Dianiška (Foto David Turecký)

Tomas Dianiska (1984), is both the actor and the author. He has a special sense of dramatic situations and actual language. He often transforms his contemporaneous topics in the form of B movie genres. Often in shocking form and grotesque exaggeration he deals with serious issues such as identity, relationship or even crash of the individual and society. In light pen, with great insight, he touches politics, general and personal history, in high and low style.

Tomáš Dianiška (1984) was born in Bánská Bystrica, Slovakia, in 1984. In 2008, he graduated from the Drama Department (Acting Programme) at the Theatre Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) in Prague. After graduation, he started working as an actor at F.X. Šalda Theatre, Liberec, where he performed more than 30 characters.

He is the co-founder and court playwright of the underground and punk F.X. Kalba Theatre that focuses on topics related to YouTube generation. In spite of his Slovak origin, he usually writes in Czech. His first play was Googling and Fucking – originally performed at a party entitled DrinkART.
His plays are mostly co-directed, or created by a group of artists that are close to him (Anna Petrželková, Adéla Stodolová, Braňo Holiček, Jan Frič). As an author and an actor, he cooperates with Prague’s alternative stages, such as: MeetFactory, Letí, A Studio Rubin, Masopust, Chemical Theater, and others.

Since September 2014, he has been a stable member of the Theatre under Palmovka, where he performs as an actor, but he also shapes the face of the Palm Off Studio. It is here’s where his plays like Mickey Mouse Is Dead, Top Secret: Cruel Immortality, Silence of the Beaver, and Let Donna Go to Graduation! are staged. He also dramatized popular books such as How to Pick up a Woman and 1000 Things That Bother Me. As an author, he cooperates with Czech Radio. He’s also a party DJ. He was the Talent of the Year in the 2017 Theatre Critics Award.

Tomáš Dianiška is one of the youngest generation of Czech authors. In his plays, he reflects the feelings of his generation and that makes him almost a cult author, but he is also not afraid to focus on historical themes that he perceives with controversial optics. His texts are typical full of humour and irony, as well as frequent use of pop culture references.

SILENCE OF THE BEAVERS
Genre: comedy
Cast: 2 men, 2 women

“Totalitarian horror about the pitfalls of scouting.” Play based on real events, about an incredible joke hidden in Czech Communist history. The story of the ancient times, when the statues of the Gods stood on Letna (the memorial of J.V. Stalin) and the poor and humble men crouched under its cruelty. Only a few people managed to stand up and fight them. Nineteen-year-old Bedřiška suddenly has symptoms of a strange disease. She can light a fire without the help of Pepo and knows all verses of the song the Up Goes the Flag. Doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists are helpless. The only possible way to save the girl seems to be an ancient practice of exorcism. There is no doubt that the unfortunate girl is obsessed with scouting …

The motive of the most famous Czechoslovak coin, the crown of 1957, has only recently become more widespread. At that time, it became clear that the winning design of the artist Marie Uchytilová was inspired the figure of the persecuted scout leader Bedřiška Synková. So, while the young woman was serving the fourth year of a ten-year sentence for illegal leadership of a scout group, the regime proudly distributed a new coin with her portrait. The artist used her own way to deal with the regime of at a time of “prevailing” cruel totality. The play was nominated for the Best First Production in 2016 Theatre Critics Award.
In the near future, the play will be also available in English.

PERVERSE MARGARET
Genre: comedy
Cast: 1 man, 1 woman

You want to teach a dolphin to… talk? That would be a scientific breakthrough of the evening.
A comedy about how the dolphin fell in love with Margaret.
A story based on a real event from the wild times when the LSD was still legal. Margaret is drowning. Not because she was perverse or even nasty. She just had sex with Peter. Peter is a funny, smart and passionate playboy, but he has a small problem. He’s not a man…

In every generation, there are madmen who turn sci-fi themes into real life. Two guys decided to build a machine and call it an airplane. A group of nerds sends people to the Moon. We all have a computer that can fit into our pocket and we even call with them. Unfortunately, history usually remembers only these successful experiments. But someone has to dedicate their life to nonsense, otherwise we would not move on. If you want to teach an animal to talk, just try it. The story of Margaret, Peter and Lilly is the story of a real NASA-funded experiment in the 1960’s.
In the near future, the play will be also available in English.