The Right to be a HumanAn Original Play by Young Authors, length 90 min

The Right to be a Human, foto Mankica Kranjec
What does it mean to be human—not in some abstract, philosophical sense, but on a purely concrete, ordinary, down-to-earth level? What does it mean to be young—in this time, in this place? Where does theatre take place nowadays and who is creating and performing it? What spaces does it open, what questions does it raise? Who is the one that speaks (their mind) and who is the listener?

The play Pravica biti človek (The Right to Be Human), which the LGL Theatre Laboratory has been concocting for more than half a year, brings together 19 young people between 12 and 19 years of age. The initial idea was to explore young people's attitudes towards universally accepted human rights; in the process, the notion of "universality" began to recede into the background, giving space to the performers' individual stories. The play thus represents an intimate portrait of a generation that, having grown up safely sheltered in the family environment, now finds itself entering a chaotic world with entirely new kinds of uncertainties, ones that previous generations had been spared from. It delves deep into their understanding of what is permitted and acceptable, of social and individual responsibility and interpersonal relationships. It does not deal with universally acknowledged "correct" answers to current social issues. Young people, for the most part, are perfectly familiar with those; they know what political correctness is and how to express themselves while adhering to it. The play seeks to reach deeper—to the level of their personal fears, wishes, hopes, guilt and anger; it gives them a voice not so that they can say what is expected from them, but to voice what they usually hold back.

The process of producing the play was at the same time a theatre laboratory led by the dramaturge and theatre educator Ana Duša and director Mare Bulc and co-mentored by the composer Polona Janežič (music) and choreographer Sebastjan Starič (motion). The aim of the process was not only to create the play but also to educate the participants to become theatre professionals and people who will be able and willing to articulate their thoughts, even when these transgress the boundaries of expectation and decency. In this way, the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre continues to actively involve young people in the world of theatre as well as in the broader cultural and social environment, offering adults an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the mind-set of future generations, as well as open up a space for dialogue at the intersection of the two.

Director: Mare Bulc
Cast: Tibor Anželj, Matija David Brodnik, Dejan Cvek, Klara Gantar, Smiljan Hude, Liza Marija Humer, Sofija Kali Kirn, Zala Klinar, Jera Kočevar, Leon Kokošar, Tia Krhlanko, Luka Miloševič, Ana Praznik, Ema Radilovič, Indija Stropnik, Pavle Vastl, Aiko Zakrajšek, Maša Nela Zorc, Luka Žerdin
Text by: Actors in the Performance
Text edited by: Mare Bulc, Ana Duša
Dramaturge: Ana Duša
Composer and Music Mentor: Polona Janežič
Set Design: Damir Leventić
Choreography and Motion: Sebastjan Starič
Lighting Design: Gregor Kuhar
Assistants: Ana Kozina, Jošt Rogelj
Language Mentor: Irena Androjna Mencinger
Fotography: Mankica Kranjec
Stage Manager and Sound Designer: Emil Koprivc
Producer: Alja Cerar Mihajlović
Stage Manager: David Kraševec
Wardrobe: Daša Jordanovski
Set Production: Uroš Mehle, Vladson