International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People Association

Mezinárodní asociace divadel Pro děti a mládež

Association Internationale du Theatre pour l´Enfance et la Jeunesse


Organized by Arts and Theatre Institute/Czech ASSITEJ Centre,  Association for Theatre for children and young people, Association for creative drama

Supported by Prague City Hall 





Sunday 17th March 2013

Divadlo v Celetné, Celetná 17, Praha 1 tel.: 222 326 843, 608 327 107 e-mail:

14:30 a 17:30        Kašpar                           

                                 Goscinny:  Little Nicholas

Children, take your parents to the theatre!  Stories from the life of little Nicholas and his friends. (For children from 7+).







Monday 18th March 2013

Divadlo v Celetné, Celetná 17, Praha 1 tel.: 222 326 843, 608 327 107 e-mail:

10:30        Divadlo Alfa Plzeň

                  Hubert Krejčí:  Devil’s Source

„No banquet lasts for ever, but the love of two people knows no end. Freely inspired by a Chinese folk tale.“

The production will provide a glimpse into a literature that is for us exotic and a little mysterious, as well as into a fascinating Asian theatrical culture, the principles of which have over the past hundred years also exercised a notable influence over the development of modern European theatre. Our encounter with them is mediated by a distinguished guest, one of the most notable Czech directors of the middle generation, Jan Antonín Pitínský. (For children10+)



19:30      Divadlo Alfa Plzeň


Surviving your own adolescence is no fun. What if your dad happens to be king? And what if he’s murdered by your uncle? And what if your mum is sharing a bed with that same uncle? One morning you wake up, open your eyes and realise that you are surrounded by hypocrisy, unbridled ambition, narrow-mindedness and duplicity. No wonder you start asking yourself bizarre questions (“To be or not to be?”).

Luckily, as well as all these repulsive people in your vicinity, there is also a rather amazing girl. What’s more, it looks as if she might even – in her own sort of way – be interested in you… But getting close to her is pretty difficult. And so you find yourself gradually falling deeper and deeper into chaos…

This darkly grotesque musical about growing up is based on one of the pillars of world drama – Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. (For children and youth) 


Tuesday 19th March 2013

Divadlo v Celetné, Celetná 17, Praha 1 tel.: 222 326 843, 608 327 107 e-mail:

10:00     Poetický soubor Divadla Vydýcháno

               Smolíček Pacholíček

On the motive of Czech popular fairy tale.



10:30      Buchty a loutky

                Three Little Pigs

On the motive of English popular fairy tale. (For children  4+) 





14:00    Martin Hak

              Storyteller and Whale´s home



Stories from ice plains so hard as frosty meal, well roasted as a seals fat and instructive as a wound by bear paw. (For children 6+).

19:30    Kašpar

              Romeo and Juliet

Montagues,  Capulets and „Gaspards“!
The most famous love story in unique adaptation for eight actors. Very hot streets of picturesque Verona city, two belligerent dynasties and young love… (For children and youth) 






Malá scéna Divadla Minor, Vodičkova 6 , Praha 1 tel.: 222 326 843, 608 327 107 e-mail:

19:30    Bažantova loutkářská družina Divadelního spolku J.J. Kolár při TJ Sokol Poniklá


Faust by nomadic puppeteers in Tomáš Hájek´s figurated by only one actor like a shadow show. Figurated by only one actor as a shadow show.


20:00    Divadlo Na Holou

              Blood and other Mina´s loves

Horror story by Bram Stoker – Dracula.  (For children and youth)


Wednesday 20.3.2013

Divadlo v Celetné, Celetná 17, Praha 1 tel.: 222 326 843, 608 327 107 e-mail:

10:00    Divadelní soubor kuk! + KUK! + Zpátečníci

               Visit the Mácha´s region!

Two tales about  mysterious territory in neighbourhood of castels  Houska and Kokořín ..


10:30    Zpátečníci

              The ball

Did you take dancing lessons? About first experiences with dance, social behaviour and also about first experiences with more than only friendly relationships…   (For children 14+)


14:00   Skupina Hm…

              Boyish mischief

Musical – theatre  performance composed of  children songs with lyrics by well-known Czech poets..       (For children 6+) 


Divadlo Disk,  Karlova 26, Praha 1 tel. Pokladna (po-pá 16-19.30): 234 244 255)

19:30    Divadlo Športniki


Performance about life and  work of  Juri Alekseyewich Gagarin, the first human in outer Space.  In the course of time Gagarin wil be overcome by many people but anybody will never smile the Word as he used to do.   (For children and youth). 





KD Mlejn, Kovářova 1615/4, Praha 5 – Stodůlky     e-mail:

Wednesday 20.3.2013

9:00     Cirkus Mlejn

              Make Tea!

Poetic new circus grotesce. (For the whole family).



18:00     Cirkus Mlejn


Dance, air and ground  acrobatics – simply new circus. (For children and youth). 



Thursday 21.3.2013

9:00      Cirkus Žebřík

              How the Earth is waking up

Performace about  arrival of spring and  waking up of nature.  About what we forgot long time ago but  what our grandmothers may still remember.  (For children 4+).






Friday 22.3.2013

 9:00       Studio dell’arte

                Old and Czech Legends

Old  Czech legends by Studio dell´arte.  Without pathos but with humor, poetry and plenty of puppets. (For children 8+).



The 13th Showcase for the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People

The Arts and Theatre Institute, Czech centre of ASSITEJ, Sdružení Divadlo pro děti a mládež (Association for Theatre for Children and Young People) and Sdružení pro tvořivou dramatiku (Association for Creative Drama) are the main organizers of the 13th Showcase for the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People. The event takes place on 17 – 22 March 2013 and is supported by the capital city of Prague. This year’s showcase focuses both on Czech children spectators as well as on the international expert public.

On March 20th, every year since 2001, the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People has been celebrated all over the world by the international community of theatre practitioners for children and young people. It has been initiated by the international non-governmental organization ASSITEJ (Association internationale du théatre pour l´Enfance et la Jeunesse), which was established in 1965 and its Czechoslovak (now Czech) centre was its member from the very beginning. The main aim of ASSITEJ is to unite theatres, organizations and individuals throughout the world dedicated to theatre for children and young people and also to promote this specific field of theatre. Various events are held on the World Day such as special performances, showcases, open rehearsals, lectures, workshops or exhibitions. These are organised by national ASSITEJ centres in 58 countries on 5 different continents.

The ATI’s showcase for the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People introduces not only the most interesting Czech performances of both amateur and professional theatres for children but also theatre productions performed by children. It is intended for all ages, i.e. from the kindergarten children to teenagers and covers various genres. The showcase will be held at the Celetná Theatre, DISK Theatre, Minor Theatre and KD Mlejn (these are also co-organizers of the showcase).

This year’s showcase will present 18 carefully selected productions. During the six days, there will be many outstanding performances showcased – such as Hamleteen by Alfa Theatre, Romeo and Juliet by Kaspar or a new circus experiment called Dynamo by Cirkus Mlejn. Another part of the event is the ASSISTEJ Award which goes to a personality who has contributed to the development of high-quality theatre for children and young people in a creative and inspiring way. Experts from international professional organizations and foreign festivals from different countries in Europe accepted our invitations; therefore this year’s showcase is also an opportunity to introduce the quality Czech theatre for children abroad.


The main coordinator of the showcase:

Alena Kulhánková

Czech centre of ASSITEJ

T  +420 224 809 189


PR manager:

Eliška Míkovcová

International Cooperation and PR Departement

Arts and Theatre Institute

T  +420 224 809 196

M +420 734 330 972




Marek Bečka  is a graduate of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts in Puppetry.  He is also a skilled director and writer. He is the founder of Buchty a Loutky puppet company (“Cakes and Puppets”) in 1991, which has presented over many years a great range of offerings including Rocky IX and Tibet. Buchty a Loutky is famous all over Europe through its tours.

Marek Bečka is lecturer in puppetry at Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre of the Theatre Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. He has been invited to give master classes in Hong Kong and the Netherlands ect.