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The Tiger Lillies, Julian Crouch, Phelim Mc Dermott

Shockheaded Peter



Ivana Djilas

Opening night

7 December 2016

90 minutes, no interval

SNG Nova Gorica

Translator Andrej Rozman Roza
Director Ivana Djilas
Dramaturg Ana Kržišnik Blažica
Language Consultant Srečko Fišer
Music Arrangements Boštjan Narat, Blaž Celarec, Joži Šalej
Vocal Coach Joži Šalej
Set and Puppet Designer Barbara Stupica
Costume Designer Jelena Proković
Choreographer Maša Kagao Knez
Puppet Animation Consultant Brane Vižintin
Lighting Designer Samo Oblokar
Make-Up Designer Tina Prpar
Assistant Set Designer Ana Žerjal
Assistant Costume Designer Neli Štrukelj

Ana Facchini
Kristijan Guček
Peter Harl
Gorazd Jakomini
Patrizia Jurinčič Finžgar
Jure Kopušar
Matija Rupel
Marjuta Slamič
Andrej Zalesjak

Blaž Celarec
Boštjan Narat
Joži Šalej

The Slovenian first production of a bizarre operetta by the cult London group, The Tiger Lillies, directed by Ivana Djilas, is a virtuoso blend of a grotesque, gallows humour, falsetto singing, live stage music, puppet animation, dance and much more. This »junk-opera«, as the original authors called it, is based on an adaptation of Shockheaded Peter (Struwwelpeter, 1845), a picture book for children, written by Heinrich Hoffmann, a German psychiatrist, poet and author. His supposedly educational stories abound in quirky, morbid horrors that afflict naughty children. If you play with matches … you burn!

»This is theatre in the theatre for theatre aficionados; the first Slovenian production of this bizarre operetta constructs an effortless and smoothly-running harmony of all performing elements: ensemble acting, puppet animation, choreography, sound design, and direction that blends and elevates them by means of an accomplished familiarity with the genre. A morbid black comedy, a junk opera and a grotesque with the elements of the fantastic.«

From the Gracious Comedy 2017 Awards statement at the 26th Days of Comedy Festival, Celje, Slovenia