The Summer Book

TRAJANJE: 60 min Author: Tove Jansson
Redateljica: Nadežda Perišić Radović
Premiere: 27 March 2021

Tove Jansson is a Finnish author and artist. She spent part of her life on a tiny solitary island in the middle of the Gulf of Finland and set the plot of The Summer Book on another tiny island. Yet in our play it is all but tiny. This is where adventures take place, day in, day out, where Sophia and her grandma play games, have their rituals, take care of the island as they explore it, build new little Venices. This is where impostors embark, and terrible storms come and go. The Summer Book is a story about two anti-heroines who – instead of embarking on a single life-changing journey – take small trips with each new game they invent and learn about themselves and each other step by step each day. In these games and everyday trips they always keep an ear to nature, to the woods, the sea and the birds, which become signposts in their lives. In the times we live in right now, The Summer Book is a gorgeous reminder of our long playful summers and childish matters of heart, which should not be taken lightly. Instead, like Sophia’s grandma, we should give them our full attention and time.

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Nikša Butijer / Vedran Živolić: Otac

Nika Barišić / Jana Slamnig: Sophia

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Adaptation and dramaturgy: Nadežda Perišić Radović & Ivana Vuković
Translation: Željka Černok
Director: Nadežda Perišić Radović
Set designer: Jasmin Telalović
Video projections: Dalibor Barić
Costume designer: Barbara Prpić
Composer: Viktor Slamnig
Scenic movement: Dina Ekštajn
Lighting designer: Saša Bogojević
Sound designer: Miroslav Piškulić
Illustrations: Pjer and Mara Meničanin
Assistant directors: Nikša Butijer and Patrik Sečen
Language advisor: Ines Carović
Stage manager: Milica Sinkauz