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Palach is a 1970 play by Alan Burns (1929–2013)[1] and Charles Marowitz(1934-2014)[2].

The original text

A play about about the suicide by self-immolation of the student Jan Palach (1948–1969)[3], as a political protest against the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies.

The play was first produced in London at the Open Space Theatre, 11 November 1970.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

197?: Performed by U.C.T. Drama School students at The Space (Cape Town), directed by Dorrian McLaren.


Brian Astbury. 1979. The Space/Die Ruimte/Indawo. Cape Town: Moira and Azriel Fine.

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