Big town

Big town

Although this title is well-known to everyone from the famous drama series, we have decided to give it a chance in a new theatrical reading.
Unburdened by the characters from the series and their famous interpreters, this play will rush to the challenge of showing a new, theatrically told Big Town (orig. Velo Misto).
There are numerous reasons for this. Smoje, as an anthological author, deserves his place in our drama repertoire, especially with his now legendary humor related to the Dalmatian mentality. Considering that, in terms of the number of Dalmatians, Zagreb is the second-largest Dalmatian city after Split, the choice of this play seems like a logical debt to such a type of comedy that has not been present on the boards of our theater for a long time.
The other reasons are even more apparent: the timelessness and symbolism of the plot, brilliant characterization of characters, and sharp dialogues.
The play's main character is the city of Split - but we follow it through the eyes of a whole series of characters who, although belonging to different political and social contexts, exist in a mental constant. Despite the change of six different authorities, six different flags, the city and its people remain the same, not allowing themselves to be subjugated.
The play is set mainly in 1936 when a sense of significant disorder and constant change rules the city. Everyone seems to think there will never be a war, yet everything seems like it could start at any moment. Through the chaos of pre-war inflation, Russian immigrants, smuggling, the emigration of young people to America, food queues, the transfer of Ustashe to Italy, and communists to international brigades in Spain, our characters meet in impossible combinations and help each other without any assumption of what will happen in just a few years.
That's why we will laugh, but our laughter will be tragic. In the audience, we know precisely in which direction our characters are going.
Humor that carries life. It is a play about the survival of life itself. Big Town is an apotheosis of the fact that every politics is a form of oppression resisted by life, a life that refuses to be shaped by it and survives and outlives every political context with humor. Because people and their mentality remain, and politics are transient. The city remembers life, and is the life.

Directed and adapted by

Marina Pejnović

Assistant director

Patrik Sečen

Set Design

Liberta Mišan

Costume Design

Petra Pavičić


Dejan Jakovljević

Composer and Sound Designer

Vid Adam Hribar

Light Design

Elvis Butković

Assistant Costume Designer

Eva Karakaš Bedrina

Language advisor

Joško Ševo

Stage Manager

Dijana Dajčić


Stela Žingerlin

Narrator / Bakalar

Vinko Kraljević


Damir Lončar


Ivan Čuić


Ognjen Milovanović


Vanda Winter


Ivan Glowatzky


Marin Klišmanić


Dajana Čuljak


Ana Magud


Ivan Magud


Filip Juričić


Nera Stipičević

Rico / Police Officer

Adnan Prohić


Davor Svedružić

Netjak / Man from the Municipality / Priest

Goran Malus

Picaferaj / Nino

Saša Buneta

Dr. Vice

Željko Duvnjak

Professor / Stojan / Mićo

Zlatko Ožbolt

Grandma Marta / Mare Mulica /Marjeta’s mother / Duje’s mother / Peasant woman

Jasna Palić Picukarić

Also starring

Memebers of the “Komedija” Theatre Choir: Aleta Arbanas Rendulić, Kristina Habuš, Dora Masle, Tea Nuić, Irena Raduka, Dino Antonić, Boris Barberić, Dario Došlić, Božidar Peričić, Zoran Simikić i Matija Škovrc

Voice i video narrator

Dražen Bratulić