International Students

Modern Czech Theatre

This course is about the ways in which the theatre became a social and political force in Czech life in the twentieth century, and the reasons behind this. It will focus on some of the key moments in modern history when the theatre anticipated and influenced society. It did not achieve this by the use of didacticism and propaganda, but through theatrical insight and expression. The great directors, performers, playwrights and designers worked with each other and the audiences to create performances that appealed to the senses, the emotions and the intellect, on many different levels.

The course is taught by Barbara Day, MBE, PhD, who also teaches on the Arts & Social Change program of SIT Study Abroad (World Learning Inc) and for UPCES, CERGE-EI (Charles University). Dr Day obtained a doctorate at the University of Bristol, UK, for her dissertation on the Czech theatre.