DRACULA - anglické divadelní představení v Českých Budějovicích
Před velikonočními prázdninami, 12. 4. 2017, se 50 zájemců z prvních a druhých ročníků vypravilo do Českých Budějovic na divadelní představení v anglickém jazyce.
Oblíbený upírský příběh herci britského TNT Theatre (www.english-theatre.cz) aktualizovali a doplnili o ekologický rozměr, takže v sázce nejsou jen těla a duše Drákulových obětí, ale i budoucnost celé planety. Jako vždy u představení TNT Theatre bylo vážné téma odlehčeno řadou komických momentů a zdánlivě jednoduché rekvizity byly nesmírně kreativně využity.
Jak se toto moderní zpracování líbilo? Přečtěte si anglickou recenzi od naší studentky Anežky Mlíčkové.
Review of Dracula
Anežka Mlíčková, 1.B
On a very cold Wednesday morning, I and other students of the Strakonice grammar school went to see a play together. The play, performed by the TNT Theatre Britain, took place in České Budějovice in the Metropol House of Culture.
The play is about one of the best known and terrifying modern myths called Dracula. But the modern version of this story, we went to see, is far more frightening because it explores the nowadays problems like climate change, global warming, climate change denial and urban pollution. The play follows the structure of the original and takes characters from the novel while updating and expanding the story to deal with the themes stated above.
The British lawyer Harker travels to Pennsylvania to meet Dracula, their very mysterious potential purchaser. Dracula wants to buy property in an environmentally friendly Eco City in Europe. Harker is terrified by the landscape through which he travels. He finally reaches Dracula's castle. It only gets creepier from there and Harker is almost driven insane by his nightmarish experience in this eco-nightmare. The Vampirism of the book is maintained – but expanded. So Dracula changes Harker into a werewolf and he converts the environmental scientist Lucy. The only good left is Mina, Harker´s wife. Will she save us all and our beloved planet or will she fail to face the great evil?
There's always a little risk you are taking going to see a play like this. There are many ways it could have gone wrong. Doing a Dracula, which is such a classic, in a modern way and with today's world problems? Well, I didn't know what to expect, but I was honestly very nicely surprised by how it turned out. First, I would like to point out that the actors, even though they were native speakers, spoke perfectly slowly and it was very understandable, even for us students. The actors were brilliant, very dedicated and even though they had limited space, they made you feel like you were living this nightmare with them. And to perform such a play in only four actors is incredible. Throughout the whole play, there were some funny one-liners that made us all laugh, but they did an excellent job portraying the frightening scenes also.
I enjoyed the whole play, but I have to be honest, what I liked the best was the bit where Dracula makes a speech about climate change and how it isn't real (that reminded me just a little too much of the new American president). I thought it was completely on point. Overall, it was an interesting play; I am very grateful we had the chance to see this and I would like to see what the TNT Theatre Britain does next.