ALIBABA A ČTYŘICET LOUPEŽNÍKŮ / ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES
Cast: 3 - 5 men, 2 women, chorus of robbers
Almost a tragic-comedy for a few glove puppets and a large chorus of robbers.
And old story from the Arabian Nights about the kind Ali Baba, the miserly Kasim and the clever Mardzhana who gets the better of forty thieves. This puppet adaptation, written in a slightly archaic language, packs action and humour into the well-known story and, with a view to the chosen type of puppets (glove puppets, and mass puppets for the singing robbers), emphasises the grotesque situation. The play is intended for children over 8.
The greatest success with the public was the chorus of forty thieves, which entered the stage almost chorally with the polyphonic clattering of wooden hinges. (Monika Loderova: S kamarádem hledat štěstí…, Lidové noviny, 8. 12. 1994)
The play is available also in English and French translation.