Coproduction of the National Theatre in Niš and the National Theatre in Priština with the seat in Gračanica

Based on Stevan Sremac’s story



Ivko’s Feast – synonymous with several days of drunkenness and haughtiness. And all of it wrapped in a cheerful Serbian character and innocence. And what if it is not so? When, as early as in 2005 I first wanted to stage Ivko’s Feast, I never realized that it would take me 14 years to do it. It turned out to be good. Namely, at the very beginning, I wanted it to be the drama, that would in no way mock a person’s trouble when someone is usurping one’s house and life. However, the stream of characters from comical to dramatic was a challenge. In fact, Sremac himself wrote the play as a light comedy, without it being based on the solid personalities of characters, and mostly based on the external expression and stereotypical understanding of bohemianism. Finding a place for dramatic realism in a play like this is something that at the beginning causes suspicion in many. The mentioned years of waiting led to the fact that the solution imposed itself. I took a healthy Sremac’s seed of “Ivko’s Feast”, and planted it in Kosmet. A long-saught-for drama has sprouted! Everything got a different connotation. Killing the cattle and the livestock; destroying the resources and the food. Even the maltreatment of women who come on the second day of the Feast, and Ivko losing his cool! There was nothing comical in a play anymore. We placed Ivko in Prizren. Serbian guests on the Feast “became” the remaining Serbs still living in Prizren today. We added the first Albanian neighbors, and we got one, quite a new play. However, there was a danger for a stage play to turn into a political piece, where we banalize things and point our fingers to one side only. The dramaturgical intervention was needed to avoid these traps. We scratched below the surface and entered deep into the very characters. We pulled out their hidden personalities and found that each of them had his/her own problems, fears, and secrets. It was then that we could conclude that we got a real drama, which, in this case, had its support in solving personal problems. The drama conflict finally appeared. We could defend the play! And this play talks about people, their relationships, mixed feelings, everyday fears, failed lives, in a word, about cruel destinies. Why is the play “Ivko’s Feast- Prizren 2019” necessary for Serbian cultural scene? Because it speaks of the truth, and the artists are obliged to push the truth out onto the surface! It has to find a way to the people who want to hear it.


Bojan Stojčetović was born in Skopje in 1977. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Priština, Department of Drama, in the class of Professor Milan Plećaš. Until 2006, he was a member of the National Theater in Leskovac, since then he has been in the National Theater in Priština. As an actor, he made 50 premieres, mostly in the theater, but also on television and film. He started directing in 2002 when he staged a play “Two Dozen Red Roses” at the Cultural Center in Sopot, performed by the professional actors. Since then, he has mostly directed in Belgrade, once in Leskovac, Vranje, and in the National Theater in Priština. This will be the 13th stage play he has directed professionally.

Narodno pozoriste Nis


Ivko Mijalković – Milan Vasić
Kevka – Sanja Krstović
Neko – Aleksandar Mihailović
Kadrija – Igor Borojević
Kurjak – Nebojša Djordjević
Smuk – Nemanja Janičić
Sika – Anika Grujić
Mariola – Katarina Jeličić
Colonel – Dejan Cicmilović
Musician 1 – Vladimir Jocović
Musician 2/ Soldier – Strahinja Bičanin
Mirka – Marija Masal
Stefka / prostitute 1 – Jelena Orlović
Bisenija / prostitute 2 – Tamara Tomanović /Olivera Bacić
Perka / prostitute 3 – Ivana Kovačević
Cajka – Jasmina Stoiljković /Milica Majstorović
Jova – Branko Babović /Bratislav Slavković Keša

Technical Crew

Music production: Novak Ašković
Technical Manager: Ljubiša Živković
Stage Manager: Slobodan Ilić
Prompter: Ozren Mitić
Sound Operator: Dobrila Marjanović
Lighting Design: Dejan Mitić
Lighting: Dragoslav Dobrosavljević
Stage Master: Slaviša Filipović
Stagehands: Radomir Pešić, Dragan Dinić, Radovan Živković, Marin Rajić, Mića Lazarević, Miodrag
Djordjević, Srđan Kitanović
Props Masters: Dragan Nikolić, Marko Djordjević
Dressers: Dušica Mladenović, Marko Dinić
Make-up: Ljiljana Rašić, Ivana Lazarević
Tailoring: Marina Stevanović, Vladimir Pekić
Assistant Costume Designer: Katarina Filipović
Workshop: Bogoljub Djordjević, Goran Stanković, Dragan Perić, Branislav Nikolić
Procurement: Bodgan Todorović
Driver: Nebojša Šarčević

Narodno pozoriste Nis
Based on Stevan Sremac’s story
Dramatized and directed by
Bojan Stojčetović
Set Designer
Goran Stojčetović
Costume Designer
Tatjana Radišić
Bojan Stojčetović
Nebojša Gromilić