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The GruffaloPuppet performance, length 40 min

The Gruffalo, foto: Urška Boljkovac
The Mouse heads for the woods to find a hazelnut. There the predators lie in wait for him. But he knows exactly what to do. To turn them away, he makes up a story about a Gruffalo. Apparently the Gruffalo adores foxes, owl ice cream with juice and roasted snakes. And yes, his Gruffalo is so dreadful that the Mouse becomes the most important animal in the forest. But if he really wants to get his breakfast, he has to deal with the Gruffalo as well. He suddenly finds the Mouse yummy himself. No way, that won’t be so easy, pal! The Gruffalo was in fact a very special creature, invented by the Mouse to frighten the other animals. And now he suddenly appears in flesh! Will the Mouse be resourceful enough to beat him as well?

The Gruffalo is a story full of twists, humour and great rhymes by the English novelist and poet Julia Donaldson. In our theatre it came to life under the direction of Jaka Ivanc, as translated and adapted by the poet Milan Dekleva. In addition to the exciting story on how to overcome fear, we are thus to experience a real musical with songs, aiming to become as popular as the story of the Gruffalo itself.

The performance Zverjasec (The Gruffalo) is based on the picture book Zverjasec (The Gruffalo), © illustrations by Axel Scheffler (1999), © text by Julia Donaldson, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, London, and the Slovenian publisher Mladinska knjiga(2010).

Premiere: 18.04.2013

Author: Julia Donaldson - Milan Dekleva
Director: Jaka Ivanc
Dramatization: Milan Dekleva
Dramaturgy: Andrej Jaklič
Artistic and set design: Natan Esku
Music: Davor Herceg
Performers: Gašper Malnar, Brane Vižintin / Iztok Lužar, Martina Maurič Lazar, Lovro Finžgar
Language coaching: Tatjana Stanič
Lighting design: Kristjan Vidner
Assistant director: Brane Vižintin
Puppet technology: Mitja Ritmanič
Producent: Ana Rokvić Pinterič
Head of performance and sound designer: Izidor Kozelj
Lighting technician: Matej Vidic
Stage technician: Iztok Vrhovnik, Milan Škrbič
Puppets and sets: Tiziana Alberton, Iztok Bobić, Anna Bailey, Sandra Birjukov, Sarah Brown, Natan Esku Richard Maasarani, Zoran Srdić, Jernej Remše, Mitja Ritmanič, Marjeta Valjavec, Delo osvobaja d.o.o.