Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Dejvicke Theatre in Manchester

Come and see two plays, coming from British authors, from the currently most demanded drama theatre in the Czech Republic. Both shows are in Czech with English subtitles.

Dealer's Choice / Patrick Marber
The debut of playwright Patrick Marber, best known for his plays Closer and Howard Katz.

The employees of one London restaurant meet every Sunday in the restaurant basement for a round of poker. One day a mysterious man, who turns out to be a professional poker player, turns up. The restaurant owner invites him to the poker table. A tense round of poker starts where cards aren't the only issue at stake.

The 1995 staging of the play, directed by the author, won the prestigious Evening Standard Award in theatre for Comedy of the Year.

"Marber is a unique author. I wouldn't say that he's the best, but he is a genius. His plays deal with issues that I have to deal with in my own life. Social frustration is the inability to confront the state with the injustice that occurs." Jiří Pokorný in conversation with Český rozhlas.

"I like that British sharpness, that ability to talk about things as if they're calm, while being incredibly tense inside." Václav Neužil ('Mugsy') in conversation with radio station Český rozhlas.

Actor Václav Neužil won the highly prestigious 2011 Thalia award for playing the role of Mugsy.

A Blockage in the System / Irvine Welsh
The Dejvické divadlo's play A Blockage in the System is based on a short story collection The Acid House written by the well-known Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh. The abstract in the second Czech edition of the book published in 2008 says: (...) It is Welsh's second book, full of "pictures of the scum's social life". And he lived up to his reputation, examining again the dark corners of the world and a soul. (...) Being a member of the Edinburgh's working class, the narrator talks big, his language is horrifying, full of vulgarisms, slang phrases, mangled and pseudowords but it is by no means drab and boring. That's because there is humor in it, although it is rather black, cynical and brutal - but is there another way to describe the real life? And there is also one rule - that there's no happy ending among the short stories and that it has never been so bad that it couldn't be worse.

Daniel Majling's stage adaptation is created with a remarkable sensitivity to Irvine Welsh's poetics and yet it makes an entirely distinctive work.

Age limits
Considering a great number of swear words that are an essential part of dialogues of the play, it is not suitable for spectators younger than 15 years and the ones particulary sensitive to such way of speaking.

Ticket pricing
£20 – Rows A, B, S, T, U & V.
£25 – Rows C-R.