22 october 2021



Rehearsals of Alice in Fearland by Eva Mahkovic, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, have started at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. The cast includes Milena Radulović as Alice, Milan Marić, Nebojša Ljubišić, Radovan Vujović, Sloboda Mićalović, Jovana Belović, Tamara Šustić, Iva Stefanović and Denis Murić. Set design by Numen (Sven Jonke), costume design by Mia Popovska with Ljiljana Mrkić Popović in charge of speech coaching.

Eva Mahkovic, the author of the play scheduled to première on our Ljuba Tadić stage in December works as a dramaturgue at the Ljubljana City Theatre. Her first work, the novel For Days Like This There’s Mastercard, became a best-seller in Slovenia and took part in the European Festival of the First Novel in Kiel (Germany).

The play Alice in Fearland of was inspired by episodes from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. When she was a girl, Alice believed that six impossible things may happen before breakfast. Now, she is a big girl in her thirties. She is supposed to have a career, a family. She should have become successful, stable and grown-up. What she does have is a new therapist and together they travel around her head. When she was a girl, there were wonders all around her – caterpillars smoking hookahs, talking cards, grinning cats, tea and cakes, hysterical birds. This was a world where new excitements awaited at every step, a world of possibilities for endless wonders. Now, it is a land full of doubts and fears. And yet, there is still a chance of a miracle….

The director and artistic director of the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor Aleksandar Popovski has directed a number of productions at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre such as Candide, Or Optimism based on Voltaire, Metamorphoses based on Ovid and Hamlet by Shakespeare.