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Veltruská Jarmila

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Theatrologist; Translation (* 1937/6/22 Praha)

Shortly after the Second World War, Veltruská’s diplomat father was sent to work in London. Since he opposed the communist takeover in 1948, the family could not return home to Czechoslovakia. She spent seven years at a religious boarding school, after which she studied English language and literature at university in London. In 1959, she followed her husband, the aesthetician Jiří Veltruský, to Paris, where she found a new home. She attended lectures on 17th-century French history at the Sorbonne and began to take an interest in comparing medieval theatre in Bohemia, England, and France. With time, her interest narrowed to medieval liturgical theatre.

Her most important work was a study on the oldest Czech drama, Mastičkář, which she published in 1985 Jarmila F. Veltrusky: A Sacred Farce from Medieval Bohemia).

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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