Scala (by Martin Strachoň / Wikimedia Commons)

Cinema and Theatre Performances

The 14th ESSE Conference social programme includes one cinema and two theatre performances in the City centre (within walking distance from the conference venue).

Cinema Performance: Kolya

A special screening – with English subtitles – of the Academy Award winner Kolya, a Czech film directed by Jan Svěrák:
University Cinema Scala, 20:30 on Saturday 1 September. Entrance is free but if you want to attend, please send an e-mail with your name and surname to

Theatre Performances

Please book tickets as soon as possible – the capacity of the theatre halls is limited.

Performance Date & Time Venue Ticket Prices Booking
BEST Divadlo:
Love Letters
30 Aug 20:30
31 Aug 20:30
1 Sep 20:30
(Duration 110 min.)
Kabinet múz
Sukova 4, Brno
250 CZK (10 EUR)
students: 125 CZK (5 EUR)
Please order a ticket at (Please state your name and the selected date.)
Petr Váša:
Physical Poetry
30 Aug 20:30
(Duration ca 75 min.)
Centre for Experimental Theatre
Zelný trh 9, Brno
200 CZK (8 EUR)
students: 100 CZK (4 EUR)
Please order a ticket at
You will pay in cash at the entrance.
BEST Divadlo* – Love Letters by A. R. Gurney

The theatre company BEST Divadlo is happy to present A. R. Gurney’s timeless play Love Letters for the 14th ESSE Conference in Brno. Love Letters shares a lifelong written correspondence between two childhood friends from well-to-do families – one destined for success and high position, the other challenged by unfortunate career choices and relationships. Through it all, this comical and moving piece, rendered in the style of reader’s theatre, is a glowing reminder that we never forget our first love.

A. R. Gurney is one of America’s most respected modern playwrights, author of The Dining Room, Scenes from American Life, The Cocktail Party, and Sylvia. His play Love Letters has been performed by dozens of the world’s most renowned actors and belongs to the finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

BEST’s production of David Mamet’s November last season was critically acclaimed and drew international coverage. For those of you who may have an interest in BEST’s 2018-2019 season, upcoming shows will include Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago (November), A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing (December) and Wencelas Square by Larry Shue (February).

* BEST = Brno English-Speaking Theatre; Divadlo = Theatre in Czech

Petr Váša – Physical Poetry

An evening of physical poetry, a genre created in the 1990s by Petr Váša – graduate of art history at Masaryk University’s Faculty of Arts, author, musician and artist – and steadily enriched by him over the years since then. A solo performance not so much in Czech as in “Translatin”, an entertaining and easily comprehensible poetic Esperanto.

More information in English: here (with link to MP3 samples) and in Wikipedia

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