Director: Tamara Damjanović
Dramatization: Nina Bajsić and Tamara Damjanović
Dramaturge: Nina Bajsić
Stage Design: Dinka Jeričević
Costume Design: Marita Ćopo
Music: Katarina Ranković
Sound Effects: Nenad Kovačić
Song Lyrics: Tamara Damjanović
Choreographer: Nikolina Medak
Lighting Design: Zdravko Stolnik
Language Advisor: Damir Karakaš
Stage Design Assistant: Irena Kraljić
Artwork: Marina Marić and Damir Medvešek
Production’s Visual Identity: Vanja Cuculić / Studio Cuculić
Photography: Jasenko Rasol

Cast:

The Boy: Filip Križan
The Father: Darko Milas
The Mother: Ivana Bolanča
The Grandmother: Ana Kvrgić
The Sister: Tena Nemet Brankov
Nenad: Igor Kovač
Pejo: Amar Bukvić
Marina: Anja Đurinović Rakočević
Teacher Vahida; Granny Vuna; Aunt from Zagreb: Barbara Nola
Ranger; Zlatko the Vet; YNA Soldier 1; Ustasha 1: Enes Vejzović
Grandpa Pave; Man from the City or An Apparition; the Doctor; YNA Soldier 2; Ustasha 2: Janko Rakoš

Stage Manager: Snježana Majdak
Prompter: Marina Fakac

First rehearsal: November 27th, 2017
Opening Night: January 31st, 2018

The critics referred to ‘’Memory of a Forest’’ as a ‘’little, big book’’ and ‘’a powerful, stripped down, brutal prose where language is a blurred manifestation. This is a story about growing up in Karakaš’s vision of the mountainous Lika region, where emotions are suppressed and where being different is not easy. The hero of the story is a sensitive boy with a heart condition who finds himself in a series of events which are bitter, funny, thrilling miniatures of exceptional warmth and authenticity. Veterinarians, fortune tellers, petty thieves, grumpy grandfathers and caring mothers, the father as the embodiment of the undeniable patriarch, and animals everywhere, a picturesque bestiary in the eye of the storyteller as suggestive as the world of humans; all of them are emerging out of a void where no salt can be found in the breath of the sea it feels, except in the hair of the freest. To stage such a material is a challenging and imaginative feat and Tamara Damjanović and Nina Bajsić are two authors who approach this text as a pulsating flesh ready to be built on...

The novel ‘’Memory of a Forest’’ is the winner of the ‘’Kočićevo pero’’ Award as well as the first Fric Award, which was set up last year by Express Magazine for the best not translated prose.

‘’There were people crying at the dress rehearsal on Tuesday, yet there were also those who were laughing out loud. Karakaš is profoundly true, humane and political.’’ (Boris Rašeta, 24express)

‘’A powerful depiction of a family and growing up in a rough village in the Lika region ...in adapting the novel by Damir Karakaš, based on emotions and poetic notes, the director Tamara Damjanović and the dramaturge Nina Bajsić opted for the speech of sound and the language of movement as the crucial theatrical tools in staging the story.’’ (Nina Ožegović, T-portal)

‘’The exceptionally well-tuned cast, which was rewarded by the audience with an enthusiastic applause, is led by the young Filip Križan in the role of the Boy. Darko Milas persuasively portrayed the character of the Father, but credit must go to other members of the cast as well for the superb portrayals of their characters...’’ (Mirela Drkulec Miletić, Zagrebački list)

‘’The harsh world of the novel is staged in an almost fairy-tale-like manner. The production is on the whole impressive. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth in a country where violence towards the weak is often ‘’a private matter’’... The lead role of the Boy is brilliantly played by Filip Križan. (...) A key scene in the play was performed by Ivana Bolanča and Darko Milas.’’ (Bojana Radović, Večernji list)

‘’The theatrical version of the ‘’Memory of a Forest’’ has an almost tangible intensity of a true emotional roller-coaster.’’ (Gea Vlahović, 24express)

‘’Darko Milas steals the show. Long after you’ve watched the play, you will ponder his performance. His portrayal of the patriarchal, abusive father is three-dimensional and profoundly humane.’’ (Snježana Pavić, Globus)