Herbs of madness

Herbs of madness

Theatre play
based on texts by Yordan Radichkov
Director: Margarita Mladenova
Set design: Boris Dalchev, Mihaela Dobreva
Music: Hristo Namliev
C: Albena Georgieva, Zhana Rasheva, Galya Kostadinova, Katalin Stareyshinska, Nadya Keranova, Bilyana Georgieva, Antonio Dimitrievski, Ivan Nikolov, Dimityr Krumov, Rumen Draganov, Georgi Bogdanov
Photos: Yana Lozeva
Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev dedicate their latest programme to one of the most significant and original Bulgarian novelists and playwrights of the second half of the 20th century – Yordan Radichkov.

They draw on his mythopoeic works deeply rooted in Bulgarian folklore and traditional beliefs as a testimonial of a world that becomes extinct. Each of the productions is marked by the distinguished style of its director. They are united by the question of the dynamics between the local and the global and ask how to be open to the Other without losing your own identity. The actors in Herbs of Madness recreate on stage some characters from different short-stories of Radichkov with exceptional vividness and rich theatrical acting as if to bring them together and board them onto a Noah’s Ark. 25 years after the first version of Margarita Mladenova’s staging of the same name, the performance this time sounds as a reminder of the living bond with the natural and the magical that is to be protected as an intransient value.



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