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“Huddersfield” – the dorm for the lost young generation

17.07.2019

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The Zagreb Youth Theater from Croatia last night, within the framework of the drama program of the Ohrid Summer Festival, performed the theater performance “Huddersfield” by Uglješa Šajtinec directed by Rene Medvesek.

The play has set the dark and very touching story of reality for a thirty-year-old generation that hardly leaves behind the effects of the war and sees no better future. In such circumstances, at a time of complete decay of moral and material values, even the rainy Yorkshire suburb seems like a promised land.

One of the most perspective young Balkan actors Dado Čosić plays the leading role in the play, the image of Rác, a frustrated young man who returns to his native Karlovac and kills his days without doing anything except drinking alcohol, quarrels with his father and superficial love relationship with juvenile neighbor.
-Each of us has someone to leave. For example, my mother, who is a member of the middle generation, left. But many young people bully their native countries in search of something better, something more beautiful.

“Huddersfield”, in my opinion, is actually an idea of ​​staying at home for some perspective. In the whole of the scum and the ground that is grounded in the play, somewhere in the end there is some bright prospect, and in the end, that meeting that could happen if we who we are still insist on. Changes go from ourselves, and only this way we can change the world, the theater and everything else, says Cosic.

The drama ends so that all the heroes in a series of long and painful situations and conversations gather at the table.
There are seven actors in “Huddersfield”, two of whom, Philip Nola and Damir Shaban, are dancing in the theater, while the rest, Dao Cosic, Adrian Pezric, Mateo Vick, Bernard Tomic and Tina Orlandini are young actors.

The Zagreb Youth Theater is a prominent theater that is well known and recognized outside Croatia’s borders. It was founded in 1948, first as a Pioneer Theater, and in 1967 it gets its current name.

Contemporary Serbian playwright Uglješa Šajtinec has won many awards including the European Prize for Literature, and the Sterry Prize for Huddersfield in 2005. This play was also set in the Yugoslav Dramatic Theater in Belgrade, where with its ten years of existence and repertoire, it gained cult status.