The first adaptation of its kind for adults, based on Janusz Korczak’s 1923 children’s allegory “Little King Matty and the Desert Isle.”
Matt is a ten-year-old newly orphaned prince who must take over the throne after the untimely death of his parents, the royals. The child-king refuses to accept resignation and cynicism to the injustices of the world, declares himself a “reformer king”, and seeks to establish a utopian kingdom for children and the disenfranchised. He soon discovers that the job of ruling is a fraught one indeed, and he is forced to go through an accelerated process of growing up.
Simultaneous views of a stark white stage covered with wooden blocks along with a theatre of objects and puppets projected onto a screen with live feed video the audience witnesses the world of Little King Matt, a child King, as it takes shape, collapses and reforms. ….just as he does.
The show invites us to embark on Matt’s journey, in the wake of a lost childhood, of resistance, triumph, and failure; a brief moment before the sobering reality of adulthood hits.
Echoing Korczak’s own dramatic biography, this poignant tale soars with history lessons deeply relevant and resonant today.
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Director: Zvi Sahar
Video Director: Aya Zaiger
Dramatic Composition: Danny Levy
Music: Gai Sherf
Adaptation: Zvi Sahar, Danny Levy and Aya Zaiger
Video, stage and costume design: Aya Zaiger
Lighting: Ofer Lauffer
Puppet Design: Gili Olmer, Yana Malyshev, Ceili Clemens
Puppet Director: Gony Paz
On Stage (in alphabetical order):
Yinon Cohen, Zvi Sahar, Yuval Fingerman, Aya Zaiger,
Omri Raveh, Gai Sherf
Tech Manager: Shachar Montlake
Directorial Assistant: Hen David