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30 Mar 2004 00:00 - 19 Apr 2004 00:00

Audience, Protest

A new production of two plays by Vaclav Havel performed by The Village Players.

Set in Czechoslovakia in the years following the soviet invasion and written by ex-president and former dissident Václav Havel, ‘Audience and Protest’ tells the story of Ferdinand Vanek a young playwright recently released from prison for crimes against the state.  As he comes into conflict first with the foreman of the brewery where he works then with a former friend Havel reveals a world of treachery and paranoia that echoes Beckett in its moral bleakness and darkly satirical humour.

Originally part of a three play sequence this production takes the imaginative step of taking the first and last plays and using them as companion pieces. The most immediate consequence of this is to heighten the manifest similarities of the two. The plays are constructed along almost identical lines, the relationships between the two protagonists describes the same progress; from mutual suspicion to direct conflict to a strange unsettled peace that masks a deeper and more troubling truth about the characters and there situation.

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30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 30 Mar 2004 00:00
To: 19 Apr 2004 00:00


The Village Players

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