Do you remember Dolly Bell?

Monday, May 9 2022 7:00pm
Croatian House of Culture in Sušak
Chamber Theatre 55, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Abdulah Sidran: Do you remember Dolly Bell?

Director and adaptation: Kokan Mladenović

Mahmut Zolj: Emir Hadžihafizbegović
Sena Zolj: Gordana Boban
Dino Zolj: Mirsad Tuka
Tetka, Comrad Buba, Šintor’s mother, Štaka’s mother:  Tatjana Šojić
Dino Zolj: Davor Golubović
Doli Bel: Elma Juković
Šintor:  Muhamed Hadžović
Tetak Besim, Cvikeraš:  Admir Glamočak
Kerim Zolj, Vlado Kliker:  Sabit Sejdinović
Rasim Top, Presenter: Amar Sselimović
Kiko Štaka:  Saša Krmpotić
Midho Zolj: Sin Kurt

Dramaturge:  Vedran Fajković
Set design and Costumes:  Adisa Vatreš Selimović

Opening Night: March 15  2019
Performance duration: 2 h 10 min

Foto: Esad Mulabegović

The play does not end in Yugoslavia like the film – it starts in present times with the main character returning to his city (Sarajevo) with a suitcase in his hand, back to the scene of an innocent, but poor youth and begins reminiscing about his intimate hopes and loves, as well as his social illusions about equality and a better life. Images of that grimy life, filled with the simplicity of mother’s care and warmth of a common cabbage pie, but also the cruel street upbringing and rigid ideologies, sweep across the stage as flashes of a bygone era or fallen leaves of memory. There isn’t much nostalgia, or particular accusations in them. Because that’s simply how things were. (…)

That’s why the whole play is set up with suitcases, used for endless arrivals and departures, and even when they are lowered to the ground and opened, they are nothing more but constructs of our lives, until we move again, for reasons that are real, harsh, political, or intimate. ‘Will the sun ever really shine in this city?’

B. Munjin, Novosti

Do you remember Dolly Bell is a symbol of an era, a tale of a generation. (…) It captures the spirit of the time, Sarajevo, in the 1960s, the time which still lingers in the collective consciousness. A subtle criticism of the system, the complexity of interpersonal relationships, and the society of fluid values.

  1. Gavrić: N1TV