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Five Boys

Malo pozorište „Duško Radović“, Serbia


Five Boys, Simona Semenič


directed by: Ana Grigorović

dramaturg: Milena Bogavac

costumes: Snežana Veljković

set design: Filip Jevtić

music associates: Filip Jevtić i Attila Antal

stage movement: Marija Milenković


cast: Marijana Vićentijević Badovinac, Vladislava Đorđević/Dubravka Kovjanić, Jelena Ilić, Dušica Sinobad, Ana Marković


duration: 60 min

target group: 14+


About the production


Drama was written during a workshop of the 53rd Sterijino pozorje in 2008 (one of the most important theatre festivals in Serbia). A year later, this play by Simona Semenič was awarded with the Grum Award, the most prestigious award in Slovenia for a national drama text.

Five just regular boys. One just usual afternoon.

The basic element of children’s games, played by the boys in this drama, examines the current social issues, i.e. deals with the issue of violence. The five boys are played by actresses, under direct request from the author of the drama.

The games played by the boys are brought to the level of a metaphor for our violence-determined society and the relationships of power established in it.

The five actresses present us four, at first sight harmless games of five boys, sketching the genesis of violence.

“At the moment when the world is shook by lies, the five boys are telling us the truth.” (Simona Semenič)


About the theatre


Little Theatre „Dusko Radovic“ was founded on May 27, 1948 as the Puppetry Theatre of the National Republic of Serbia, and had its first premiere, „Cinderella“, directed by Predrag Dinulovic, on October 23, 1943 at the Palas Hotel.

During its existence, the theatre has gone through various periods and its name has changed. After the death of our great poet Dusko Radovic, the theatre becomes Little Theatre Dusko Radovic on the Day of the Theatre, October 23, 1984.

Little Theatre Dusko Radovic is one of the best known and most acclaimed children’s theatres in Serbia, with repertory consisting of productions intended for both children and young people in general.

The fundamental programme concept of this theatre relates to projects whose contents address subjects of educational, social and primarily urban character. By introducing the terms such as human rights, tolerance (between religions, ethnicities and cultures), the right to difference, acknowledging and respecting differences, into the vocabulary of young people from Belgrade who are theatre’s audience, we are trying to contribute to culturological links between children of various nationalities living in Serbia and point them to further development of variety and tolerance, as guaranties for future stability of modern Serbia that is a multiethnic and multi-denominational state.

Our audiences are children who spent a significant part of their childhood in an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance for all differences and we face a task of responsibly teaching them about the fundamental notions on which a serious civil society should rely, a society that, we believe, ours will become one day.