The Extraordinary Season
2021/2022 — Season 66
Emmanuel Guibert and Marc Boutavant

Ariol: Up to the Ears in Love

Directed by: Matjaž Pograjc
Première: 19. 1. 2019
  • Ariol – a blue donkey with big glasses
  • Mule – Ariol's mother
  • Avoine – Ariol's father, Mr. Ribera – Ariol's gym teacher, a rooster; Ariol's classmate, a billy goat
  • Jurica Marčeč / Daša Doberšek
    Ramono – Ariol's best friend, a pig
  • Klara Kastelec
    Petula – Ariol's love interest, a cow
  • Nika Ivančić
    Bizbille – Ariol's classmate who is in love with him, a fly
  • Ariol's classmate, a horse
  • Ariol's classmate, a dog with a long mane
  • Mr. Blunt – Ariol's class teacher, a dog; Petula's mother, a cow
  • Thunder horse; Mr. Blitz – photographer, a mouse
  • Assistant director: Katarina Krapež
  • Choreography: Branko Potočan
  • Music: Silence (Boris Benko, Primož Hladnik)
  • Set design: Sandi Mikluž, Denis Goja
  • Costume design: Neli Štrukelj
  • Video design: Luka Dekleva
  • Illustrations: Meta Wraber
  • Consultant: Brane Vižintin
  • Language consultant: Mateja Dermelj
  • Lighting design: Matjaž Brišar
  • Sound design: Marijan Sajovic
  • Make-up artist: Tina Prpar
  • Animal mask design: Zala Kalan
  • Stage manager: Gašper Tesner



Ariol is head over heels in love with his classmate Petula, a lovely little cow with curls, and he keeps dreaming about her. Other than that, he loves spending time with his best friend Ramono. They are often up to some mischief, so their form teacher Mr. Blunt and gym teacher De Muscle sometimes get angry with them. Ramono is not doing that great at school, and Ariol occasionally gets stuck. Fortunately, Bizzbille is always there to help them – particularly to Ariol, because she’s in love with him. Although his school work occasionally gives him problems, Ariol is a very intelligent donkey. His mother lets him know that, too, and she always stands by him and encourages him when he feels uncertain.


  • zlata pika award for best performance at the Pikin festival (2019)
  • zlata pika award for Klara Kastelec for best actress at the Pikin festival (2019)

The performance Ariol: Up to the Ears in Love was selected in the catalogue of quality stagings on the platform Zlata paličica.