OŘECHOV THEATRE (1903 – 2003)

Ořechov Theatre is a far-famed local amateur theatre group that, by its theatre poetics of impetuous comedianship and ever-present artistic charge, has been attracting audience in the Czech Republic as well as on its numerous tours abroad such as in Hungary, Sweden, Germany, England, Belgium, Switzerland.

Theatre group based in Ořechov, a village situated southwest of Brno, the capital of South Moravia.

The origins of today's star ensemble date back a hundred years ago when, out of pure patriotism, a group of young enthusiasts, at the very beginning led by Josef Malý, a young worker, started to play amateur theatre.

At the beginning of World War II, the Ořechov amateurs' enthusiasm for theatre was so tremendous that they had a farmer's barn adapted to a Provisional Theatre.

In this building, which by now is no longer up to the technical standards, the Ořechov ensemble has been playing and rehearsing up to the present days, even if they certainly deserve to be rewarded by a more friendly environment for their work. (In the book you will find an architectural study of a new Ořechov theatre.)

For the last 28 years, this theatre group has been led by Vlastimil Peška, a professional director, composer, stage designer, and dramatist, to whom today's ensemble owes its unmistakable and unique face. The Ořechov Theatre's repertory has always been comedy-oriented. Often it has drawn on the work of its artistic director (Nutstory, Everything's worth a shit only bees some honey, How the Swedes lay siege to Brno in vain) or on heavily adapted Czech and world's classics (Ubu the King, Falstaff, Bag Piper Svanda).