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Rent a Friend


Kazalište Trešnja, Croatia


“Rent a Friend”, Saša Božić i Dora Ruždjak Podolski


directed by: Anja Suša

set design: Siniša Ilić

costume disign: Maja Mirković

assistant costume designer: Petra Popadić

assistant for the stage movement: Ksenija Zec

lights design: Zvonko Brnas

music: Damir Simunović

composer’s assistant: Matija Antolić


cast: Daria Knez Rukavina, Radovan Ruždjak, Rakan Rushaidat, Aleksandra Naumov, Ivana Bakarić, Tvrtko Jurić, Matija Antolić


duration: 75 min

age group: 12+



About the production


With its play Rent a friend, the Tresnja Theater turns a new page by opening to a responsible theater research in the field of theater for young people, about the young people and with them. For these purposes, Tresnja started the annual competition for drama texts for the young people, and its first winner is Rent a friend, by Dora Ruzdjak Podolski and Sasa Bozic, and directed by guest director from Belgrade, Anja Susa.

Rent a friend also turns new pages in the theater letter for the young; this is not just a text that speaks up about the internet communication; it is also a text completely created in the chat room, i.e. in a virtual surrounding.

Most stories on adolescents and the Internet outline the realistic dangers of cyber-bullying, online thefts and vulnerable kids.

Other risks?

Teenagers themselves.

Many of them spend time online, sending emails, text messages, downloading music, updating their Facebook profiles, playing online games, shopping or gambling on the net.

And even though the Internet mostly has positive influences on the society, its use raises diverse questions on privacy, security, pornography, cybercrime in the virtual community. On the net, kids are free to view and to become whatever they want and communicate with whomever they choose. The Internet of course serves as a catalyst of communication, but it also encourages false identities and wrong pictures of real life situations.





About the Theatre


At the location of today’s Trešnja Theater, back in 1954, there was the Pioneer Amateur Theater. After more than three hundred performances, it transforms into a professional theater in 1969, and changes its name to Trešnjevka Small Theater. This meant cooperation with the greatest names of the Croatian acting scene and exceptional directors. About ten years later, it gave life to the constant acting ensemble, and the crew of technical associates kept on growing. In the beginning of 1980s, the theater gets its current name, the Trešnja Theater, and besides plays for children, it also develops the evening stage. In 1999, at the same location, the Trešnja gets a new, bigger building, and today is one of the most special constructions in Zagreb. Each theater season, following a careful selection of titles and directors, gives life to new plays, with an educational-upbringing role, but also with a mission to cheer up children’s everyday routine, and encourage imagination and creativity. The Trešnja ensemble includes the most wanted actors in Croatia, and the plays are made by the exceptional artists such as Dora Ruždjak Podolski and Rene Medvešek. The play “Beauty and the Beast” achieved inconceivable success with the audience and the critique, and broke all viewer records in various world metropolises. It won six acting awards in different categories. Musicals “Beauty and the Beast” and “Every Dog has its Day” directed by Dora Ruždjak Podolski, and plays “Oliver Twist” and “No, Friends” directed by Rene Medvešek again open the doors to the adult visitors.