THE ELEPHANT WHO STOLE MUSIC, Split Puppet Theatre, Croatia (3+)

September 21, 2022
Travno Cultural Centre venue

Program description:

Wednesday, September 21st; 11.00 h; Cultural Centre Travno venue; 3+; 40 minutes; in Croatian

Intonation is a songful kingdom where King Solo and Queen Aria reign. Each year the king and queen organize a music festival in which the best singers and musicians from around the world compete for the prestigious award “The Golden Chord”. Wizard Mandolini is an honorary member of the jury and the only person in the kingdom who doesn’t know how to sing or play an instrument. When he doesn’t get an invitation to this year’s festival, the angry wizard decides to destroy it. The night before the finale, his helper the Elephant steals rhythm and tune from everybody in the kingdom using his special method. What will happen with the Golden Chord Festival, will tradition be destroyed and will the whole kingdom be thrown into despair? You will find out in the intense finale of this exciting and melodic puppet show.


The first premiere of the first professional Croatian puppet theatre was an adaptation of the contemporary Russian story The Icy Hill, on 2 August 1945.

Since its foundation, the Split City Puppet Theatre has had a consistent repertoire policy based on the staging of national and world literary heritage and the promotion of recent Croatian and foreign drama for children.

In its productions, the theatre questions the world in which children live today and tries to establish communication from the stage with each and every child in the audience.

The Split City Puppet Theatre stages three to four puppetry and children’s theatre premieres for children between the ages of 3 and 10 annually and also reprises around 10 plays every season. More than 300 performances are seen by more than 40,000 children every year. In 2008, Split puppeteers presented their own and other Croatian children’s theatre performances in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Iran, Egypt, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia. The theatre has a large collection of professional accolades and awards received at numerous foreign and domestic festivals.

The City Puppet Theatre is focused on promoting domestic drama for children and is the organiser of the Croatian Dramatic Writing Festival for Children Mali Marulić. In addition to Croatian authors, the theatre also stages classics from around the world in dramatic and puppetry form, as well as performances for adults that deal with the challenges of raising children and young adults and them growing up.


Author and director: Siniša Novković
Set, costume and puppet design: Luka Duplančić
Music: Tomislav Topić
Stage manager: Željana Cvitanović
Puppet design assistant: Danira Matošić
Cast: Sanja Vidan, Ivan Medić, Branimir Rakić, Justina Vojaković-Fingler, Franjo Đaković, Milana Buzolić-Vučica, Milena Blažanović, Andrea Majica


September 21, 2022
Travno Cultural Centre venue