The White Doe – An auteur-style reworking of the story of a princess who cannot be touched by even a single ray of light – only no one can live without light… “The story of the white doe is not a fairy tale in the true sense of the word, but more of a fable about the various forms of love, about adolescence and the pain from which joy is born,” says dramaturg Tomáš Jarkovský. It is brought alive in the Drak Theatre’s production with much humour, puppet magic, live music and songs created from Jan Skácel’s texts.
The lyrical tones in the strong melodies, reminiscent of Janáček, underline the “radio-like” quality of the story of Princess Aurora, who is not allowed to see daylight before the age of 16. A lighter note is struck by the excellent swing retro with step dancing by Luděk Smadiš and the Mišík-like blues of the king, played excellently and with unusual feeling by Milan Žďárský. It should also be mentioned that the wonderful poetry of Jan Skácel, set to music, has never sounded so natural.
Petr Mareček, MF Dnes