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Bobo Jelčić

Instead of following the age-old model by which theatre imitates reality, director Bobo Jelčić creates a theatre in which reality and imagination merge. Following the principle of chance and coincidence, in his projects he collects fragments of events most often not connected by plot, story or action, thus constructing an open form which is yet to become a play (a drama). Such dispersive manuscripts allow theatrical integration and disintegration to occur simultaneously, a process that has already been applied and practiced in literature for a number of decades. Jelčić has a unique approach to working with actors, where all of his projects are the result of collective authorism of the entire cast, based on improvisation and personal experience. He writes and directs, searching for contemporary alternatives to classical and conceptual forms of theatre.  Show Sorry is designed as a theatrical process in which research will be radically focused on social issues and emotions based on people’s everyday struggles. In the play Sorry, the director Bobo Jelčić uses a simple prop to explore life in the theater and theater in life, with a direct approach in working with actors, shaping a minimal series of events set among the inhabitants of a small and ordinary town. In this theatrical research, the actors of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb and very young actors meet and together deconstruct archetypal stories about seemingly simple relationships, such as the relationship between mother and daughter, father and son, within friendship, first loves…


From the reviews

In his famous way, Jelčić created a play in which ensemble kept me in suspense: I knew what was going to happen, but not how it was going to happen!

Olga Vujović, Kritikaz


…. we got a comedy that deepens Jelčić’s previous directorial poetics and establishes new ways of contemporary theater acting.

Novi list

In Croatian, with French surtitles


Director: Bobo Jelčić

Dramaturg: Mirna Rustemović

Costume / Stage design: Zdravka Ivandija Kirigin

Light Design: Ivan Lušičić Liik

Assistant director: Patrik Sečen

Assistant dramaturg: Karla Leko

Assistant costume designer: Tina Spahija

Production assistants: Katarina Krešić, Josip Gregov

Stage manager: Antonio Mrzlić



Jadranka Đokić

Lana Meniga

Melody Martišković

Marko Makovičić

Luka Knez

Ružica Maurus

Vid Ćosić

Marin Stević

Alma Prica

Ivan Colarić


Extras: Andrej Drenski, Patrik Sečan

Pianist: Karlo Hubak

World premiere: 15. June 2022 at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

Co-produced in the frame of “Prospero – Extended Theatre”, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, whose members are: Théâtre de Liège, L’Odéon-Théâtre de L’Europe – Paris, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione – Modena, Schaubühne – Berlin, Göteborgs Stadsteater, Hrvatsko narodno kazalište u Zagrebu, São Luiz Teatro Municipal – Lisboa, Teatros del Canal – Madrid, Teatr Powszechny – Warszawa, and ARTE.

This work reflects only the authors’ view and the EACEA Agency and the European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.



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