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The last man



by Veselka Kuncheva based on George Orwell’s novel “1984”

Directing and dramaturgy: Veselka Kuncheva
Stage design and puppets: Marieta Golomehova
Music: Hristo Namliev and Militsa Gladnishka
Choreography: Maria Dimitrova
3D Mapping: Polina Gerasimova
Decor artist: Mircho Mirchev
Photographer: Alexander Bogdan Tompson
Cast: Militsa Gladnishka, Latina Berovska, Lyuben Chanev, Mariya Djoikeva, Ivana Boboycheva, Kaloyan Georgiev, Kiril Antonov, Tsveti Penyashki

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“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery is torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but MORE merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy – everything. Already we are breaking down the habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution. We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends. Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed.”

― George Orwell, 1984

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State Puppet Theater – Stara Zagora has 64 years history. More than 350 performances for children and adults by Bulgarian and foreign authors have been produced on its stage. It is a leader between the puppet theaters with its artistic and financial results.The participation in national and international forums of puppetry art and the numerous prizes in the past years are significant for the high level and the professionalism of the creative team.
State Puppet Theater – Stara Zagora is a host of International Puppet Theater for Adults Festival “PIERROT”. The festival’s program is a synthesis of puppet performances for adults, workshop, theoretical seminars in art management, movie-panorama of cartoon movies, dissemination of the performances in the region, exhibitions of paintings, cartoons, and plastic arts.
State Puppet Theater – Stara Zagora each year is a host of the International Laboratory for Directors. The Laboratory is designed for young directors, actors, stage designers, play-writers and others, who want to improve and enlarge their creative instruments in the field of puppet art for adults.