Schockheaded Peter, Golden Stick Festival

Schockheaded Peter
The musical play of the group The Tiger Lillies, based in London, is an adaptation of the world famous children's picture book Struwwelpeter (1845), conceived by German psychiatrist, poet and writer Heinrich Hoffmann. The bizarre stories, written in the time of the so called »black romanticism«, tell about the inappropriate behaviour of children that leads to a cruel and violent end. A child refuses to eat, thus losing his weight, until he finally dies; a girl plays with the forbidden matches and dies in fire; a boy whips a dog, until it bites off his leg … In this staging, designed both for adults and younger audiences, it is the music that actually takes an active role in conveying these dark stories, wherein it is helped by the narrator who, singing with a falsetto voice, guides the audience through a grotesque world, full of black humour and extravagant visual design, as well as overly affected acting and use of puppets.
  • The picture book Der Struwwelpeter was first translated into Slovenian as Zaspanček Razkodranček by Sonja Sever and published by Naša gruda in 1925. In 2013 it was published in a translation by Valerija Trojar as Peter Kušter ali Zabavne zgodbe s hecnimi slikami (Schockheaded Peter or Entertaining Stories with Funny Pictures) (by the EPOS and Rosula, Society for the Promotion of Science and Art); after the original Hoffmann's title Der Struwwelpeter oder lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder für Kinder von 3 bis 6 Jahren), whereas the translation for this newest staging was entrusted to Andrej Rozman Roza.
  • Hoffmann used fear in his stories to teach children good manners and obedience. Despite the somewhat dubious heritage of such black pedagogy, this work belongs among the most successful books written for children; its motifs were used in literature, film and theatre. There's even a museum, dedicated to both Hoffmann and his Schockheaded Peter in Frankfurt on Main. The musical and theatrical adaptation Shockheaded Peter, »a junk-opera«, as referred to by the authors themselves, was first staged in London, in 1998. Its first production was followed by many others around the world.

Premiere: 7th December 2016

SNG Nova Gorica / Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica
Director: Ivana Djilas
Author: The Tiger Lillies, Julian Crouch, Phelim McDermott
Translation: Andrej Rozman Roza
Dramaturgy: Ana Kržišnik Blažica
Performed by: Ana Facchini, Kristijan Guček, Peter Harl, Gorazd Jakomini, Patrizia Jurinčič Finžgar, Jure Kopušar, Matija Rupel, Marjuta Slamič, Andrej Zalesjak
Language Coaching: Srečko Fišer
Arrangements: Boštjan Narat, Blaž Celarec, Joži Šalej
Repetition: Joži Šalej
Musicians: Blaž Celarec a. g., Boštjan Narat a. g., Joži Šalej a. g.
Set and Puppets Design: Barbara Stupica
Costume Design: Jelena Proković
Choreography: Maša Kagao Knez
Puppets Animation Advising: Brane Vižintin
Lighting Design: Samo Oblokar
Make-up: Tina Prpar
Assistant Set Designer: Ana Žerjal
Assistant Costume Designer: Neli Štrukelj
01.10.2017 at 18:00
Stage: Cankarjev dom
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