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Saša Eržen

A Tale of Fleas

Tista o bolhah

Director Ivana Djilas

Play for children
World premiere

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Saša Eržen (1973) has been writing for children and youth for more than twenty years. She has authored many stories, lyrics and songs for children's puppet shows (Tag, You’re It!, Wee Charlie’s Stories, Pinocchio, Goldilocks and the Three Bears), scripts for children and youth television shows (Firbcologi, Studio Kriškraš), and picture books. In 2020, a feature film for children, A Hat, based on her screenplay, will be produced. Her play Tag, You’re It! opened at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre in November 2012 to great acclaim and has had more than 200 repeat shows. In 2017, it won a special award for a new play at the International Puppet Theatre Festival Golden Spark in Kragujevac, Serbia.
Eržen’s picture book A Tale of Fleas was shortlisted as one of the five entries for the best Slovenian picture book in 2011 and received the national Golden Pear token of recognition for quality literature. In 2019, it was adapted for the radio and broadcast in the series Good Night, Children.
Once upon a time, beyond seven mountains, seven waters, and seven mouse holes there lived a cat queen. When she was not busy entertaining her guests or holding parades, she loved napping on soft velvet cushions and purring. Her life was cat-like carefree and relaxed, until one day some weird creature bit her and gave her an unbearable itch. It gnawed and itched her more and more. The servants scratched the cat queen, but to no avail. They began to rumour, whispering to each other that the cat queen had fleas. The queen to have fleas! Oh, no! This can’t be! And so she sacked them all. She called on the sage scholars of her feline kingdom for help, but no one knew what to do. Finally, Coolcat came to her rescue. He whispered a wonderful piece of advice in her ear. It was something her feline royal highness yearned to hear.
A Tale of Fleas is a cheeky, amazing, and amusing story about a cat queen who refuses to admit that she has problems and therefore tackles them in a completely futile way. Running away from problems is never a solution, be it fleas or any other ailments. We can only get rid of the problems if we acknowledge them first, grab them by the neck, and bravely face them.

Stage adaptation by Tatjana Doma, Saša Eržen
Director Ivana Djilas
Songwriter Saša Eržen
Author of the Cat's Rap Željko Božić
Dramaturg Tatjana Doma
Set Designer Sara Slivnik 
Costume Designer Jelena Proković 
Composer and Vocal Coach Boštjan Gombač 
Choreographer Željko Božić 
Lighting Designers Ivana Djilas, Sara Slivnik, Jernej Repinšek
Language Consultant Jože Volk
Assistant to Director Željko Božić
Assistant to Costume Designer Katarina Šavs
Beatbox Murat

Cast
Lučka Počkaj/Jagoda 
Žan Brelih Hatunić/Damjan M. Trbovc
David Čeh/Tarek Rashid 

Iternal opening nights 23 October 2020 and 12 February 2021
Official opening night 6 November 2021
Performance duration 50 minutes. No interval.

Stage Manager Anže Čater • Prompter Simona Krošl • Lighting Master Jernej Repinšek • Sound Master Mitja Švener • Property Master Manja Vadla • Front-of-house Manager Filip Kač Šelih • Make-up Artists Marjana Sumrak, Andreja Veselak Pavlič • Wardrobe Masters Melita Trojar, Mojca Panič • Head of Construction Gregor Prah • Assistant Technical Manager Rajnhold Jelen • Technical Manager Miha Peperko

 

 

/Jagoda 
Žan Brelih Hatunić/Damjan M. Trbovc
David Čeh/Tarek Rashid 

Iternal opening nights 23 October 2020 and 12 February 2021
Official opening night 6 November 2021
Performance duration 50 minutes. No interval.


Stage Manager Anže Čater • Prompter Simona Krošl
Lighting Master Jernej Repinšek
Sound Master Mitja Švener
Property Master Manja Vadla
Front-of-house Manager Filip Kač Šelih
Make-up Artists Marjana Sumrak, Andreja Veselak Pavlič
Wardrobe Masters Melita Trojar, Mojca Panič
Head of Construction Gregor Prah
Assistant Technical Manager Rajnhold Jelen 
Technical Manager Miha Peperko

 

 

  • Lučka Počkaj, Žan Brelih Hatunić

  • Lučka Počkaj, David Čeh, Žan Brelih Hatunić

  • Lučka Počkaj, David Čeh

  • David Čeh, Lučka Počkaj

  • David Čeh, Žan Brelih Hatunić, Lučka Počkaj

  • David Čeh, Lučka Počkaj, Žan Brelih Hatunić

  • Lučka Počkaj, Žan Brelih Hatunić

  • Lučka Počkaj

  • Lučka Počkaj, Žan Brelih Hatunić, David Čeh

  • Lučka Počkaj, Žan Brelih Hatunić

  • Lučka Počkaj, David Čeh, Žan Brelih Hatunić

  • Lučka Počkaj, Žan Brelih Hatunić, David Čeh

  • Žan Brelih Hatunić, Lučka Počkaj, David Čeh

  • Lučka Počkaj

  • Lučka Počkaj, Žan Brelih Hatunić

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Jagoda, Tarek Rashid

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Jagoda, Tarek Rashid

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Jagoda, Tarek Rashid

  • Jagoda, Tarek Rashid

  • Tarek Rashid, Jagoda, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • Tarek Rashid, Jagoda, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Tarek Rashid, Jagoda

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Tarek Rashid, Jagoda

  • Jagoda, Tarek Rashid, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • Jagoda, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • Tarek Rashid, Jagoda, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • Jagoda

  • Tarek Rashid, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • Jagoda, Damjan. M. Trbovc, Tarek Rashid

  • Jagoda, Damjan. M. Trbovc, Tarek Rashid

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