‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is a new play partly based on the story about the rock band The Plastic People of the Universe from Prague. It brings the story of their incredible struggle against the Czech authorities back to attention. The play had its world premiere and began playing at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, on 3 June 2006
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is “a brilliant exploration of liberty, rebellion and identity” according to The Observer’s Neal Ascherson: “A subtle, complex play about ways to resist ‘systems’ and preserve what is human.”
The Plastic People of the Universe was the main representative of the Prague underground culture in the end of the 1960s. This avantgarde group went against the grain of the communist regime and due to its non-conformism often suffered serious problems such as trials and arrests.
The free encyclopedia Wikipedia writes:
Interviewed by The Observer, the writer of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Tom Stoppard, explains that he has been fascinated by the Plastic People, and by the idea that the most devastating response to tyranny might be the simple wish to be left alone. In the 1960s, he had met and talked to Ivan Jirous, the manager of the Plastic People, whose long hair enraged the authorities in Prague.
The Plastic People of the Universe in concert in 1979.
Photo: Ondřej Němec
Observer.guardian.co.uk – 4 June 2006:
‘Revolution in the head’
Times Online – 11 June 2006:
‘Czechs and thugs and rock’n’roll’
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (edited by anyone):
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Google News – updated continously:
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The Guardian – 18 March 2006:
‘A matter of give and take’ – about the right of free expression
Official website of The Plastic People of the Universe:
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