Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Tko pjeva zlo ne misli


Creative team

Directed by Rene Medvešek

Adapted by Nina Bajsić

Scenic design by Tanja Lacko

Costume design by Doris Kristić

Musical contributors: Matija Antolić, Nenad Kovačić

Lighting design by Aleksandar Čavlek

Scenic movement by Pravdan Devlahović

Assistant director: Hana Zrnčić Dim

Archival consultant: Dinko Čutura

Popular music consultant: Ivan Justin



Zrinka Cvitešić / Tesa Litvan as Ana Šafranek

Dušan Bućan as Franjo Šafranek

Krešimir Mikić as Gospon Fulir

Ivana Boban as Teta Mina

Ivan Colarić as Gospon Ivo


Dušan Gojić as Gospon Bajs

Nikša Kušelj as Karuzo

Dora Lipovčan as Gospodična Mandl

Vanja Matujec as Gospođa Božena

Iva Mihalić as Mademoiselle Branka

Vlasta Ramljak as Gospođa Bajs

Barbara Vicković as Teta Marijana

Silvio Vovk as Gospon Varićak

Mirta Zečević as Teta Beta



Ivan Colarić – piano

Matija Antolić – ukulele

Jeremija Bundalo – violin

Stjepan Vuger – accordion

Vinko Vujec – double bass


Stage manager: Suzana Bogdan Pavek

Prompter: Višnja Kiš


Based on Krešo Golik’s script for one of the most popular films in the history of Croatian film-making, which is a literary adaptation of Vjekoslav Majer’s Dnevnik maloga Perice (Little Perica’s Diary) published in 1942, this theatrical potpourri directed by Rene Medvešek brings back to life Zagreb as it once was. The show is part of the European theatrical practice of treating iconic films as cultural heritage in order to inspire new generations of viewers. Most of the plot takes place in Zagreb’s Upper Town, between two world wars, and we are watching the everyday life of the Šafranek family with all its aspects, from completing administrative formalities to socializing in coffee houses and taking a family picnic. Their everyday routine that is regularly recorded by the boy Perica gets disrupted as a charming bachelor, Mr Fulir, enters their lives. While her husband Franjo, a clerk that keeps failing in proving to his wife that he has more wits and competence than he actually does, is in fact a coward full of regrets, always citing civic norms, but afraid to ask his boss for one hour off work, and finding comfort in alcohol, Ana Šafranek finds no fulfilment in being married to a man that does not even notice Mr Fulir wooing his wife. Ana’s moral restraints gradually weaken under Mr Fulir’s flattering, but his intentions eventually get exposed and Fulir finds himself forced into a marriage with Ana’s chattery sister, aunt Mina.

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