This year’s Seventh International festival of high school theatre „Juventafest“received a large number of outstanding and stylistically different plays from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it was a difficult task to choose six plays for the Festival program.
In choosing this year’s plays, I wanted to offer different artistic approaches of theatre expression and to hear the voice of young people when it comes to important social topics and their problems. In addition to the above, the chosen plays are also characterized by the energetic mutual game of young people, in which they re-examine the relationship between the individual and the collective and point out the importance of every individual in building a better common future. What did the generations of their parents leave today’s high school students? Can young people deal with the hate of their ancestors? Can young people nowadays actively decide their own destiny or they are just objects of various systems? What are the absurdities of the time we live in? What do high school students dare not to say about themselves and why? What does it mean to be part of a whole and how much does it depend on us?
These and many other brave questions are asked in the plays of this year’s selection:
“Romeo and Juliet”, directed by: Vladan Đurković, Youth Theatre Dadov, Belgrade, Serbia
“Iphigenia“, directed by: Alma Osmanović and Sanela Ahmić, Acting School – Center for Culture Zavidovići , Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Things I Want to Say but Never Will”, directed by: Ida Avdibegović, Second Gymnasium Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Rails”, Milena Marković, directed by: Marija Medenica, Drama Studio ĆOŠE, Obrenovac, Serbia
“Is the Case Accidental?” directed by: Ines Škuflić-Horvat, Drama Studio – Tirena theatre Zagreb, Croatia
“13“, directed by: Andrea Gotovina in cooperation with the performers, Drama Studio – Istrian National Theatre, Pula, Croatia
The Seventh International festival of high school theatre “Juventafest“ will host over 100 young theatre creators this year and will be held in Sarajevo from September 5th to 9th.
I hope the audience will enjoy the selected plays and support these young people in winning their space, both theatre and social, given that they have a lot to say.
Emina Omerović, the selector of the 7th International festival of high school theatre „Juventafest“.