The Grandmas

Dramatization of Daniil Charms' texts, writer, who knew that to face the reality, is possible only by laughing - surprising, unsuitable and mad. Only then we escape the "all swallowing gray" and the effect of heard, only by laughing we can face the reality. The However the stories, which often lack the classical building, the heightened punch line and the sense, catch you by unexpected insights, black humour and absurdity. Life not as a puzzle, but as a restless scrum and frenzied moments that ferociously fight against the understanding and logic.

About the company

Since its creation (1958) the Theatre on the Balustrade has played a significant role in the country’s social and cultural context and was a leading theatre for current theatrical tendencies. Since the 2013/2014 season the theatre has been headed by Petr Štědroň, Dora Viceníková and Jan Mikulášek, who incline towards irregular dramaturgy and auteur theatre. At the Theatre Critics’ Awards for the past year it won the Theatre of the Year award, while set designer Marek Cpin won Set Design of the Year for Hedonists and the production Velvet Havel won awards in all other categories.




Theatre on the Balustrade / Divadlo Na zábradlí

Czech title


Names of authors

Daniil Charms

Name of director or choreographer

Anna Petrželková

Length of the performance

75 minutes

Number of travelling persons


Awards and special mentions

Best Set Design (nomination) – The Theatre Critic’s Award





Scale of venue


Contact person

Alexandra Poláková