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Kobo Abe

Friends

Original title: Tomodachi

First Slovene Production

Director

Mateja Koležnik

Opening night

13 December 2013
Small Stage

Duration:

85 minutes

An escape from the outside world is one of the goals for which many of Abe’s protagonists have aimed in his fiction, but in one particularly successful play Abe examined the consequences of that outside world’s invasion of an individual’s private space. The play is, of course, “Tomodachi,” (fi rst staged in 1967 by the Seinen-za, direction by Narise Atsuhiko) and the differences between it and the earlier incarnation of its basic story, as contained within the novella “Chinnyûsha” (1952, “The Intruders”) demonstrate clearly the possible variations of emphasis and perspective between dramatic works and those for the page. The story of either version is simply told: one evening a family of strangers bursts in to the apartment of a fellow who enjoys his solitude. The family has come to save him from his loneliness. The man resists their forced companionship but is unable to remove the intruders from his apartment. In the end, he dies, a victim to their aggressive communality.
Timothy Iles

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Iztok Ilc

Drama Igralec: Iztok Ilc | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Mojca Kranjc

Drama Igralec: Mojca Kranjc | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Marko Japelj

Drama Igralec: Marko Japelj | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Alan Hranitelj

Drama Igralec: Alan Hranitelj | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar

Drama Igralec: Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar | odpri ustvarjalca

STAGE MOVEMENT ADVISOR

Matija Ferlin

Drama Igralec: Matija Ferlin | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Arko

Drama Igralec: Arko | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Pascal Mérat

Drama Igralec: Pascal Mérat | odpri ustvarjalca

COACH

Mojca Lavrenčič

Drama Igralec: Mojca Lavrenčič | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Vanja PlutDrama Igralec: Vanja Plut | odpri igralca

Fiancée

Tadej Pišek/Klemen JanežičDrama Igralec: Klemen Janežič | odpri igralca

Fiancée’s brother

Katja Levstik/Andrej Nahtigal

Grandmother / Grandfather

Ivo BanDrama Igralec: Ivo Ban | odpri igralca

Father

Uroš FürstDrama Igralec: Uroš Fürst | odpri igralca

Elder son

Klemen Slakonja

Younger son

Saša MihelčičDrama Igralec: Saša Mihelčič | odpri igralca

Eldest daughter

Maša DergancDrama Igralec: Maša Derganc | odpri igralca

Middle daughter

Iva BabićDrama Igralec: Iva Babić | odpri igralca

Youngest daughter

Vojko ZidarDrama Igralec: Vojko Zidar | odpri igralca

Middle-aged policeman

Tadej Pišek/Klemen JanežičDrama Igralec: Klemen Janežič | odpri igralca

Young policeman

Awards

Mateja Koležnik – Borštnik Award for Directing

Festivals

2014

49th Maribor Theatre Festival

Sponsor

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