We will make a propper translation of the whole sight in the fall. For the begining here are some information on the theatre.
“The Snail” is a professional full time repertory theatre; entirely dedicated to stage productions for children. Private donors and the City of Belgrade financially support the theatre. Each season some twenty different titles are on the run, but the theatre doesn't have a permanently employed artistic ensemble, but instead authors and performers are contracted as required. “The Snail” is not a puppet theatre, except for occasional use of Grand Guignol puppets. Most of the stage productions are modernized and adapted classic fairy tales, such as Snow-white, Cinderella, Pinocchio and Little Red Riding Hood, although the repertoire also includes original pieces, both musical and interactive performances.
The theatre is called “The Snail” because it carries its “house” and feels at home, wherever it goes. Performance/shows are given in house at weekends, and on the road during the weekdays.
The target audience is children 4 to 10 years old, but as the tickets are on general sale on weekends, each performance contains something interesting for parents as well. That is why the theatre's slogan is “We perform exclusively for children and adults”.
Over the last few years the “The Snail” has received numerous awards. Just to mention those from the leading national festival: The Yugoslav Festival of Theatres for Children in Kotor. “The Snail” has participated 9 times and received a total of 31 prizes. Three times it was awarded the Grand Prix of the Festival and five times the prize from the judges of the children's panel.
“The Snail” theatre was established in 1977. by Branislav (Branko) Milicevic , actor, singer, song writer, playwright, and his wife Slobodanka (Caca) Aleksic , producer and director. They are both graduates of the University of Belgrade, School of Theatrical Arts. They have had successfull careers in adult theatre prior to establishing “The Snail”. Their most notable productions were Tom Paine (Paul Foster), Prometheus Bound (Aeshylusl) and Hamlet (Shakespeare). Hamlet was produced in 1971 and in only three years it participated in ten international festivals, as far apart as Iran and Mexico (including New York, Paris, etc.)
In 1975, on Belgrade TV (Channel 1), Branko started the children TV series called “A Cube, The Cube, The Cubelet”. Over the next twenty years, 250 productions were shown. In 1979, the series won the first prize at the Educational TV Festival in Japan.
In their work for children, Branko and Caca have been awarded numerous prizes for directing, screenplays and acting. In 2000. Caca was awarded the prestigious Yugoslavian bi-annual “Bojan Stupica” award for directing “The Naughty Princess”.
The Naughty Princess is the performance intentionally designed for touring abroad. There is very little spoken text so this makes it achievable for the cast to perform in literally any language of the world. More about it on the page Poliglota.