GRIMM BROTHERS' SCARY FAIRY TALES
GRIMM BROTHERS' SCARY FAIRY TALES
Translation: Đorđe Tomić
Director: Мick Gordon
Set design: Igor Vasiljev
Costume design: Мaja Mirković
Composer: Igor Gostuški
Аssistant Director: Ivan Baletić*
Set Design Assistants: Jovana Obradović and Marija Jocić**
* Student of stage direction at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, in the class of Professor Ivana Vujić
** Students of set design at the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade, in the class of Professor Geroslav Zarić
HANSEL AND GRETEL
Father – Miloš Samolov
Hansel – Jovo Maksić
Gretel – Dušica Sinobad
Мother, Witch – Jelica Vučinić
Chorus – Marijana Vićentijević Badovinac
Chorus – Аlek Rodić
Chorus, Duck – Dušan Murić
THE GOLDEN GOOSE
Narrator: Miša Samolov
Father, Verger: Dušan Murić
First Son, Second Daughter: Jovo Maksić
Second Son, Priest: Аlek Rodić
Dunce: Јеlica Vučinić
First Daughter: Marijana Vićentijević Badovinac
Princess: Dušica Sinobad
Cinderella: Мarijana Vićentijević Badovinac
Younger Sister: Dušica Sinobad
Older Sister: Јеlica Vučinić
Stepmother: Miloš Samolov
Father: Dušan Murić
Prince: Аlek Rodić
Mother’s Ghost: Jovo Maksić
THE MOUSE, THE BIRD AND THE SAUSAGE
Narrator: Jovo Maksić
THE MAGIC TABLE
Father, Wood worker, Inn-keeper, Miller, Carpenter: Аlek Rodić
First Son: Miloš Samolov
Second Son, Guest, Cousin: Dušan Murić
Тhird Son, Guest, Cousin: Јovo Мaksić
Goat, Guest, Cousin: Јelica Vučinić
Guest, Cousin, Donkey: Мarijana Vićentijević Badovinac
Guest, Cousin: Dušica Sinobad
Date of premiere: 10 November 2007
Аuthor: Tim Supple / Carol Ann Duffy
Stage: Children Stage
The enchanted world of folk tales, with their princesses and evil stepmothers, magic forests and wise old kings, have been an integral part of childhood for hundreds of years. Listening to folk tales in our childhood we learn how to tell stories about the mysteries of the world in which we live and about our own puzzling thoughts and feelings. Folk tales introduce us to the realities of life both at conscious and unconscious level. In this performance, children will see five scary fairy tales of Grimm Brothers: “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Golden Goose”, “Cinderella”, “The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage” and “The Magic Table” - and learn that goodness is rewarded and evil punished, and that those who are always good, but also those who have the courage to become better, have nothing to fear. This performance was directed by the famous British director Mick Gordon, while the fairy tales were translated by Đorđe Tomić.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Mick Gordon is Artistic Director of On Theatre. He was Associate Director at the Royal National Theatre in London in the period 2001-2003 and Director of the National’s Transformation Season. Previously, he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in London. He studied Modern History at Oxford University. He also studies stage directing in France and London. His mentor was Peter Brook. His awards include the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer London UK and Peter Brook Award for Most Outstanding Theatre UK.
He is a writer and director of:
On Religion with A.C. Grayling, Soho Theatre London and with Lynn Redgrave in New York; On Ego with Paul Broks, Soho Theatre London; On Love in Uzbekistan, Ilkhom Theatre Tashkent; On Love, Gate Theatre London and BBC Radio 4; On Death with Marie de Hennezel, Gate Theatre London.
Some of the plays he directed:
Dancing at Lughnasa, Lyric Theatre Belfast; Optic Trilogy; A Play in Swedish, English and Italian, Dramatan Theatre Stockholm; War, Lovers, The Real Thing, Betrayal (Critics Award Best Production), Strindberg Theatre Stockholm; A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Walls, Le Pub!, National Theatre London; Monkey! Young Vic Theatre London; Trust, Royal Court Theatre London; Salome, Riverside Studios London, Godspell Chichester Festival Theatre; My Fair Lady, Closer, Art National Theatre Buenos Aires, (Three ACE Awards for Best Production); Volunteers, Marathon, Une Tempete, Gate Theatre London; Measure for Measure, English Touring Theatre; Hamlet, The Tales of Hoffman, National Theatre Studio; Renard, National Youth Ballet; The Promise, Arabian Nights, BAC; The Soldiers Tale, Institut Francais; Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Town Oxford Playhouse.
THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF FAIRY TALES
The enchanted world of folk tales, with their princesses and evil stepmothers, magic forests and wise old kings, have been an integral part of childhood for hundreds of years. Listening to folk tales in our childhood we learn how to tell stories about the mysteries of the world in which we live and about our own puzzling thoughts and feelings.
Folk tales introduce us to the realities of life both at conscious and unconscious level. They encourage us to celebrate the freedom and joy of our imagination. But they also tell us what we instinctively know: that not all people are good, that anyone can be greedy and that life involves struggle.
Jacob and Wilhelm, the Brothers Grimm, collected and wrote the most popular and most famous collection of folk tales in the world. They were experts in presenting only the most essential information needed for the story to be told. They believed in the power of imagination and understood how important it was for children to face the realities of life. In our performance, we have attempted to be true to their vision.
GRIMM BROTHERS’ FAIRY TALES
By the beauty of their literary expression, Grimm Brothers` Fairy Tales belong among the most beautiful artistic fairy tales. There are no stories in the world that can so powerfully engross and excite children`s imagination like Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Golden Goose. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the great contemporaries of German literary, philosophic and musical classical heritage, with their spirit bridged the time between the ancient myths and today`s heroes of video games. That is why these fairy tales, with no exaggeration whatsoever, can be classified among the greatest literary treasures for children.
Many children have grown up with these wonderful fairy tales. Every child wishes to see the magical shoe Cinderella lost running away from the ball. For this reason there are numerous versions in theatre and film, because each generation is entitled to satisfy this great children`s need to see their own Cinderella on the stage or film.
Fairy tales as a literary genre have an enormous significance in child`s development. Through fairy tales, children learn about life and distinguish between two most important values – the good and the bad. The clash between the good and the bad determines the sense of life and all things.
What the shoe will be like in this performance depends on director Mick Gordon and costume designer Maja Mirković. I am convinced that this performance will be unique according to many standards, including because it is based on an exceptionally exciting, imaginative and almost unreal theatrical adaptation.
ABOUT THE BROTHERS GRIMM
The Brothers Grimm, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, were German academics who were best known for publishing collections of folk tales and fairy tales and for their work in linguistics, relating to how the sounds in words shift over time (Grimm's Law). They are probably the best known story tellers of novellas from Europe, allowing the widespread knowledge of such tales as Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel.
Jakob Ludwig Karl Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm were born on 4 January 1785, and 24 February 1786, respectively, in Hanau near Frankfurt in Hessen. They were among a family of nine children, six of whom survived infancy. Their early childhood was spent in the countryside in what has been described as an "idyllic" state. When the eldest brother Jacob was eleven years old, however, their father, Philipp Wilhelm, died, and the family moved into a cramped urban residence. Two years later, the children`s grandfather also died, leaving them and their mother to struggle in reduced circumstances. Modern psychologists have argued that this harsh family background influenced the ways the Brothers Grimm would interpret and present their tales. The Brothers tended to idealise and excuse fathers, leaving a predominance of female villains in the tales—the infamous wicked stepmothers. For example, the evil stepmother and stepsisters in “Cinderella”, the nefarious crone in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and the kindly father in “The Frog King.” Another influence is perhaps shown in the brothers` fondness for stories such as “The 12 Brothers”, which show one girl and several brothers (their own family structure) overcoming opposition. The two brothers were educated at the Friedrichs-Gymnasium in Kassel and later both read law at the University of Marburg. They were in their early twenties when they began the linguistic and philological studies that would culminate in both Grimm’ s Law and their collected editions of fairy and folk tales. Though their collections of tales became immensely popular, they were essentially a by-product of the linguistic research which was the Brothers` primary goal.
In 1830, they formed a household in Gottingen where they were to become professors.
In 1837, the Brothers Grimm joined five of their colleague professors at the University of Gottingen to protest against the abolition of the liberal constitution of the state of Hanover by King Ernest Augustus I, a reactionary son of King George III. This group came to be known in the German states as Die Göttinger Sieben (The Gottingen Seven). The professors were fired from their university posts and three of them were deported - including Jacob. Jacob settled in Kassel, outside Ernest`s realm, and Wilhelm joined him there, both staying with their brother Ludwig. However, the next year, the two were invited to Berlin by the King of Prussia, and both settled there.
The graves of the Brothers Grimm are in the St Matthäus Kirchhof Cemetery in Schoneberg, Berlin.
Wilhelm died in 1859; his elder brother Jacob died in 1863. The Brothers Grimm helped foment a nationwide democratic public opinion in Germany and are cherished as the progenitors of the German democratic movement, whose revolution of 1848/1849 was crushed brutally by the Kingdom of Prussia, where constitutional monarchy was established.