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Ira Ratej

Theatre for a Dummy

Matiček and Nežka, the characters from Linhart's comedy The Merry Day or Matiček's Wedding, are arguing where to put their double bed and how to tackle Baron Naletel's plans regarding them as a couple, since he can hardly  hide his passion for Nežka, when they are interrupted by inspector Žužek. The actors attempt to silence the intruder, but the inspector decisively stops the performance. He writes down one offence after the other in his notebook, because the objects on stage are not equipped with inventory numbers, strangely dressed people are not willing to provide their real names, they receive guests at their workplace and generally interfere with the official investigation. The arrogant inspector threatens to close the theatre down and ban any sort of activity going on. Fearing the strict inspector, some actors flee the theatre, while the actress playing baroness Rozalka gives the inspector an ultimatum: either he gives back the money the audience paid for the show or brings the show to an end with three remaining actors. The inspector gives up and is guided through the show in which each performing artist has to play at least two characters.

Obviously, there is no shortage of comical elements, funny improvisations and ridiculous situations, for inspector Žužek hasn't got the slightest idea about theatre and is learning about the theatre constraints and peculiarities along with the audience.

Theatre for a Dummy, 2020

Educational theatre production

World premiere

Performance length is 1 hour and 15 minutes and has no pause.



Ira Ratej


Eva Jagodic

Set designer

Barbara Matul Kalamar

Costume designer

Katja Komljanec Koritnik

Music arrangment and vocal pedagogue

Ana Erčulj

Language consultant

Martin Vrtačnik

Songwriter Kdo sem?

Filip Samobor

Lighting designer

Boštjan Kos

Sound designer

Matija Zajc



Matic Lukšič


Lena Hribar Škrlec

Baroness Rozala

Viktorija Bencik Emeršič

Tina Potočnik Vrhovnik

Inspector Žužek

Gregor Gruden

Filip Samobor

The Theatre for a Dummy is a new play by Ira Ratej, dramaturge and director, devoted to teaching theatre, Her previous plays include  a stage adaptation of Levstik's Krpan, Martin and Gregor, or From a Hero to a Fool, and an educational play on theatre professions, Theatre from A to Z.