Psychology of Tolerance

9 March 2009 text Galina Keremedchieva
Modern technologies mislead us and make us think it’s permitted to interrupt the most intimate personal life. That’s why the problem with tolerance and curiosity nowadays is quite topical. The editor debut of Emil Yordanov is namely an appeal for tolerance. It’s the play Curious Fridrich, based on Erih Kestner’s story.

You’re quite interested in children psychology. How does it reflected on your work on that tail?
My first education is economics, but I wanted to study children psychology. When I came to the theatre I realized that is psychology par excellence so I began to study puppet production.

Have you strengthened the psychology of the characters in comparison to Kestner’s story?
Yes, I tried! There are very old and former taboos in puppet art – that puppets have no psychology. I don’t believe in them! I decided to explain little Fridrich’s problem by showing the problems of the rest characters and the way he tries to meddle in them. So I really tried to add psychology in the characters, some intimate moments and discussion moments, to show what is into their souls.

There is usually a lesson in each tail, children have to learn. What is the lesson here?
I believe that every child will find the lesson for him, because different questions and problems are discussed – where is the line between studiousness and curiosity, what is tolerance. Sometimes I touch the theme with death for example. I don’t approve of the didactic way of learning the children, so I tried to avoid it.


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