• “A theater [Qendra Multimedia] in Kosovo is not afraid of using art to confront entrenched prejudices and to build empathy” – George Soros

  • “Brave and honest theater performance. One of the most interesting theater company from the South Eastern Europe” – Kazaliste.Hr

  • “...a true story that sets an example for all the hope for freedom, happiness and prosperity in the Europe of our days. And the disappointment.” - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

  • “This is not the first attempt to use cultural events to bridge the gap between the countries. Polip, a literary festival in Pristina, first held in 2010, has Serbian writers among those regularly invited to participate.” - The Guardian

  • “…the play is an explosion of burlesque, music and possibly offensive humor; it is simply a riot.” - Prishtina Insight

  • “A Play with Four Actors and Some Pigs...,” […] is a playfully absurd, crude, and incredibly clever portrayal of Kosovo’s political scene.” - The Theater Times

a play with four actors and some pigs and some cows and some horses and a prime minister and a milka cow and some local and international inspectors

Directed by: Blerta Neziraj
Actors: Shengyl Ismaili, Adrian Morina, Ernest Malazogu, Shpetim Selmani
Musicians: Art Lokaj (electric guitar) Drin Tashi (drums)
Music: Gabriele Marangoni 
Choreography: Adrienne Hart
Stage design: Petra Veber
Costume design: Vesa Kraja
Light design: Radomir Stamenkovic

THE ‘TONY BLAIR’ SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN PRISHTINA

After Great Britain’s tragicomic exit from the EU, the empty space has to be filled quickly, otherwise the EU might collapse.
Europe has turned its eyes on Kosovo, which unexpectedly finds itself facing an historic opportunity, which it must exploit. But, as always, it comes with a huge challenge. In addition to Kosovo, Serbia also has the chance to enter the EU.

People and animals in Kosovo mobilise to meet the standards that Europe has set as a condition of entry, and to do this better and faster than Serbia.
The basic EU document that is given to the Kosovar authorities is called Kosovo and 3,000 easy regulations on the way to Europe.

The Tony Blair Slaughterhouse in Prishtina, from now onward, must start to sell meat which has been quality-controlled. In their effort to meet this condition, the owners of the slaughterhouse make a Kafkian journey through the state bureaucracy, dealing with officials and bureaucrats who are unhelpful and corrupt. They even have to steal a giraffe from the Skopje zoo for the prime minister of Kosovo to eat on his birthday.

And while some people in the new country naively commit to this new challenge, the Orwellian world of animals mobilises and wants to exploit this political momentum to set out and articulate their demands for more dignified slaughter.

Written by a local cynic, this play is a tragicomic panorama of the current Kosovar and European reality. Kosovo’s sincere aspiration to join the EU is confronted on the one hand by confusing and ridiculous European regulations and requirements, and on the other hand, by the ruses of bureaucrats who care only about making things ‘look okay on paper’.

Ass. Director: Enkeleda Arifi
Stage manager: Lendita Idrizi
Ass. e produksionit: Sophia Sinani
Technical director: Denis Berisha
Light: Mursel Bekteshi, Denis Berisha
Text: Jeton Neziraj
Produced by Qendra Multimedia, Prishtina / www.qendra.org 
Contact: info@qendra.org
Financed by: 
Olof Palme International Center, Culture for All – phase III, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kosovo
Qendra Multimedia by the European Union Office in Kosovo

 

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