Speech to the Nation
Why would anybody prefer screws to nails?
The New StageApproximate running time
1 hour 45 minutes, no intermissionLanguage
June 6, 2019
Speech to the Nation is a book comprising over 40 of Celestini’s short essays, which also served as the basis of the author’s own theatre performance. The stage director Petra Tejnorová’s production of the same name will be a variation on the book’s theme.
The Italian writer, dramatist, director and actor Ascanio Celestini (b. 1972) has been ranked among the followers of the trend represented by the famous versatile artist Dario Fo. A representative of narrative theatre, toying with the language, words and their meanings, his witty, provocative, often moving and stirring texts hone in on the contemporary world, its antagonisms and invisible nooks – be they social inequality, child labour, the impending environmental disaster or corruption in government.
Official photos: Jan Hromádko
Suitable for audience from 12 years.
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Poster Speech to the Nation
A poster for the production of Speech to the Nation
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