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Goce Delčeva 1, NOvi Beograd

© 2010. Malo pozorište "Duško Radović"

Dreadful stories by Grimm brothers

Translation: Đorđe Tomić
Production: Mik Gordon
Set design: Igor Vasiljev
Costume design: Maja Mirković
Composer: Igor Gostuški
Assistant Producer: Ivan Baletić
Assistants Scenographers: Jovana Obradović and Marija Jocić

Father – Miša Samolov
Hansel – Jovo Maksić
Gretel – Dušica Sinobad
Mother, Witch – Jelica Vučinić
Chorus – Marijana Vićentijević Badovinac
Chorus – Alek Rodić
Chorus, Duck – Dušan Murić

Narrator – Miša Samolov
Father, Verger – Dušan Murić
First son, Second daughter – Jovo Maksić
Second son, Priest – Alek Rodić
Dunce – Jelica Vučinić
First daughter – Marijana Vićentijević Badovinac
Princess – Dušica Sinobad


Cinderella - Marijana Vićentijević Badovinac
Younger sister – Dušica Sinobad
Older sister – Jelica Vučinić
Stepmother – Miša Samolov
Father – Dušan Murić
Prince – Alek Rodić
Mother’s ghost – Jovo Maksić

Narrator – Jovo Maksić

Father, Wood worker, Inn-keeper, Miller, Carpenter – Alek Rodić
First son – Miša Samolov
Second son, Guest, Cousin – Dušan Murić
Third son, Guest, Cousin– Jovo Maksić
Goat, Guest, Cousin – Jelica Vučinić
Guest, Cousin, Donkey – Marijana Vićentijević Badovinac
Guest, Cousin – Dušica Sinobad

On the director

Mick Gordon is Artistic Director of On Theatre and On Film. He was Associate Director at the Royal National Theatre 2001-2003, and was Director of the National’s Transformation Season. Previously he was Artistic Director of London’s Gate Theatre. He studied Modern History at Oxford University and theatre with Peter Brook in France and London. Awards include Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Peter Brook Award for Most Outstanding Theatre.

As writer and director:

Grace (On Religion) with AC Grayling, Soho Theatre London and with Lynn Redgrave in New York; On Ego with Paul Broks, Soho Theatre London and MIT; On Love in Uzbekistan, Ilhom Theatre Tashkent; On Love, Gate Theatre London and BBC Radio4; On Death with Marie de Hennezel, Gate Theatre London

As director theatre includes:
Dancing at Lughnasa Lyric Theatre Belfast; Optic Trilogy, A Play in Swedish, English and Italian Dramatan Theatre Stockholm; War, Lovers, The Real Thing, Betrayal (Critics Award Best Production) Strindberg Theatre Stockholm; A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Walls, Le Pub! National Theatre London; Monkey! Young Vic Theatre London; Trust Royal Court Theatre London, Salome Riverside Studios London, Godspell Chichester Festival Theatre, My Fair Lady, Closer, Art National Theatre Buenos Aires, (Three ACE Awards for Best Production); Volunteers, Marathon, Une Tempete, Gate Theatre London; Measure for Measure English Touring Theatre, Hamlet, The Tales of Hoffman National Theatre Studio, Renard National Youth Ballet, The Promise, Arabian Nights BAC, The Soldiers Tale Institut Francais, Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Town Oxford Playhouse.

The enchanted world of folk tales

The enchanted world of folk tales, with their princesses and evil stepmothers, magic forests and wise old kings has been an integral part of childhood for hundreds of years. And as children, listening to folk tales is how we first learn to tell stories about the mysteries of the world we live in, and about our own baffling thoughts and emotions.

Consciously and unconsciously folk tales introduce us to the realities of life. They encourage us to celebrate the freedom and the joy of our imaginations. But they also tell us what we instinctively know, that not all men are good, that we can all be greedy, and that life involves struggle.

Jacob and Wilhelm, the brothers Grimm, collected and wrote the most popular and most famous collection of folk tales in the world. They were experts in presenting only the most essential information to allow the story to be told. They believed in the power of imagination and they knew the importance for children of facing the realities of life. And in our production, we have attempted to be true to their vision.

Mick Gordon
Belgrade 2007

Grimm brothers' fairytales

By the beauty of their literary expression, Grimm Brothers` Fairytales belong among the most beautiful artistic fairytales. There are no stories in the world that can so powerfully engross and excite children`s imagination like Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Golden Goose. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the great contemporaries of German literary, philosophic and musical classical heritage, with their spirit bridged the time between ancient myths and today`s heroes of video games. That is why these fairytales, with no exaggeration whatsoever, can be classified among the greatest literary treasure for children.

Many children have grown up with these wonderful fairytales. Every child wishes to see the magical shoe Cinderella lost running away from the ball. For this reason there are numerous versions of it in theatre and on film, because each generation is entitled to satisfy this great children`s need to see their own Cinderella on the stage or film...

Fairytales as a literary genre have an enormous significance in child`s development. Through fairytales, children learn about life and distinguish between two most important values in it – the good and the bad. The clash between the good and the bad determines the sense of life and all things.

What the shoe will be like in this performance depends on the director Mick Gordon and his costume designer Maja Mirković. This performance will, I am convinced, be unique according to many standards, among other, because it is founded on an exceptionally exciting, imaginary and almost unreal dramatization.

Milica Novković

About the brothers Grimm

The Grimm Brothers Jacob and Wilhel Grimm, were Gernan academics who were best known for publishing collections of folk tales and fairy tales , and for their work in linguistics, relating to how the sounds in words shift over time (Grimm s Law). They are probably the best known story tellers of novellas from Europe, allowing the widespread knowledge of such tales as Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel.
Jaknob Ludwig Karl Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm were born on January 4, 1785, and February 24, 1786, respectively, in Hanau near Frankfurt in Hessen. They were among a family of nine children, six of whom survived infancy. Their early childhood was spent in the countryside in what has been described as an "idyllic" state. When the eldest brother Jacob was eleven years old, however, their father, Philipp Wilhelm, died, and the family moved into a cramped urban residence. Two years later, the children`s grandfather also died, leaving them and their mother to struggle in reduced circumstances. (Modern psychologists have argued that this harsh family background influenced the ways the Brothers Grimm would interpret and present their tales. The Brothers tended to idealize and excuse fathers, leaving a predominance of female villains in the tales—the infamous wicked stepmothers. For example, the evil stepmother and stepsisters in “Cinderella”, the nefarious crone in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and the kindly father in “The Frog King.”) Another influence is perhaps shown in the brothers` fondness for stories such as The 12 Brother, which show one girl and several brothers (their own family structure) overcoming opposition. The two brothers were educated at the Friedrichs- Gymnasium in Kassel and later both read law at the University of Marburg. They were in their early twenties when they began the linguistic and philological studies that would culminate in both Grimm’ s Law and their collected editions of fairy and folk tales. Though their collections of tales became immensely popular, they were essentially a byproduct of the linguistic research which was the Brothers` primary goal.
In 1830, they formed a household in Gottingen where they were to become professors.
In 1837, the Brothers Grimm joined five of their colleague professors at the University of Gottingen to protest against the abolition of the liberal constitution of the state of Hanover by King Ernest Augustus I, a reactionary son of King George III. This group came to be known in the German states as Die Göttinger Sieben (The Gottingen Seven). The two, along with the five others, protested against the abrogation. For this, the professors were fired from their university posts and three deported--including Jacob. Jacob settled in Kassel, outside Ernest`s realm, and Wilhelm joined him there, both staying with their brother Ludwig. However, the next year, the two were invited to Berlin by the King of Prussia, and both settled there.
Graves of the Brothers Grimm in the St Matthäus Kirchhof Cemetery in Schoneberg, Berlin.
Wilhelm died in 1859; his elder brother Jacob died in 1863. They are buried in the St. Matthäus Kirchhof Cemetery in Schöneberg, Berlin. The Grimms helped foment a nationwide democratic public opinion in Germany and are cherished as the progenitors of the German democratic movement, whose revolution of 1848/1849 was crushed brutally by the Kingdom of Prussia, where there was established a constitutional monarchy.