Bullerbyn children – I also told my motherhood: My sister is disgusting


Were you happy studying Children from Bullerbyn with national and international actors?
Great joy. But it was not easy, we had to avoid sinking into embarrassment or childishness. However, I’m very happy that we’re doing something playful, I chose it for that purpose as well. Interestingly, Astrid Lindgren wrote the book in 1947 to get kids playing war. It’s odd that, unlike St. Nicholas patalia, whose stories have a clear short story construction, they always cut to the chase: The Children of Bullerbyn are just a game series. But they have their power and their poetry in the game, in their return to childhood. They show the world of the children to the grandmother, the ideal world that was somewhere. Where there are no drummers and where there are good parents. Although the children of Bullerbyn are in fact terribly poor.

You are a confirmed director, however: To go to the Children of Bullerbyn, to address the actors, did it take some kind of courage?
Courage is needed for everything, again and again. It’s like footballers, a whole new game every time. But no, Ahab must have been completely dreaming. Jelenka Juklová is also very clear, she also plays Bullerbyn with me in Celetná. It was my first production after school, but only as a twenty-minute story for Christmas. No feature film, so it’s hard to say it’s the first time.

And you bounced on it?
Yeah, but not to copy it (laughs). It was the only thought. And the same goes for the patalia of St. Nicholas. In what is the principle in guiding actors to play for children. Then it depends on them, of course, but there was some experience in this. So, actually, it wasn’t that bold. And we have an abstract scene, so everything is a game. Must be.

What people, actors that we didn’t know before the Children, got involved in the game this time around?
We have known Jelenka Juklová for a long time. But Marie Štípková is new here, she plays Anna and I’m glad she confirmed her best actress award for last year. It is also a pleasure to see her on stage, an immense joy. Marie is great, she is great. And actor Kajetán Císařovic, also a classmate of Honza Plouhar from the Ostrava Conservatory, is a freelancer.


Filip, what can you tell us about the beautiful children’s music Ústí nad Labem from Bullerbyn?
The music was written by Dan Fikejz. I have been cooperating with him for a very long time, but surprisingly, this is my first cooperation with him here in Ústí, in Činoherák. It is also very interesting that Dan also works in Sweden. So a lot of the things that will be heard there are his various associations and visions for medieval tunes, like those of the Vikings. We wanted, even though we were playing the production in the Czech Republic, for a bit of Swedish music to appear in this music.

What did Dan do best?
In my opinion, the most beautiful is the sleeping one; when the children fall asleep, they always show up. It must express the Swedish dawn, they are very beautiful there. They are razor sharp and Dan Fikejz managed to capture the atmosphere. He wrote us a Swedish morning impression.

What did Vladimír Čepek, who dramatized the text, manage to put into the production?
We worked a lot together, in fact as always, but maybe even more. And Vladimir was so nice that he sat there in a fortnight, we instructed him to tell which stories to dramatize. And then we cut and edited his text to make a story out of it.

Did you and Vladimír Čepek project any part of your childhood into production?
Our projection was already in the selection. Not a word is ours, that’s all Lindgren. But we decided to put a projection of what we found interesting, like the story of the teeth. And I decided to keep a little story about the birth of Olem’s sister…


…And was she ugly?
It was. I myself have a sister two years younger, she was born earlier and was in hospital with her mother for a long time. When I first saw her, I said, “Mom, yeah, she’s ugly.” So I have such a touch, but I didn’t write it down, Lindgren wrote. And then other things were designed to deal with all kinds of situations.

Will it force man to reminisce about his childhood in time? Or do you just want it colored, so once you do it that way and the second time a little differently?
Source: Denik / Radek Strnad Even though I’m independent, I get it colorful. Of course, I can’t quite dictate the lyrics I’m going to do, I’m such a “mercenary”. However, now I have made a clear comedy in Celetná and I have children from Bullerbyn in Ústí. much more meaningful to me to do things like that. You can also see it on social media. Until recently, there was still a lot of fear across the country. So I thought it would be good not to appease people for a while, but to get rid of that fear. , let’s forget about some of the disputes with the Château…

What is important at Bullerbyn Children? Why make this production?
The main thing is that I was approached by Jirka Trnka, the head of the Drama Studio. And I welcomed him. I think when I get back here I shouldn’t be doing the artistically important things that determine the barracks profile anymore, it should be on the younger guys today. So we agreed with Jirka Trnka that I would do a family show. This is where it all began. And I remembered the Children of Bullerbyn because I love them. And I did them with a lot of enthusiasm, because I think it makes a lot of sense here, even with Lindgren. It’s nice to bring something fun again. The playfulness if it stayed in us, or if we admitted that it is still in us and that we have not messed up, that immediately the world around us will be a little more pleasant.


Oh yes. But Philip, how is your next Shakespeare, Henry VI. No. 2?
(laughs) It’s the same playfulness! Even when we did The Two Lords of Verona, Vladimir and I planned to do a Shakespeare every year, because he wrote his plays back to back. And getting to our seventy-six is ​​also a big game. We’ve already agreed on another sixth Henry in a year and maybe five other things. It’s the same game, but of course it’s a serious subject. But even Shakespeare didn’t write anything completely dark, and that’s fun too.

What is the Ústí nad Labem Theater Garden show inviting on Czech Radio North from August 23 to 28? The program of the theatrical performance of the Ústí Drama Studio from Tuesday August 23 to Sunday August 28 will be varied in a rather unusual place, in the garden of the Ústí radio station. It will amuse both adults and children, many of us remember from childhood. With enthusiasm and joy.
Astrid Lindgrenová – Children of Bullerbyn (Tuesday 23. 8. / 17.00)
William Shakespeare – Henry VI. Part 1 (Wednesday August 24 / 8 p.m.)
William Shakespeare – Henry VI. Part 2 (Thursday August 25 / 8 p.m.)
Astrid Lindgren – Children of Bullerbyn (Saturday August 27 / 5 p.m.)
Matúš Bukovčan – Býk Ferdinand (Sunday 28. 8. / 15.00)
William Shakespeare – Two Lords of Verona (Sunday 28. 8. / 20.00)

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