directed by Kamila Polívková
adaptation by Petra Hůlová, Kamila Polívková
dramaturgy Matěj Nytra
stage and light design, live projection Antonín Šilar
costumes Zuzana Formánková
music Ivan Acher
assistant Ladislav Nunvář
creative assistant Anna Chrtková
premiere 6 June and 9 September 2017
cast Lucie Andělová, Marie Ludvíková, Táňa Malíková, Simona Peková, Kamila Valůšková
Macocha demonstrates that when you combine a strong theme and the linguistic inventiveness of the original with an amazing cast and strong yet seemingly simple direction a production of international merit can be created.
Marcela Magdová, Metro, 13 September 2017
HaDivadlo ended the season with a well-done project; its visual aspect is an original manifestation of the possibilities and potential of modern theatre.
Luboš Mareček, LN, 28 June 2017
Kamila Polívková (1975) studied stage design at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (1998–2004). Since 1996 she has created costumes and stage design for dozens of Czech productions (for Divadlo Husa na provázku Brno, National Theatre Brno, National Theatre Prague, Petr Bezruč Theatre, HaDivadlo Brno, Činoherní studio Ústí nad Labem, and Švandovo Theatre in Prague) and worked also abroad (cooperation with director Dušan D. Pařízek: Salzburger Festspiele, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Theater Bremen, and Burghteater Vienna). She worked as a stage designer at Pražské komorní divadlo between 2004–2012 where she also staged her first directions: Heroes Like Us (2009), Faith, Hope, and Charity (2010) and Sam (2012). She works as an in-house director at Studio Hrdinů now: Day of the Oprichnik and The Milena's Recipes (both 2013), The Animal Kingdom (2014), Skugga Baldur and Actor and Carpenter Majer Speaks about the State of His Homeland (both 2016). For the Transit festival at the Schauspielahus Zurich she staged Precious (2014). She succeeded with her adaptation of The Duchess and the Cook (National Theatre Brno) in 2015. Flora has featured her critically acclaimed monodramas Sam, Skugga Baldur and Actor and Carpenter Majer…, with amazing performances of Karel Roden, Tereza Hofová and Stanislav Majer.
Studio Hrdinů is located in the Trade Fair Palace at the National Gallery, Prague and was created in 2011 as an open theatre scene with clear dramaturgical aim to stage original projects with emphasis on cooperation with other Czech and foreign artists and on genre interference. Besides the in-house directors Kamila Polívková (2012: Sam, 2013: The Day of the Oprichnik, 2013: The Milena's Recipes, 2014: The Animal Kingdom, 2016: Skugga Baldur, Actor and Carpenter…), Katharina Schmitt (2012: England, 2013: Black Mirrors, 2014: The Blood of the Wälsungs, 2015: A Report on the Party and the Guests, 2018: A Report to the Academy) and duo of directors Jan Horák and Michal Pěchouček (2012: The Church, 2013: The Emotional Poseur, 2015: Marbot, 2017: Cell No. and Some Messages to the Universe) the theatre also cooperates with the former creative team of Divadlo Komedie Dušan D. Pařízek (2015: The Case Švejk) and David Jařab (2016: White Dogs and Black Cats) but also Jan Nebeský (2013: Walser, the Assistant, 2014: The Silent Scream), and Miroslav Bambušek (2014: The Wasteland, 2017: The Works). Flora Theatre Festival featured 5 productions of this theatre within a special focus section last year: directorial debut of Ivana Uhlířová Off the Record, Horanský's adaptation Mr. Theodor Mundstock, Pařízek's co-production The Case Švejk, Bambušek's The Works and finally the Production of 2016 – an original production Actor and Carpenter Majer Speaks about the State of His Homeland by Kamila Polívková who is also the director of the co-production project with Hadivadlo entitled Macocha.