Between the Lines, or The Media Don’t Always Tell the Truth

An educational programme for teenagers combining the show Putin’s Agents with interactive workshops run by artists, journalists, and education experts. Between the Lines opens during the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons in Prague and Ústí nad Labem.

This unique project broaches some potentially explosive contemporary topics such as the infiltration of the Czech public space by Russian secret agents, media manipulation, fake news, and the consequences of disinformation campaigns.

The programme consists of three main parts. First, Putin’s Agents the show is performed, followed by a debate with the audience, eventually turning into workshops with relevant experts. The strong impression left by the show is combined with real fact-work and content reflection.

The show Putin’s Agents is remarkable for its interactive form. It is a unique combination of theatre and film, so-called live cinema. Based on the story of Robert Rachardžo, the only revealed and publicly-known sleeping agent in the Czech Republic, and with the help of live shooting and editing, a film is made in real time documenting how easily secret services may interfere with our lives. The intense experience of the show is then processed in a follow-up debate with the project’s creative team.

Four workshops follow the debate. One is run by our technical team, three others by renowned personalities of the Czech media and educational scene: Ondřej Kundra from Respekt weekly; Bob Kartous, the spokesman for Czech Elves, and Jaroslav Spurný from Respekt weekly.

The programme Between the Lines may be utilised as a complementary element of media education, civics, or history classes. Should you be interested in becoming part of it, do not hesitate to contact us.

In 2020, Between the Lines was introduced in testing edition at Jatka78 in Prague on September 14, 2020. The upcoming runs of the programme scheduled for autumn 2020 and spring 2021 had to be postponed to later 2021 due to covid-19 pandemic.

Upcoming runs of Between the Lines:
September, 23, 2021, from 10 a.m. – Jatka78, Prague
September, 24, 2021, from 10 a.m. – Jatka78, Prague
October, 14, 2021, from 10 a.m. – KULT, Ústí nad Labem
October, 15, 2021, from 10 a.m. – KULT, Ústí nad Labem

Currently we are preparing online version of the project, see more at Mezi řádky blog.

Project partners are Jatka78 (Prague), KULT (Ústí nad Labem) and UFFO (Trutnov).

The project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Active Citizens Fund. The programme promotes citizens’ active participation in the public life and decision making and builds capacities of civil society organizations. The Active Citizens Fund is financed from the EEA and Norway Grants.

Our thanks also go to the Czech Ministry of Culture and Prague 7 council.

Photos from the pilot launch. September 14, 2020, Jatka78, photo by Libor Galia

Premiere:

14. September 2020

Creators and collaborators

Putin’s Agents team:
Petra Tejnorová, Petr Vančura, Daniel Šváb, Jan Tošovský, Nina Jacques, Dominik Žižka, Kryštof Melka, Marek Bartoš, Zuzana Walter, Petra Maceridu, Erik Bartoš, Jan Sedláček, Róbert Palkovič, Tereza Baschová, Laura Zemanová, Adina Hanáková, Michal Somoš

Workshops tutors:
Ondřej Kundra, Jaroslav Spurný, Bob Kartous
Jan Tošovský, Nina Jacques, Petra Vančura, Daniel Šváb, Petra Tejnorová, Erik Bartoš, Zuzana Walter, Petra Maceridu, Kryštof Melka, Dominik Žižka, Marek Bartoš

Methodologist:
Martina Čurdová

Technical director
Tomáš Kadlec

Production:
Tereza Baschová

Project coordinator:
Michal Somoš

 

Contact for schools:
Hana Kacafírková, hkaca@centrum.cz, 721 171 217