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02 May 11

Macedonia's Bitola Readies for Monodrama Festival

The international monodrama festival in the southwestern Macedonian town of Bitola will feature performances by actors from eight countries.

Aneta Risteska

The plays “Sinker on a pillow” (“Olovo na pernica”) from Skopje's Drama Theatre and “Mrs. A” of the Small Drama Theatre in Bitola will open the International Monodrama Festival, which will take place from May 4-8 in the city below Pelister Mountain, organised by Bitola's Culture Centre.

The festival, which is marking its 13th year, is the only one of its kind in Macedonia.

The organisers have said that the five-day programme will be packed with ten monodramas from Macedonia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Bulgaria and Israel.

The director of the Culture Centre in Bitola, Borce Dimitrovski, says that the festival is recognised throughout Europe, which is why a number of directors applied to perform their plays for the May event. This year's festival will be held earlier than in previous years, to avoid other theatre events.

“Until now the festival has been held in June, which coincided with some of the events within the Summer of Culture programme held throughout the country and which are considered to be very important, or at the beginning of summer holidays.

"When it comes to theatre, this time we will take care to organise the Bitola Monodrama Festival within this period,” Dimitrovski told Balkan Insight.
An international jury, which includes Branko Gjorchev, the Director of the Drama Theatre of Skopje; Dejan Projkovski, Art Director of MNT; Nina Mazur, theatre and ballet critic from Germany; Russian actor Skenderbeg Tulparov; and Bulgarian theatre producer and manager Nevena Miteva.

The jury will give awards for best actor and best producer.

The Prilep National Theatre's performance of “Krpen zhivot” will close the festival in Bitola as part of the organisers’ efforts to attract a wide audience by opening and closing the event with classic plays.

The Stip Theatre will prepare a monodrama for children related to ecology, a new performance this year. The play is written by Trajce Kacarov and it will be performed by actor Strasho Miloshevski.

In addition to the plays, roundtables will be held every morning during the Festival, where topics related to the art of theatre and monodrama will be discussed.

Monodramas will be performed at the Culture Centre and performances begin at 6:30pm.

The International Monodrama Festival is financially supported by theMinistry of Culture and the Municipality of Bitola.

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