Confessions of a Jailor

Confessions of a Jailor

Communist past theatrical clearance. 
The answer to love and horror memento engraved in the plaster of prison cells.

  • Written by: Pavla Dombrovská
  • Costume design, puppets and costumes: Jakub Růžička
  • Music, sounds, stage design, light design: Luděk Vémola, Pavla Dombrovská
  • Starring: Matěj Záhořík, Filipína Cimrová, David Tchelidze
  • For adults
  • Duration: 70 minutes

 

next performance
5.7.2021 v 21:00
CHRUDIM, Loutkářská Chrudim 2021
The performance takes place as part of Provocative Theater Project.

Technical specifications and requirements

  • Setup time: 2 hours
  • Duration:: 70 min
  • Disassembly: 1 hour
  • Darkness needed
  • Stage dimensions 6 width x 6 depth x 3 hight m
  • Audience risers or stage
  • Electricity 400V/16A
  • Max audience limit: 150

About performance

Each of the characters in the play Confessions of a Jailor was inspired by a particular person. We dedicate the play to these hidden authors – people who lived, suffered, resisted and died in communist camps during the show political trials culminating in the 1950s.

The production was based on the then documents, memories and destinies. The plot of the play is inspired in particular by the fate of Mons. Jan Podveský, who was sentenced in connection with so called Babice trials, whose story was recorded by Jaroslav Sojka in the book „Příteli, tenkrát jsem věřil, dnes mám vše ověřené“(“My friend, I believed you then, today I have had  everything verified”). The book also captures Jan Podveský´s memory of Maria Rezková, who, in response to the regime´s malice, offered herself as an atoning sacrifice and died tragically at the age of twenty-five in the early 1950s.

A detailed insight into the practices of the investigative bodies was provided by shortly imprisoned State Security investigator Bohumil Doubek in an extensive statement which he wrote as a part of his own defense.

We have not dealt yet with a Stalinist-type criminal regime, whose most monstrous manifestations included judicial murders controlled behind the scene by Soviet advisors. The perpetrators of crimes were not usually identified, and their actions were not punished accordingly. Today we are witnessing the direct influence of former communists and State Security agents on the state management. Totalitarianism is being downplayed. It is much more urgent to emphasize that we have not forgotten it. We perceive the play Confessions of a Jailor as our clearance with the past and a show of respect to those who speak out by the means of written testimonies or in the memories of their loved ones and fellow prisoners, as well as those nameless, referring to us mementos of love and horror engraved in the plaster of prison cells.

The play is a part of the project PROVOKUJÍCÍ DIVADLO, which was supported by The Norway Grants and the EEA Grants.

The Norway Grants and the EEA Grants represent Norway’s contribution towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

Sources

  • Jaroslav Sojka: Příteli, tenkrát jsem věřil, dnes mám vše ověřené
  • Výpověď vyšetřovatele STB Bohumila Doubka zveřejněná v publikaci Karla Kaplana STB o sobě (ke stažení na webu Policie České republiky)
  • Historické materiály k procesu „Babice“ – Badatelna ABS Brno – Kanice
  • Miroslav Kasáček, Luděk Navara: Mlynáři od Babic
  • Publikace a nahrávky ze sbírky Paměť národa
  • Helena Havlíčková: Dědictví (Kapitoly z dějin komunistické perzekuce v Československu 1948 – 1989)
  • Eva Mádrová: Velezrada pro TGM
  • webové stránky: Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů, Post Bellum a Paměť národa (dobové materiály z 50. let – nahrávky procesů, plakáty, propagandistické filmy, zákony atd.)
  • Osud, osobní postoj, myšlenky nebo texty Marie Rezkové, Růženy Vackové, Evy Mádrové, Boženy Kuklové – Jíšové (z knihy Verše psané za mříží jsme použili úryvek básně Rozhovor se starou „kulačkou“)
  • Prostor a historie Věznice na Cejlu

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