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Julian Barnes

Talking It Over

First Slovenian production

Director

Boris Cavazza

Opening night

23 November 2007
Small Stage

Duration:

105 minutes

Author of nine novels, including Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World in 10 and ½ chapters, Julian Barnes is one of the most distinguished novelists currently writing in English. Born in Leicester, England, in 1946, Julian Barnes is the author of two books of stories, three collections of essays, a translation of Alphonse Daudet’s In the Land of Pain, and ten novels; he has written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. He has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize (Flaubert’s Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005). In France, he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis and the Prix Fémina, and in 2004 he became a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In England his honors include the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He has also received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He currently lives and writes in London.
His sixth novel Talking It Over (1991) contrasts two friends: dull Stuart, an investment banker, and brilliant Oliver, a teacher of English to foreigners. Stuart meets Gillian, a picture restorer, and marries her, but soon afterwards, Oliver falls in love with Gillian, who gets a divorce from Stuart and marries Oliver. Stuart is desperate and leaves for the United States while Gillian and Oliver move to the South of France and have a daughter. The novel Talking It Over presents a fairly conventional triangular relationship but applies an original narrative technique. Many reviewers saw through the deceptive simplicity of the plot and applauded the original narrative technique and confessional style. Adapting the convention of the epistolary novel, the book is composed of dramatic monologues by the main protagonists but also by a few secondary characters. Each monologue is preceded by the name of the protagonist who intervenes so that, to a certain extent, the novel resembles a play. The stage adaptation of SNG Drama Ljubljana perserved construction of the novel, but it simplified the plot by removing all secondary voices, so that there are only three main characters left.

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR OF THE NOVEL

Valerija Cokan

Drama Igralec: Valerija Cokan | odpri ustvarjalca

STAGE ADAPTATION OF THE NOVEL

SNG Drama Ljubljana

Drama Igralec: SNG Drama Ljubljana | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Damijan Cavazza

Drama Igralec: Damijan Cavazza | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Igor Leonardi

Drama Igralec: Igor Leonardi | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Polonca Valentinčič

Drama Igralec: Polonca Valentinčič | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Barbara Korun

Drama Igralec: Barbara Korun | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT - MENTOR

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Ajda Valcl

Drama Igralec: Ajda Valcl | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Bojan EmeršičDrama Igralec: Bojan Emeršič | odpri igralca

Stuart Hughes

Gregor BakovićDrama Igralec: Gregor Baković | odpri igralca

Oliver Russel

Awards

2008

Boris CavazzaNoble director

Barbara CerarPrešeren Fund Award

Festivals

2008

Days of Comedy in Celje

Cultural and Communication Centre Šentjanž in Rož (Austria)

Lent Festival

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