The main story of the show begins with a huge mining accident in 1894, which severely affected the lives of the inhabitants of the entire region. Among them are the heroes of this story, whose turbulent destinies we can follow for the next quarter of a century. Barbora, Julka and Ludwik are representatives of three completely different storylines, which, however, intertwine in many places and create a plastic picture of half-forgotten times, the harshness of which is in many ways almost unimaginable for today's spectator.
Each hero faces life's challenges in their own way: some patiently submit to them, others grasp at the opportunities offered by the volatile times. However, History intervenes repeatedly and mercilessly in all destinies and can easily turn the efforts of an ordinary person into dust. Or not.
The story is based on real events, many of which have not yet been covered. The narration takes place at a dramatic pace and so authentically that the events before the viewer's eyes often turn into a living drama recording even what, until recently, remained hidden in the thirteenth chamber of Czech history.
He was born in 1966. Lipus is theatre, television and radio director and teacher at The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague / Theatre Faculty (Damu). He worked as a drama director at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. Then he was the director of Švandovo Theatre in Prague until 2010. From 2010 he has been a freelancer. In the theatre world, he has been a director from Pilsen to Košice, from puppets to opera, from independent site-specific performances to the golden portals of large drama theatres (National Theatre Prague, National Theatre Brno, Theatre at Vinohrady). He has almost a hundred productions and projects to his credit, which have participated in numerous festivals and won many awards.
The theatre, performing in Czech and Polish, has operated in Český Těšín, Czech Republic, since 1945; its Polish company was founded in 1951 and is the only Polish professional theatre company outside Poland. The town, which is still bilingual, has been on the border between Poland and Czechoslovakia since the territorial division of 1920. The key mission of the theatre is to serve the bilingual community. Since its foundation, it has staged some 470 productions, presenting world classics for all ages, Polish and Czech playwrights, and works by regional authors. The institution has a Czech and a Polish ensemble, as well as a "Bajka" or "fairy tale" company performing in both languages.