Palach (1978)

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Poster by Poster Designer

by Alan Burns & Charles Marowitz

Designed & Directed by Robert Hedden

Performances: Sat 17th – Sun 18th February 1978, Prompt Corner


The play revolves around the real life suicide, by burning, of the Czech student Jan Palach, in protest against the suppression and democracy at the time of the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968. The students drew lots to decide who would set themselves alight first on the steps of Wenceslas Square, with each student intending to do the same afterwards. It was 3 days before Palach died, and no other students followed his example. When his grave in Prague Cemetery immediately became a focus for attention, his body was removed secretly overnight by the authorities and buried elsewhere.

PALACH was first presented at the Open Space Theatre on 11th November 1970

The performance lasted approximately one hour fifteen minutes and there was no interval




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