Guest-performance on 14 November 2015 | 7.30pm

in the context of the Serbian November at the Volkstheater in Vienna


By Branislav Nušić

Directed by Igor Vuk Torbica

The story of The Deceased is set in the late ‘70s — a period during which the Communist Party, led by Marshal Tito, was on the march, trying to eradicate all liberals and technocrats, after which it was free to replace them with a new generation of trusted party comrades. The Deceased points a finger at this phenomenon established in Yugoslav times by the Socialist system (which we’re still facing in Serbia today), where nepotism is rife and party members receive special treatment; in other words: where everything is possible — provided you know the right people

In Serbian with English and German subtitles



By Branislav Nušić

Directed by Igor Vuk Torbica

Dramaturgs | Tamara Bijelić, Maša Seničić

Production Managers | Pavle Jakičić, Kristijan Šujević

Set Designer | Veljko Stojanović

Costume Designer | Ivana Čemerikić

Composer | Marko Marić

Photographer | Jelena Veljković

Sound Designers | Mlađan Matavulj, Srđan Milovanović


Rina Andrijana Oliverić

Spasoje Blagojević Dejan Dedić

Mile Lazar Đukić

Anta Stefan Bundalo

Ljubomir Protić Željko Maksimović

Milan Novaković Banranislav Zeremski

Pavle Marić Marko Janketić

Mladen Đaković Ivan Mihailović

Aljoša Aleksandar Marković

Mr. ĐurićBane Jevtić

Musicians | Marko Marić, Aleksandar Savić, Nikola Ulemek

A Yugoslav Drama Theatre Belgrade production featuring the Faculty of the Dramatic Arts

Opened on 15 May 2012 (FDU) Faculty of Dramatic Arts production; 28 September 2012 (Bojan Stupica Theatre)

This production was sponsored by the City of Belgrade Secretariat of Culture.


The Author

BRANISLAV NUŠIĆ (1864–1938) Serbian author Branislav Nušić has had a permanent place in the repertory of Yugoslav theatre since World War I. He was following the comic tradition of Jovan Sterija Popović, another Serbian playwright whose plays are still performed today. He is a clear-sighted observer of human manners and vices, is deft in creating comic situations, and is a caricaturist delighted in burlesquing social types. He is often justly compared to the Parisian boulevard playwrights, such as Eugène Scribe and Georges Courteline.

Nušić’s plays include Sumnjivo lice (The Suspicious Person, pub. 1887/88), Protekcija (The Privileged, pub. 1889), Narodni poslanik (National Delegate, pub. 1896), Gospodja ministarka (The Lady Minister), Dr. (pub. 1936), and Pokojnik (The Deceased, pub. 1936). The essential theme running through these comedies is power, which is the title of his last, unfinished play (Vlast, pub. 1938). Power at all costs is the main aspiration form of a sinecure granting the easy life. Playing in the spirit of the nineteenth century, Nušić’s best comedies deserve to be classified as 'comedies of manners'.

Taken from John Gassner & Edward Quinn 'The Reader’s Encyclopedia of World Drama', London, Methuen & Co Ltd., 1975


The Director

IGOR VUK TORBICA Graduated from the Department of Theatre and Radio Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, in Professor Alisa Stojanović’s class in 2013. He is currently doing his doctoral studies, and works as an associate expert at the Theatre Directing course at Faculty of Dramatic Arts. As an assistant director, he has worked with Dino Mustafić (Born in YU, YDT and Patriotic Hypermarket, Bitef Theatre), Sonja Vukičević (The Patriots, SNT) and Ana Djordjević (Fourteenth, National Theatre of Republic Srpska). He directed Don Juan by Molière (National Theatre Toša Jovanović), and, with the great success, Heinrich von Kleist’s The Broken Jug / Der zerbrochene Krug at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre (YDT).

He was the laureate of the Hugo Klajn Award for best theatre directing student of his generation. The production of The Deceased, produced as an examination exercise in his third year of studies, received the main prize of the festival Studio Fest, held at the YDT and became part of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre's programme. It was named best production of the festival at the Nušić Days festival in Smederevo.



30th Nušićevi Dani, Smederevo 2013 – Best Production