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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE REALM OF STORIES (RO)

Puck Puppet Theatre reveals its world of magic through a show full of surprises. „ A journey through the realm of stories” offers the audience an opportunity—to meet with the most loved characters from the Puck Puppet Theatre’s repertoire: Puck the elf, the Little Goat from the „Goat and the Three Kidlings” and the Old Woman’s Daughter from „The Old Woman’s Daughter and the Old Man’s Daughter”. Through its interactive moments, the theatre’s world connects with its audience, and the children are engaged in a dialogue about stories.

With intensity, music and dance, the moments of the show create favorable circumstances for the audience to create a connection in three dimensions: the puppets, the actors and the clowns. This comes along with trying to communicate the essence of a theatre dedicated to children. ,, The key to every little thing is the play and the truthfulness of it”, said the director of the show.

 

The Valiant Elf (RO)

The Valiant Elf is an allegory about the inner child which, like Cic, spreads the bliss of play and innocence around him. Childhood lived at any age is the key toward a miraculous world.

The story presents the journey of the elf hero, who, through his braveness and kindness, looks over The Pasture of the Golden Spring. In this magical immersion we discover the fantastical imagery of animals and other forest creatures. As a result of the encounters and challanges that Cic has to deal with, we have the chance to understand how individual decisions affect the entire meadow community. With each difficulty that Cic exceeds, with each experience lived through curiosity, friendships are bond. In this way the journey becomes a coming of age ritual.

The show has strong visual effects, and the whole artistic concept genuinely unifies the estethics of the puppetry along with the stage design, music and the actors’ play. The two worlds, that of actors and that of spectators are connected through short narratives told by three witty storytellers. Throughout their trickstery, they reveal the plot-changing elements of stage design and also animate the liminal space between the stage and the audience.

 

The Goat and Her Three Kids (RO)

Author: Ion Creangă
Script: Doina Dejica
Director: Doina Dejica
Scenography: Epaminonda Tiotiu
Music: Doina Dejica
Cast: Frunzina Anghel, Ionuț Constantinescu, Călin Mureșan, Angelica Pamfilie / Ramona Atănăsoaie, Adina Ungur

Premiere:
Duration: 45 min.
Recommended age: 4+

A beloved play of many generations, directed by Doina Dejica, is based on Ion Creangă’s well-known tale, The Goat and Her Three Kids. By maintaining the classic puppet show conventions, it is designed so that children can find and recognize all details of the popular tale. The puppet show adaptation of Ion Creangă’s tale, The Goat and Her Three Kids invokes real sentiments, real life situations and different character types in order to form an emotional and rational bond with the children.

Doina Dejica’s experience of a lifetime on the puppet theatre stage, Epaminonda Tiotiu’s scenography, the bi-ba-boo puppet handling technique, the actors’ interpretations, along with the musical background, all add up to a wonderful and valuable classic representation, full of liveliness and humour.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (RO)

Script and director: Traian Savinescu
Scenography: Traian Savinescu, Elena Ilaș
Puppet design: Andra Ștefan
Music: Traian Savinescu
Cast: Andreea Bolovan, Ionuț Constantinescu, Iulian Lungu, Andra Ștefan

Premiere: 5.02.2018
Duration: 55 min.
Recommended age: 5+

“Once upon a time, when camels had wings and snakes had humps…” – so begins the story of the wonderful Scheherazade, about Ali Baba’s adventures among the sandy desert dunes. Like in a dream, we enter an enchanted world in which caves hide unexpected treasures and true kindness and friendship always win the battle against evil.

Together with his friends, the young Morgana and Behar, the ram, Ali Baba manages to defeat no less than forty thieves and his endless kindness is rewarded with countless riches. Of course, his journey is hardly an easy one, as he must face tough challenges, sandstorms and many traps that lie ahead.

Aleodor the Emperor (RO)

Author: Petre Ispirescu
Script: Decebal Marin
Director: Decebal Marin
Scenography: Vlad Tănase
Music: Traian Păcurar
Cast: Andreea Bolovan, Ionuț Constantinescu, Iulia Dinescu, Robert Gutunoiu, Călin Mureșan, Angelica Pamfilie, Andra Ștefan
 
Premiere: 10.05.2016
Duration: 55 min.
Recommended age: 4+

Aleodor the Emperor, adapted and directed by Decebal Marin, maintains the general outline of the classic tale written by Petre Ispirescu. After the death of his father, Prince Aleodor disregards his advice not to enter the realm of the Half-Man-Riding-on-the-Half-of-a-Lame-Rabbit and embarks on a journey in search of Emperor Verdeș’s daughter. On his way though, he has to face several challenges in order to win the hand of the young princess in marriage.

If I Were King Matthias (HU)

Author: Ferencz Demeter
Director: Jenő Urmánczi
Scenography and puppets: Liviu Bora
Cast:Dorottya Balogh, Réka László, Szabolcs Domokos and Attila Ákos Okos

Recommended age: 4+
Premiere: February 14th 2015

“What if I were King Matthias? Or you? Could we have such sense of justice? What would today’s judges deserve? A gook king must also be able to forgive. You can be King Matthias too! That’s the truth!” Demeter Ferenc
After the death of king Matthias, several stories have spread about the country’s leader, also known as King Matthias the Just, for his wisdom and sense of justice. His exceptional character, his leadership skills and competence have been respected and remembered across the entire empire.
This play is the fusion of four tales: in only one day we can witness the siege of the Szabács fortress, from Tibrilit, Matthias’ jester we find out what we have most in this world, we meet the Huszár who’s in search of love and in the end, with the help of the children, we defeat the ruthless Judge too.

 

At the Behest of the Pike (HU)

Author: T. Tarakovski
Director: Balló Zoltán
Play renewer: Varga Ibolya
Scenography and puppets: Wallner Günter
Scenography and puppets renewer: Elena Ilaş, Florin Marin
Cast: Balogh Dorottya, Csortán Márton, Domokos Szabolcs, Giriti Réka, György László
Kötő Áron, Pünkösti Laura, Urmánczi Jenő
Poster: Săcară Florina
Recommended age: 3+
Premiere: 1988. Premiere of renewed play: January 28th 2017

At the Behest of the Pike is one of the best known Russian folk tales, the protagonist of which, Emelya the fearless is very much alike our Erős János (a Hungarian folk tale hero), since both are ready to leave behind the warmth of the stove and the comforting idleness when the moment comes, just to prove: he’s not from this world and knows no impossibilities. By following the Pike’s magic words, Emelya dresses her mother in exquisite furs, treats the forest animals, transforms the Russian winter into spring, makes the Neversmiling tzar princess laugh, then takes his happy bride back to his fancy forest cottage. He achieves all these playfully and effortlessly, while playing a tango harmonica – his spirits are never cast down by difficulties.

Our play is a classic puppet show, a perfect example for the conventional storytelling with puppets, in which the fundamental message of the tale, the purity of the narrative and the precise construction of characters are essential. The renewed play brings an homage to its creators: Balló Zoltán, director, actor and Wallner Günter, sculptor, scenographer who created the show in 1987 ̶ points out Varga Ibolya, the artistic director of the show.

I Am Pinocchio (HU)

Author: Carlo Collodi
Adaptation: Călin Mocanu
Director: Călin Mocanu
Assistant director: Paul Sarvadi
Scenography: Sandu Marian
Music: Dan Bălan
Cast: Dorottya Balogh, Szabolcs Domokos, Réka Giriti, Réka László, Attila Ákos Okos, Ildikó Patka, Jenő Urmánczi
Poster: Săcară Florina, Angéla Kalló

Recommended age: 4+
Premiere: 3rd of June 2017

The play adapted and directed by Călin Mocanu deviates at some points from the classic tale. The Fairy, having significant role in the play, is in fact a representation of a withdrawn mother, who is always there in times of trouble. Instead of poor old Gepetto, in this version we can see a renowned artist, whose masterpiece is Pinocchio himself, whom, in his turn – like all masterpieces – comes to life and starts living his own life. After some time, Pinocchio freely calls Gepetto his father.
This is not only the wonderful story of awakening to consciousness and coming to senses, but also introduces an aspect of independence, when a young life steps out from a sheltering and loving environment, starts testing his limits, while he also keeps learning about himself and discovering his place in this world.
“In a country where parents have low self-esteem, who are rather commanding than actively participating in the educational process of their children, we see a child in constant need of attention for whom we must increase our amount of designated time and awareness, whom we must carefully listen to (instead of just telling for ourselves) to truly understand his heartbeats. Seeing how our lives go by, how busy we all are, the options our schools, educational system and culture have to offer, the story I’m trying to tell has no aggression in it, I’m merely indicating the conflicts and the dangers that the child is facing” – acknowledges the director of the show.
The birth and transformation of Pinocchio is a miracle in itself, his adventures represent the symbolic journey of the development of a mature, mindful and responsible personality.

Dragon Works (HU)

Váróterem Projekt – Puck Puppet Theatre

Director: Levente Imecs-Magdó
Dramaturg and music: Johanna Bertóti
Puppets: Andrea Kürti
Costumes: Anna Kupás
Cast: Zsolt Csepei, Réka László, Emőke Pál, Maya Sebők, Tímea Udvari
Technician: Júlia Sipos
Poster: Orsolya Rend

Recommended age: 7+
Premiere: October 30th 2017

The three daughters of the emperor wake up in a dark room in an unknown place. Someone must have sent a dense slumber-breeze over them and – hang on! – kidnapped them. The three princesses soon discover that they are imprisoned with the Yummy Mummy, who is confident that his knight will soon save her from captivity. You must have guessed by now that the kidnapper is no other than the dragon. So the girls deploy all their forces, knowledge and intuition to find the key of salvation.
The performance, which includes a wide range of puppetry techniques, is based on the tales written with brilliant imagination by 3-7th graders for the fairy tale writing contest entitled Heroes and heroines.

The Fearless Mouse (HU)

Apropo Association – Puck Puppet Theatre
Author: Grimm brothers
Adapted by: Ferencz Demeter
Director: Jenő Urmánczi
Scenography, puppets, graphic design: Tünde Tomos
Music: Domokos Előd
Cast: Balogh Dorottya, Domokos Szabolcs, László Réka, Takács Enikő (m.v.)
Poster: Tünde Tomos, Angéla Kalló

Recommended age: 5+
Premiere: December 9th 2017

In the world of mice, just like in ours, courage has a vital role, but at the same time fear itself is just as important, for the ones who are irresponsibly daring or reckless can easily get into trouble. “A mouse cannot be fearless” – is often told to Elemér, the Skinny Field Mouse, the protagonist of the story, who distinguishes himself from other mice by his bravery complemented with wit and resourcefulness. His reward will be no less than princess Cincinella, the daughter of Louis Albino the XIIIth. The path leading to her, however, is adventurous and perilous, because first he has to fight the Hairy Flittermouse, has to win Sir Marten the Grey’s trust and has to trick Mutsifer and Cutsifer.
The responsibility taken for others makes you mindful and reveals your own limits. Elemér, the Skinny Field Mouse recognizes fear only when his loved one gets into trouble, but his courage will become exemplary to the residents of the Attic.
“A glove puppetry performance can be highly challenging even for experimented puppeteers: several characters and accessories, playing with both hands and the unconventional height of the puppet stage make the task a lot more difficult” – claims the director of the show, but he trusts in the actors and hopes that the audience will receive the play with delight.