collective memory flows.

    Within several August days, depicted by Topol in his singular imaginative style, we seem to find ourselves in the vicinity of all the major events that a typical Czech village might have experienced – war, displacement, collectivisation, but also witch hunts, pogroms, carnival orgies.

    In Topol’s novel, history and timelessness intersect in an alarming, nerve-wrecking dance. The task of transferring this dance to the stage was quite a challenge for the director Jan Mikulášek.

    Official photos: Martin Špelda

    WARNING: We use tobacco products and firearms during the performance.

    With English subtitles based on Marek Tomin’s translation of Jáchym Topol’s novel Nightwork, published by Portobello Books in 2014.


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    Nightwork Programme

    A booklet for the production of Nightwork

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