Laughter and Tears of the Old Split
Ivan Kovačić

Laughter and Tears of the Old Split

Drama CNT Split

The ritual of “laughter and tears” directed by Goran Golovko, representing a testimony of past times ever since its first opening in 2010, obliges us to ask ourselves about the principles upon which our lives today are founded.

Laughter and Tears of the Old Split

At some thousand pages and with a lot of love and no frills whatsoever, diligent pen of Ivan Kovačić has embalmed from oblivion Split of the early 20th century. In a series of prose sketches it left us an authentic witness of the era and the people who lived in a completely different reality from ours. Not because they were poor, uneducated and technologically not so developed as we are today, but because they lived reality with principles 

Stage adaptation of this prose, abundant with motives, is set on "Judah’s Wasteland" - as Tonči Petrasov Marović has named the mythical place of Sustipan, the cemetery where the old City of Split had been buried actually and metaphorically. In a series of naturalistic vignettes play revives reality of the past as a distant echo of yesteryear childhood, as painful memory and a melancholic beauty.

Adaptation and Dramatisation

Olja Lozica


Goran Golovko

Set Designer

Ivana Poljak

Costume Designer

Marija Maca Žarak

Light Designer

Zoran Mihanović

Stage Movement

Alen Čelić

Music Collaborator

Nela Bujas Luketić

Language Advisor

Jagoda Granić

Ivan Kovačić

Ratko Glavina

Grandma Filomena Kovačić

Marija Šegvić

Granddad Petar Kovačić

Nenad Srdelić

Father Špiro Kovačić

Vicko Bilandžić

Mother Marjeta Kovačić

Bruna Bebić Tudor

Bother of Petar Kovačić

Trpimir Jurkić

Aunt Ane, Osib's wife

Snježana Sinovčić Šiškov

Frane Kovačić, Ivan's brother

Luka Čerjan

Stipe Bala

Nikša Arčanin

Jovana Keperova

Nives Ivanković

Jozo Keper, Kando Gradelica, Vlaj, Store Owner, Priest

Zdeslav Čotić

Dujka, Marica Prlainka, Lady with Hat

Tajana Jovanović

Franica, Mother Prlainka

Andrijana Vicković

Guy, Zermo, Bepo, Chief of Garbage Men, Fabjan Kaliterna, Gentleman...

Goran Marković