"How the first PQ changed my life!"
In the late spring of 1999 I was painting scenery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver when a professor told me about the PQ. Two weeks later I was standing on the platform at Malostranska trying, through the fog of jet lag, to figure out to get to my hotel in Prague 8. I got off at Vystaviste in front of the Prumyslovy Palace. I stopped an Englishman in a large straw hat and asked directions.
The next day I picked up from the floor of the palace a fortune cookie size piece of paper announcing “MA Scenography". Later that day I was at the front of the State Opera attempting to get in to hear a talk with Ming Cho Lee, Ralph Koltai and Joseph Svoboda moderated by Pamela Howard, the event now a part of history, when I saw Peter Mair, the man in the straw hat. Out of kindness he gave me one of his passes. Afterwards we spoke on the street with Ralph and Pamela.
I received my degree from Central Saint Martin's and DAMU in the fall of 2002. During the course I had as an advisor actor and director Julek Neumann. We became friends and later collaborated in Prague, London and Vancouver. Since then I've had memorable times with Julek, Pamela and my many Czech friends. Coincidence or fate? That first PQ changed my life.
David Roberts, MA
Canadian National Exposition, PQ 2003
Pecha Kucha presenter, PQ 2011