Children play in an old abandoned textile factory. Ropes, fabrics, threads, lamps and shadows become their toys. They tell each other stories and imagine a world where the factory is reopened and their parents have to go back to work. The only way for that to happen in the real world is to persuade the emperor to reopen the factory. But maybe there’s another way: deception.

The original puppetry performance is an adaptation of the world-famous Hans Christian Andersen story. This is not only an exciting play, but also serves to introduce children to the topics defining the modern world: politics, consumerism, globalisation and the fight for a better life. The story tries to entertain the children while contemplating on the world in which they are growing up.

Based on the story by H. C. Andersen

  • Director: Zoran Petrovič
  • Art designers: Toni Soprano, Monika Pocrnjić
  • Dramaturge: Marek Turošík
  • Reviewer: Metka Damjan
  • Costume designer and author of the videos: Toni Soprano
  • Music: Josip Maršić
  • Light design: Toni Soprano, Andrej Firm
  • Master of light and video: Andrej Firm
  • Master of sound: Jure Auguštiner
  • Puppet design: Monika Pocrnjić, Toni Soprano
  • Set design: Lucijan Jošt, Branko Caserman, Nina Šabeder, Toni Soprano, Monika Pocrnjić
  • Cast: Uroš Kaurin, Tilen Kožamelj k. g.
  • Age: 6+
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Language: in croatian


In the autumn of 2010, Maribor Puppet Theatre moved to the renovated building of the Minorite monastery on Lent, which enabled thetheatre to fully integrate and expand the program due to the luxury of the beautiful space and the state-of-the-art theatre equipment. The season consists of six premieres, connected in a conceptual whole with a deliberately designed age key, which, in addition to our favourite and most numerou sviewers - children – also addresses young people and adults. The repertoire emphasizes there search of puppe tmedia and the inclusion of classical puppet technologies on the one hand and contemporary puppet approaches on the other. Along side regular reproductions, LGM offers a comprehensive set of additional pedagogical content and performs innovative research-oriented projects. Since 1988, LGM has been organizing the popular international puppetry festival Summer Puppet Port and has been providing a quality platform for the Slovenian Puppet Biennale, the central state puppet festival, since 2001. At LGM, they want to create an attractive and modern puppetry centre which, through creative imagination, understanding of the puppet arts and good organization of additional content, deliberately and sensibly addresses viewers of all ages and complexities.

Lutkovno gledališče Maribor
Vojašniški trg 1a
2000 Maribor, Slovenija/Slovenia
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Rijeka City Puppet Theatre was founded in 1960 by the City of Rijeka.

Their main activity is creating, producing and distributing puppet shows for the youngest audiences, but the theatre creates programmes for all ages. It has a diverse repertoire open to other theatre media and it also puts on plays with combined techniques in cooperation with the children's drama theatre, narrative theatre, interactive programmes for the youngest, workshops and educational programmes and projects. The quality of their artistic work has been reflected in a total of 150 awards given to the theatre and its artists and collaborators. In just the past two years (2018 and 2019), they received 40 professional and audience awards. With its performances, the Theatre promotes its work and culture throughout Croatia and abroad and it participated in many regional and foreign festivals, even on other continents.

Gradsko kazalište lutaka Rijeka
Blaža Polića 6
51000 Rijeka
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