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.
// Credits //
Direction: Jakub Vašíček
Dramaturgy: Tomáš JarkovskýMusic Jiří Vyšohlíd
Set design: Kamil Bělohlávek, Tereza Venclová
Song lyrics: Jan Skácel, Tomáš Jarkovský
Movement assistance: Petra Brabcová
Barbara Humel, Petra Cicáková, Pavla Lustyková, Johana Vaňousová, Milan Hajn, Luděk Smadiš, Václav Poul, Jan Popela, Jiří Vyšohlíd, Milan Žďárský, Pavel Černík, Jan Čipčala, Michal Hledík
Premiere March 19th, 2015
// Author //
Jakub Vašíček (1979) and Tomáš Jarkovský (1986) – Graduates in directing from DAMU’s Faculty of Alternative and Puppet Theatre. While students, they produced their own play Neklan.cz or Old Czech Legends for the Naivní divadlo Liberec. In subsequent years they then worked repeatedly with both the Naivní divadlo (Camel, Fish, Hen or A Sailor’s Story; Biblical Stories) and other theatres both here and abroad. They were, or are, regular guests in Pilsen’s Alfa Theatre (Hamleteen, Closely Observed Trains, The Cage has Fallen! or Sublieutenant Vitásek’s First case) in the Minor Theatre in Prague (Hansel and Gretel, How Roosters Coloured the World, or Magor for Children) in the South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice (Tom Sawyer, The Exiled and Dispossessed, One Hundred Years of Holidays) or in Maribor in Slovenia (?Zakaj, Cyrano!). Since autumn 2014 they have worked in the Drak Theatre in Hradec Králové – Jakub Vašíček as a key director and the theatre’s artistic head, Tomáš Jarkovský as dramaturg. In addition they have their own independent theatre, Športniki, which they set up with other DAMU students in 2011.
// Press //
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