Jack and JimA Puppet Performance, length 45 min

Jack and Jim, foto Jaka Varmuž
Jim is a blackbird. And blackbirds are black. But Jim doesn't find anything wrong in it. He doesn't even think about it. Things are as they are. Until he sets out on a journey to where his feet will take him and meets Jack. Jack is a seagull. And seagulls are white. And there is nothing wrong with that either. Jack and Jim are different. But in spite of everything they become very good friends. They spend a lot of time together and they feel fine together. Until one day Jim decides to visit a seagulls’ village. It is not easy to be a new kid in town. And especially if you look different. Even if you have your friend standing by your side. Can Jim enrich the seagulls' world? Will the blackbird be able to warm the seagulls’ hearts?
Belgian illustrator and writer Kitty Crowter (1970) received the Astrid Lindgren award for her work in 2010. In its commentary, the jury wrote down that the artist »preserves the picture book tradition, simultaneously changing and renewing it.«
It is her second picture book, translated into Slovenian and presented in our theatre after Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop!

Jack and Jim is above all a performance about friendship, demanding of the youngest viewers some answers to extremely significant questions about coexistence and acceptance of others. Is everything that looks different, really so different from ourselves? The starting point for the world of puppets in this performance is the marine deposits, discovered by the versatile British author Kirsty Elson. The artist is inspired by some ordinary finds along the Cornwall Coast in South West England, which she turns into highly artistic decorative objects. A variety of colours and textures are an important segment of her creation, dominated by various pieces of wood, podded by the sea and faded by the sun with coloured layers.

Ivana Djilas has been directing in many professional theatres and theatre groups; in recent years she has been intensively devoting herself to performances for children and young people. In the previous two theatre seasons she has thus put on the stage of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre such performances as Goose the Bear and Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop!

Author: Kitty Crowther
Director: Ivana Djilas
Art: Kirsty Elson
Cast: Asja Kahrimanović Babnik, Martina Maurič Lazar, Blaž Celarec a. g.
Music: Blaž Celarec
Costumography: Jelena Proković
Puppet Technology: Žiga Lebar
Set Design: Sara Slivnik
Lighting Design: Igor Remeta
Proofread by: Metka Damjan
Music played by: Uroš Rakovec, Severa Gjurin, Boštjan Gombač, Marko Brdnik, Blaž Celarec, Petra Vidmar
Fotography: Jana Jocif
Stage Manager and Sound Designer: Erik Krkač
Producers: Ana Rokvić Pinterič, Alja Cerar Mihajlović
Lights: Niko Štabuc
Set Technician: Slobodan Ilić
Puppets, Set, Instruments and Costumes Production: Žiga Lebar, Kirsty Elson, Zoran Srdić, Iztok Bobić, Sandra Birjukov, Zala Kalan, Marjeta Valjavec, Katarina Tadina, Helene Koch, Hanna Juta Kozar, Lara Mastnak, Sara Slivnik, Zlatko Djogić, Uroš Mehle