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Little Red Ridding Hood

National Theater Užice, Serbia

Little Red Riding Hood, Aleksandar Popović

directed by: Milan Nešković
dramaturg: Milivoje Mlađenović
set design: Nikola Nikolić
costume design: Snežana Kovačević
composer: Miroljub Arandjelović Rasinski

cast: Tijana Karaičić, Danica Ljubičić, Tanja Jovanović, Goran Šmakić, Igor Bojević

duration: 60 min

age group: 7+


About the production

The basic meaning of the Aleksandar Popović’s children’s drama Little Red Riding Hood does not differ much from the meaning and the idea of the classic fairytale. It deals with the overcoming of psychological problems of growing up and the capability of leaving the dependence of childhood. The basic idea of the Little Red Riding Hood drama is that many troubles that happen to us in life actually come from ignorance.


About the theater

The National Theater Užice was founded on August 10, 1945, as the District national theater, following a decision of the Serbian Education Ministry. The first premiere took place on September 4, 1945, staging Nušić’s Cabinet Minister’s Wife, directed by Obrad Nedović. The Theater began its work at the Hawk hall. In 1948 The National Theater Titovo Užice moved to Filkin Movie Theater, on the main street. With the reconstruction of the main square, the Partizan Square, the Theater got its new building, which together with the entire new square presented a new urban identity of the city. The project was designed by architect Mandić. The new building was opened in 1967. Founder of the National Theater Užice is the Užice Municipality, and even today it is the only professional theater on the territory of southwestern Serbia, a territory historically known as the Užice Region. By the 2007/08 Season, the Theater had 501 premiere productions.

The National Theater Užice became a theatrical phenomenon: being far away from a metropolis, in not very comfortable technical and financial conditions, and without great media attention, it creates a large theater “bowwow”, both national and European. The latest success of the ensemble achieved on the 39th Theater Biennale in Venice, as the first Serbian theater to take part in this prestigious European festival, is not a result of chance, or beginner’s luck, but a result of great experience, hard work and desire to examine the potentials and “aerate” its own stage. The success is even greater, having in mind that this theater found the way to compare itself with others, and even more so as we are in this time of transition that does not nurture culture and art very much. Being the only one is not that valuable, as it is very important to prove oneself outside the one’s own backyard. This also proves the old proverb that provincialism is a state of mind, and not the amount of kilometers to be taken to reach a metropolis.