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A Mouse Called JulianPuppetry performance based on the picture book by Joe Todd-Stanton, length 30 min

Photo: Nika Hölcl
A Mouse Called Julian (2019) is a picture book about a reclusive mouse called Julian by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-winning author and illustrator Joe Todd-Stanton. The mouse prefers to spend his days alone rather than in the company of his neighbours and other residents of his neighbourhood. And he absolutely loves it. But everything changes when a fox accidentally falls into his flat.

By a strange coincidence, the reclusive Julian one day meets a fox one day. Initially timid and reserved, the two heroes soon find themselves having a nice dinner and slowly realise that they have found a friend for life in each other. Two completely different animals, which in nature could also be in a predator-prey relationship, become involved in a friendship that should never have developed at first glance.

The picture book about a mouse who is annoyed by co-existing animals raises an important point about accepting fellow beings as they are. By introducing two completely different protagonists, the author also emphasises the importance of tolerance and getting to know each other, even if it seems at first glance that they want nothing to do with their new acquaintance.

The production is based on the themes of overcoming fear, the richness of friendship and relationships and is directed by the renowned and award-winning LGL animator Asja Kahrimanović. The production, which marks her directorial debut, uses puppets made by illustrator, musician, graphic designer and versatile artist Jure Engelsberger - Engels. Together with an extended creative team, they have created a gentle but exciting adventure that emphasises that life can be more enjoyable if we let others in once in a while.

Premiere: 14 March 2024, Small Stage LGL

The performance is based on the book A Mouse Called Julian © 2019, written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton and published by Flying Eye Books Ltd. For the Slovenian Edition © 2019, Zala Publishing in agreement with Flying Eye Books Ltd, translated into Slovenian by Mateja Sužnik and Miha Sužnik.

Joe Todd-Stanton is originally from Brighton and was trained as a young artist by his mother, an illustrator. He later studied illustration at UWE before moving to London, where he currently lives. His children's book The Secret of Black Rock won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize (illustrated category) in 2018 and he has since written and illustrated seven books for Flying Eye Books.

Asja Kahrimanović is an actress and animator and of the LGL ensemble. She received her training as a puppeteer at the LGL Puppet and Theatre Studio. After her puppetry training, she studied acting at the AGRFT, where she completed a master's degree in 2013. In addition to her active work at LGL, she has also performed at SNG Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre, Mladinsko Theatre and Glej. She has received several awards for her animation and acting performances, including the Pengova Charter of UNIMA Slovenia (2019) and three awards for animation at the Biennial of Puppetry Artists of Slovenia (2015, 2019, 2021).

Director: Asja Kahrimanović
Dramaturge: Benjamin Zajc
Visual designer: Jure Engelsberger
Set designer: Katarina Planinc
Music: Zajtrk (Sven Horvat, Laura Krajnc)
Lighting designer: Maša Avsec
Set design assistant: Laura Krajnc
Cast: Gašper Malnar, Zala Ana Štiglic, Ajda Toman
Stage manager and sound designer: Aleš Erjavec
Producer: Alja Cerar Mihajlović
Lighting technician: Maša Avsec
Set technician: Maša Avsec
LGL workshops manager: Zoran Srdić
Puppet, set and props production: Žiga Lebar, David Klemenčič, Katarina Planinc, Laura Krajnc, Sandra Birjukov, Marjeta Valjavec, Zala Kalan, Uroš Mehle
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