May 17th Tue, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM | Moravské divadlo


    Wolfgang Borchert
    – Miroslav Bambušek
    Studio Hrdinů Prague

    This expressive, atemporal, anti-war appeal of Miroslav Bambušek was awarded the Josef Balvín Award for the best Czech production of a German text.
    An electrifying performance by Saša Rašilov in the role of the early deceased German writer and dramatist vividly retelling the biggest trauma of the twentieth century.
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    Bambušek’s directorial language, combined with Wolfgang Borchert’s literary language and Saša Rašilov’s expressive acting, is far from being “just” a testimony about the traumatic experience of World War II. In an in-depth probe, he captures the timeless despair at the elusiveness of the mechanisms by which man is controlled. This is a chaos in which the individual, the pawn, constantly struggles to distinguish between good and bad, and in which he is both martyr and torture instrument of his conscience.

    Veronika Boušová, a poll held by DN – nominations for the Production of the Year 2021, Divadelní noviny, 1/2022


    After the successful Heretical Essays, which thematised the life legacy of the philosopher Jan Patočka, director Miroslav Bambušek focused on another significant personality of European culture whose clash with history left an imprint on his work – the German writer Wolfgang Borchert, one of the representatives of so-called Trümmerliteratur, who has been rather overlooked in Bohemia. This post-war literary movement brought together authors with a strong anti-war orientation, often with their own traumatic experience from the battles of World War II. The heroes of the short stories and novels literally stand over the ruins of their country and their ideals. In laconic, short sentences with no embellishments and all the more urgency and authenticity, the authors describe an impoverished world, restoring the directness and power of language that had been abused by Nazi propaganda. Borchert’s work, completed prematurely at the age of twenty-six, is, despite its prosaic form, an unusually expressive poetry of bleakness, which Bambušek successfully conveys through the stage language in his own dramatization. Saša Rašilov excels in the demanding role of an anxiety‑ridden returnee from the war front, Borchert’s alter ego, and his extraordinary performance brought him a nomination for the Theatre Critics Award.


    directed by Miroslav Bambušek

    dramaturgy Jan Horák
    stage design and costumes Jana Preková
    music Tomáš Vtípil
    light design and video Pavel Havrda
    movement assistant Zuzana Sýkorová
    photo Martin Špelda

    Saša Rašilov, Natália Drabiščáková, Jakub Gottwald, Miloslav Mejzlík, Jakub Domorád

    premiere 21 June 2021

    The production was awarded the Josef Balvín Award in 2021.


    The theatre and film director, playwright and screenwriter Miroslav Bambušek (1975) views theatre as a means of reflection on political and social themes.
    As a graduate of philosophy, he is inclined to multi-layered original texts which he provides with distinctive, erudition-based stage form. He oscillates between the format of documentary and open performance focusing also on staging in industrial spaces connected with memories of certain events (cycles Perzekuce.cz or The Energy Pathways).
    In the context of Czech theatre, Miroslav Bambušek is a director with a grand expressive gesture, an exalted visual aspect and sound opulence which never goes against the meaning of the text. Apart from the visuals, music plays just as important a role in his work. Besides Vladimír Franz and Petr Kofroň, Bambušek regularly cooperates with Tomáš Vtípil whose composition accompanies Bambušek’s remarkable interpretation of Büchner fragment Woyzeck (2021 Flora), which resulted in Theatre Critics’s Award for Vtípil in 2020. His compositions also underscore Bambušek’s first feature film Blood Related (2021), which reflects the post-war period at the Czech-German borderlands and most importantly the traumas that persist over generations.
    Studio Hrdinů was formed in 2011 in the Veletržní palác building at the National Gallery in Prague as an open theatre stage with a clear dramaturgical line of original projects and with a focus on cooperation between foreign and local creators and a genre and interdisciplinary overlap. Formally, the Studio Hrdinů productions are dramas with an emphasis on experimental elements and a visual aspect. Apart from the in-house directors Kamila Polívková, Katharina Schmitt, Miroslav Bambušek and Jan Horák, who is also the artistic director – the theatre cooperates with renowned Czech (Jan Nebeský, Jiří Adámek, Ivan Buraj and Jan Kačena) as well as foreign theatre makers (choreographer Renata Piotrowská-Auffret, directors Kaie Ohrem or Iga Gańczarczyk).
    Within the profile section of this theatre, the Flora festival showed five if its productions in 2017: Bambušek’s adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek’s drama The Works, the directorial debut of the actress Ivana Uhlířová Off the Record, Horanský’s variation of Mr. Theodor Mundstock, Pařízek’s The Case Švejk and finally the Production of 2016 – an original production Actor and Carpenter Majer Speaks about the State of his Homeland directed by Kamila Polívková.

    photo Martin Špelda