22. 4.

The Show Must Go ON/OFF-line: “A Drama in Quarantine”

Published April 12, 2021

The online “Green Thursdays” discussion with guests from the Czech Republic and abroad reflects the sensitivity and response of the field of performing arts to current social issues, this time with a focus on “A Drama in Quarantine”.

Covid drama? Can anything like it be said to exist? Should it? Shakespeare, the greatest theatrical bard, spent practically his entire life under the threat of bubonic plague and his theatre was repeatedly closed due to outbreaks of the disease. Still, the plague did not discourage him from writing and producing some of his greatest plays about love and the thirst for power. Epidemics as such are only mentioned occasionally in Shakespeare’s work and then mostly metaphorically. The wounded Mercutio’s cry “A plague on both your houses!” in Romeo and Juliet refers to the warring Capulets and Montagues, but the tragedy of the play occurs partly due to pandemic measures.

The webinar will take place on the ZOOM platform and will be held in English, look for more information here.