The famous goat trial of Višnja Gora
Celje City Theatre
For young audiences
|05.04.2022||at 17:00||Prešeren Theatre Kranj, hall|
Stage adaptation by: Tatjana Doma, Luka Marcen
Songwriter: Saša Eržen
Director: Luka Marcen
Dramaturg Tatjana Doma
Set Designer: Sara Slivnik
Costume Designer: Ana Janc
Composer and Vocal Coach: Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar
Choreographer: Aja Zupanec
Lighting Designer: Andrej Hajdinjak
Language Consultants: Jože Volk, Živa Čebulj
Assistant to Choreographer: Lara Ekar Grlj
Designer and Manufacturer of goat heads: Gregor Lorenci
Filip Mramor / Damjan M. Trbovc
Žan Brelih Hatunić
About the event
Human foolishness, narrow-mindedness and delusions have not changed to this day.
Josip Jurčič (1844-1881), a Slovenian writer, storyteller and journalist was born into a poor peasant family. His maternal grandfather, Jože Jankovič, roused his interest in literature and storytelling. He used to tell him fairy tales and fables of Slovenian folklore featuring witches and ghosts, stories from the time of the Turkish raids, about smugglers and contrabandists, and about the monks of the Stična Cistercian monastery, thus stirring his grandson's imagination and prompting his
One afternoon in a forest, Lukež Drnulja is secretly gathering leaves for his goat Lisec. Meanwhile, the goat escapes from the confines of his own home, and the dogs and children who are always pestering him, and hides behind the garden fence of Andraž Slamorezec. The goat’s alleged intrusion into the beautiful vegetable garden sparks a quarrel between Drnulja and Slamorezec, leading to the famous goal trial. The ensuing and complicated lawsuit instigates a conflict between the villagers and divides them into two camps – those for and against the goat. In the courtroom, the secrets of the townspeople are gradually uncovered, as well as many other resentments and feuds that affect their relations.
The satirical humorous tale of The Famous Goat Trial of Višnja Gora explores in a very witty way small community relations, bribery, feuds, conniving and self-interest. It penetrates to the very core of individual characters and the dynamics of a close-knit community. This makes it relevant even today, since human foolishness, narrow-mindedness and delusions have not changed to this day. Jurčič truly erected a monument to human stupidity, arrogance, narrow-mindedness and primal vindictiveness. Nonetheless, he managed to portray human flaws in an amusing and positive tone, so that the story of human shortcomings makes us laugh and feel good. Even today, in disputes, people are often too quick to seek justice in court. A frank conversation, good humour, a desire to maintain good relations with friends, relatives or neighbours would save them a lot of money, time and trouble if they could only listen to their fellow human beings. In arguments and misunderstandings, one should talk, not sue.
The new stage adaptation of this fine tale from ancient history deals with the reconstruction of memory and a story, being constantly changed and turned upside down, presenting the same event from different angles, as new scraps of information keep transpiring. What is a lie and what is a truth? Who is one to believe if everyone is lying? The courtroom thus becomes a theatre, a circus and a cabaret, in which the "wise men" of Višnja gora present their views. What if the goat himself stepped forward and told his side of the story?
"Nevertheless, the entire family can see the play: the kids will enjoy the visually rich set and acting bravados, while the older members will laugh at all the nonsense on the stage, which is not unlike the nonsense we produce on a daily basis."
(Kaja Novosel, Kritika, 11 October 2021)
The production is 1 hour and 10 minutes long and has no interval.