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Šolc Tomáš

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Actor; Mime; Painter; Poet (* 1937/11/13 Týn nad Vltavou)

Tomáš Šolc comes from a family of travelling theatre performers, and his father did not want him to be involved in acting, so he first trained to be a toolmaker. He later studied acting at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, graduating in 1961, and then began his first engagement at the State Theatre in Ostrava. He left there and spent one season in 1964 with the East Bohemian Theatre in Pardubice. Since 1965, he has been a permanent actor at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen.

Šolc is also a well-known and respected painter and he has been participating intensively in sport his whole life.

Many of his family members were also involved in acting: his grandfather Bohumír and father František, all four of his sisters (Hana, Jindra, Marie, and Eva), as well as his wife Marta.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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