2022/2023 — Season 67
Duncan Macmillan

People, Places & Things

Directed by: Matjaž Pograjc
Première: 22. 4. 2023
Wednesday / 21 Jun / 19:30 / Upper hall / Buy ticket
Friday / 23 Jun / 19:30 / Upper hall / Buy ticket
  • Translation: Andrej E. Skubic
  • Dramaturgy: Evelin Bizjak
  • Assistant dramaturg: Helena Šukljan
  • Set design: Miloš Narobe
  • Set designer assistant: Sandi Mikluž
  • Costume design: Neli Štrukelj
  • Costume design assistant: Estera Lovrec
  • Visual concept and puppets design: Barbara Bulatović
  • Puppetry workshop and animation: Brane Vižintin
  • Choreography: Branko Potočan
  • Language consultant: Mateja Dermelj
  • Lighting design: Matjaž Brišar
  • Sound design: Marijan Sajovic
  • Make-up artist: Nathalie Horvat
  • Assistant director: Mitja Lovše
  • Hospitantka: Amber Buck-Burrows
  • Stage manager: Liam Hlede

Puppetry technology: Aleksander Andželović, Barbara Bulatović and Mitja Ritmanič


Mladinsko stages the play People, Places & Things by the acclaimed English playwright Duncan Macmillan, who has been experiencing a breakthrough to the European (including Slovenian) stages. His signature unfettered, ostensibly simple realistic style presents the topics often encountered in theatre, such as family and relationships, education, personal disorders, suicidal tendencies, drug and alcohol dependency in a complex way, without didactic psychologisation and unambiguous solutions that would force characters and situations into recognised moulds.

Emma is an actor and an addict. Her work requires that she split into different personalities, so she finds is difficult to confront herself during rehabilitation. Does she even exist outside of her stage versions? Her first attempt to get clean at a treatment facility fails, because she’s not able to honestly and credulously dedicate herself to therapy, particularly group therapy. Macmillan juxtaposes Emma’s dependency on intoxicating substances in a very efficient theatrical way with her acting addiction to attention, performing in front of an audience, striving for success and fame, a painful inability to not act, and at the same time he doesn’t hint that there might be an easy way out. Just like work, family can be a trigger for addiction: people, places, things. And if intoxication is the only way of survival in a modern world, how can a person ever get clean? The first step for Emma is to admit to herself that she has a problem. If she wants to ever work as an actress again, she has to rebuild herself completely.

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