What a challangel!

Imagine that one fine day an angel suddenly falls into your home. Right out of the blue. Just a moment ago he was flying somewhere above the clouds and suddenly he’s here. He doesn’t understand our world, he doesn’t know its rules, and he would like to return to where he came from. But how can he? How can we help him? Perhaps mother could tell us, but she somehow thinks we made the whole story up. But the angel is here. Everyone can see him, everyone can hear him, no one can overlook him. Or can they?  

A new production bordering on poetic physical theatre and clownish slapstick by the established creative trio of Riedlbauchová – Stránská – Čtvrtník, which has already prepared a successful and award-winning production Bedtime! for Drak Theatre. In their new production, apart from Petra Cicáková and Luděk Smadiš, who have already abundantly displayed their extraordinary art of movement and sense for gags in Bedtime!, you will get to see the two youngest members of the Drak ensemble, Edita Dohnálková Valášek and Šimon Dohnálek.

In the media:

“A really strong experience (…) was the production of What a Challengel! bordering between physical theatre and clown grotesque The simple plot (…) is developed by the actors into several brilliant and incredibly funny movement etudes, through which they work their way to a touchingly reconciliatory conclusion. Their surprisingly artistic performances are dominated by the ethereally stylized angel of Luděk Smadiš, and especially by Petra Cicáková, who possesses an unlimited range of grimaces as the tragicomically conceived mother figure. One of my picks for the acting performance of the year!”

Kateřina Kykalová, 25 June 2023, divadelni-noviny.cz, Ritual Regions (No. 2)


A devised production bordering on poetic physical theatre and clownery by the director Veronika Poldauf Riedlbauchová. Suitable for audiences aged 3+. The production builds on the well-known moment when children should go to bed, but suddenly they discover an undreamt surge of energy and do not want to get to sleep at all, with their father naïvely thinking how smooth this will be. Riedlbauchová graduated from theatre direction at KALD DAMU under the supervision of Professor Josef Krofta. Consequently, she studied physical acting at Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. It is poetic physical theatre which is at the crux of her oeuvre – most recently her collaboration with Bratři v tricku troupe. Together they have devised a trinity of highly acclaimed productions: Plovárna(Riverside), Funusand Lov(Hunting). On the side, Riedlbauchová is engaged with opera directing, choreography or devising of productions fusing music with poetry. https://youtu.be/B-MJ6-4_sAU Awards and acknowledgements: At the 2021 Mateřinka international theatre festival, Veronika Riedlbauchová received the Governor of the Liberec Region’s Award for the direction and choreography of the production, Marianna Stránská for the scenography, Michal Kříž for light design and composer Jan Čtvrtník for music.


The Golden Fish

The original production based on the classical fairy tale about a fish who in exchange for freedom grants wishes and follies to those ignorant of what they want to wish. A rivulet rises from the ground in the mountains. As it hurtles down the hills, it confluences with other rills to create a stronger and greater stream, eventually growing into a mighty river. Even the river does not stop and it ultimately hurtles further to reach the sea, so large one cannot see its other end. Every day early in the morning, the see witnesses a fisherman in his bark setting off in hope for good catch. Yet, the sea is unfathomable: at once it appears as friendly as an old friend only to immediately storm and punish those not taking it seriously. Water can both give and take. And the sea means a lot water…

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