Children's play based on Havel's book premieres in BrnoČTK | 4 October 2010
Brno, Oct 3 (CTK) - The Pizh'duks (Pizduchove) play, based on children's stories by playwright and former Czech president Vaclav Havel, had a Czech premiere in the Husa na provazku theatre in Brno yesterday, after the ensemble was touring Belgium, France and Russia with this performance in the summer.
The Pizh'duks is Havel's only work written primarily for children.
However, some experts claim that the text is rather addressed to the adults as it is based on the principles of the Theatre of the Absurd.
The Pizh'duks are ridiculous and dull creatures but at the same time they are cold-blooded and power-hungry bureaucrats who speak in cliches and behave in a similarly absurd way as the characters in Havel's "serious" dramas.
Brno's theatre updated two of the Pizh'duks' stories by setting them in the framework of a bizarre talent contest.
Havel could not attend yesterday's premiere.
"He has apologised because he is editing his film," said director and theatre group artistic head Vladimir Moravek.
Havel is completing a film adaptation of his latest play, The Leaving, which will be his debut as a film director.
Short stories about the Pizh'duks were for the first time published in an exile collection of fairy tales written by then banned Czech writers in the 1970s.
After the 1989 collapse of the communist regime, Havel's stories were published with illustrations by artist Jiri Sopko in the Meander publisher's in 2003.
During the summer tour of Europe, the Husa na provazku theatre also staged another drama by Havel, The Pig, a half-forgotten one-act play.
Havel's works met with a high interest and an accommodating approach in every country, Moravek said.
Havel has still an electrifying effect on the European audience and he is perceived as an icon, he added.
Havel, 72, playwright and a leading anti-communist activist, was Czechoslovak president from the fall of the communist regime in late 1989 until mid-1992 and Czech president from 1993 until 2003.
Since he left the presidential post, Havel has primarily focused on human rights observance in the world. He returned to theatre with his drama The Leaving premiered in May 2008