Our Productions for Early Years

Day By Day

(Ages 1 to 3 years)

Direction: Zoltán Mátyás
Music: Csaba Gyulai
Technics: Tamás Nagy

Cast: Edina Lovászi, Lenke Mákszem

In this tale for very young children, two House Elves wrangle with each other. One day they wake up and it seems like their dreams have come to life: they revive the small Cottage, with the Cat, the Dog and the Mouse inside. We get to know the Birdie and the Rabbit, who live in the Forest. And the story just goes on with the Cloud and the Bear, and their friendship... By the end of the performance, with the help of the two House Elves, every child can touch the puppets and continue the story if they want to. And together they can experience the mysterious “Bed-Making.” During the entire performance there is a Music Elf playing on a violin.

The total time of the show is 45 minutes, including interaction at the end.

Day By Day
Day By Day

The Carnival of the Animals

(Ages 1 to 5 years)

Direction: Angéla Kolozsi (Blattner-award winner)
Music: Charles Camille Saint-Saëns
Scenography: Eszter Csóka
Musical staff: Zsuzsanna Mártony
Technics: Dávid Nagy

Cast: Tamás Bandura, Zsuzsanna Benkő

In this production for early years, the objects participate in a carnival, dancing to the music of Charles Camille Saint-Saëns. Chickens, animals living under the water, and snails appear on the stage while a dorky Lion and a Rabbit try to get around in the world of animation. Our goal is to inspire the imagination of children and to help them find a connection between the things on stage and the well-known music.

The Carnival of the Animals
The Carnival of the Animals

Ha Dede

(Ages 1 to 3 years)

Concept and direction: Karel Van Ransbeeck
Music: Erzsi Kiss
Scenography: Karel Van Ransbeeck and Kabóca Puppet Theatre

Cast: Erzsi Kiss, Balázs Szabó

When a cube meets a group of balls... the differences between them become obvious. Balls, for example, have a house with a round door. But how to pass through that as a cube? Despite all the obstacles, the cube conquers its place, step by step, in the world of the balls... and vice versa.

Their differences become an enrichment instead of an impediment. Theatre De Spiegel (Belgium) and Kabóca Puppet Theatre (Hungary) join hands for this project. They work with Italian tarantellas: traditional dances from the 17th century. The artist Erzsi Kiss supports the whole vocally, with her unique spoken singing, full of feeling and free associations.

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Ha Dede
Ha Dede

Pepita

(Ages 1 to 3 years)

Direction: Zsófia Vesztl
Music: Katalin Koltai
Dramaturgy: Melinda Sőregi
Scenography: Eszter Csóka
Technics: Dávid Nagy, Ágnes Szabóné Zsida

Cast: Emese Bandura, Anita Üveges

Two colors, two actresses. Voices. Motions. The world of colors is slowly widening from black and white to more vivid hues. The playful performance of the two actresses fills up the stage with various shades of red, green, yellow and blue. All the wonders happen in front of our eyes: the floor starts to sing, the stripes come alive; you can find a dot here, a lake over there, and further ahead a small sheep...

The setting of the show functions as an interactive textile playground as well; in which the little ones are able to explore and discover new wonders after the performance.

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Pepita
Pepita

Gomboló (Button Up!)

Singing play for three actresses, paper and a sewing machine.

(Ages 3 to 5 years)

Direction: Karel Van Ransbeeck
Composition: Adrian Lenski
Scenography: Zsófia Opra Szabó
Technics: Dávid Nagy, Roland Peka

Cast: Anita Baranyai, Edina Lovászi, Lenke Mákszem

Three girls work in a stitching workshop. Day in, day out, they do the same and the same:
Sewing clothes and repairing dresses for richer people. They dream themselves a better, wealthier life, and a world of celebrity. Out of the paper, they invent a story of a little paper man who is going to buy a simple button for his small coat. But in this world everything is for sale, and before you know it, you’ve spent all your money and you’ve forgotten to buy the real things you need. Or do you? Maybe not everything is for sale, after all.

This play is a free adaptation of the booklet Monsieur Petit Sou from Edmee Cannard (Didier Jeunesse).

Gomboló has been carried out with the support of Small Size, Big Citizens - Widening of the European Network for the Diffusion of the Performing Arts for Early Years.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Gomboló
Gomboló

A Selection of Our Productions for Pupils

On the Road

This puppet show performed in English.

(Suggested ages: for students learning English, over 6 years)

Story, dramaturgy: Viktória Szántó
Music: László Nyitrai
Scenography: Enikő Bodnár
Public-system: Csaba Hegedűs
Direction: Gyöngyi Érsek-Csanádi

Cast: Lenke Mákszem, Edina Lovászi, Gergő Erdei

The performance represents a situation which can be familiar to everyone who has ever learned a foreign language or just traveled to another country: our characters are trying to get around at a train station. They try to communicate with fellow passengers or they just want to sit on a bench. How can a young man make himself understandable when he doesn’t speak the language? Will the little girl use what she studied in school? What will happen to the mysterious lady?

The educational concept of this show can become the bases of an international project, in which we do not have to concentrate only on English teaching, but it can serve as a guideline to create shows using a foreign language in a different point of view.

On the Road
On the Road

Tom Thumb

Small adventures in a huge city

(Suggested age group: over 3 years)

Writer: Ádám Fekete
Music: Péter Hermann, László Nyitrai
Design: Edit Miareczky
Direction: Attila Fige

Cast: Ádám Jakab, Lenke Mákszem, Tamás Fige

Although the tiny Tom Thumb remained small in size, he has a good head on his shoulders. He would help his poor parents if he could only find a job. He decides to take his chances in the jungle of the big city, where he bumps into various types of dangers and difficulties. The classic story of the Grimm brothers is represented on stage with puppets, lots of humor, and unexpected surprises...

The production was made by the senior puppeteering students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. Teachers: János Meczner, Tibor Csizmadia.

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Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb

Helka, the Fairy of Lake Balaton

(Suggested age group: over 4 years)

Writer: Péter Nyulász (IBBY-award winner)
Direction: Andrea Székely
Music: László Nyitrai
Dramaturgy: Melinda Sőregi
Scenography: Ágnes Gyarmathy (Munkácsy-award winner)
Technics: Dávid Nagy, Tamás Nagy, Szabolcs Kovács
Assistant: Ágnes Szabóné Zsida

The people of the Many-Towered Castle of Tihany are preparing for a big celebration: Helka, the princess, will soon officially become the heir apparent to the throne. But the young girl is very much displeased with all the ado and flees into the forest to collect some strawberries. But meanwhile, dark shadows are gathering in the valley of Burok, disturbing the peace of the Lake Balaton. The leader of the rebels is Bora, the evil witch. The only hope is Kamor, the good magician...

The producers were inspired by the Far Eastern water puppetry and the show is set in a huge pool.

Helka, the Fairy of Lake Balaton
Helka, the Fairy of Lake Balaton

Rumini and the Four Scepters

(Suggested age group: over 5 years)

Writer: Judit Berg (József Attila and IBBY Award winner)
Adaptation: András Veres (Blattner Award winner)
Dramaturgy: Viktória Szántó
Scenography: Enikő Bodnár
Music: Árpád Bakos
Assistant Director: Bettina Pálinkás
Director: Andrea Székely

Cast: Emese Bandura, Tibor Bandura, Balázs Szilvai, Anita Baranyai, Mátyás Tóth, Bianka Drozdik, András Szőke Kavinszki

The story of Rumini, a rascally little mouse, is based on the famous novel of the same title by Judit Berg. In our performance, which is accompanied by catchy sea shanties, the sailor mice get into mysterious adventures on the sea. In the two acts of the puppet show, the sailor mice meet beavers, snakes, creatures of light, turtles, and even an evil shrew-mouse, but in the end they overcome every obstacle.

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Rumini and the Four Scepters
Rumini and the Four Scepters

The Wizard of Oz

(Suggested age group: over 5 years)

Writer: L.F. Baum
György Schwajda’s adaptation applied to puppet theatre: Melinda Sőregi
Designer: Klaudia Orosz
Music: László Nyitrai
Director: Andrea Székely

Cast: Anita Baranyai, Gergő Erdei/Tamás Fige, Edina Lovászi, Lenke Mákszem

An adaptation of the classic story for puppet theatre.

One day Dorothy and Toto are caught up in a cyclone inside their farmhouse and deposited in the Land of Oz, where their falling house accidentally angers the Wicked Witch of the East and West. In order to return to Kansas, Dorothy has to go to the „Emerald City” and ask the Wizard of Oz to help her. On her way down the yellow brick road, Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, who wants to get a brain, the Tin Woodman, who wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who wants courage. But what will happen the end of the journey? And who is the mysterious Oz? Who can really help Dorothy and her friends?

At the end of the puppet show – and the yellow brick road – everything is resolved.

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz

The Palace of the Moon King

(Suggested age group: from 3 to 8 years old)

Writer: Ilona Szász
Designer: Klaudia Orosz
Composer: János Novák

Guest actors: Anita Baranyai, Gyöngyi Érsek-Csanádi, Ádám Jakab

"Laimé has been snatched away by the Moon King,
and shut behind seven locks in his black castle.
Saddle your horse and journey far away,
up to the sky, down to the sea, beyond the horizon..."

In this interactive performance of the Kabóca Puppet Theatre, you can help free the beautiful Laimé too: lap like the waves of the sea, patter like the stones, sing like the cicadas, and you will see how the lovers find each other once again.

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The Palace of the Moon King
The Palace of the Moon King

Stories with Danny:

The Children in the Tree; The Gingerbread Man
(Suggested age group: over 3 years)

Concept and direction: Danny Bain, Viktória Szántó
Music: Danny Bain

Cast: Danny Bain

Danny (USA) has lived in Hungary since 2010, and studied and performed music all over the world. In his show, he tells various folk tales from around the world while accompanying himself on a traditional African xylophone. The performances are interactive, including traditional and original rhythms and melodies, short songs, and a lot of participation by the children (and adults). He has stories in both English and Hungarian, the most recent being an adaptation of The Gingerbread Man.

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Stories with Danny
Stories with Danny

Once Upon a Time...

(Suggested age group: over 4 years)

Writer: Angi Máté (IBBY Award winner)
Scenography: Enikő Bodnár
Assistant Director: Anita Baranyai
Director: Andrea Székely

Cast: Gyöngyi Érsek-Csanádi

Once upon a time... there was a little girl who journeyed out into the world because she couldn’t spend any more time next to the BIG EMPTY lying in her garden. During her adventures she met conceited apples, frogs with fluttering lashes, a centipede worm, and every kind of creature that was dreamt up by the writer, Angi Máté. After collecting memories from everybody, she reached a place where the trees fold airplanes from their leaves, and the EMPTY wasn’t empty anymore.

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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time

Mother Hulda

(Suggested age group: over 3 years old)

Writer: Based on the story of the Grimm-brothers, adapted by Zsolt Pozsgai
Dramaturgy: Viktória Szántó
Designer: György Bátonyi
Music: László Nyitrai
Director: Andrea Székely

Cast: András Szőke Kavinszki, Eszter Wágner-Szabó

The winter landscape and silently falling snow mean just one thing to adults and children: that Mother Hulda is shaking out her beddings and covering the world with snow. This remake of the classic Grimm story is presented in a small and intimate setting, but the miracle of the tale can grow enormously. We meet the apple tree, the oven, and the beddings, and we learn that the lazy sister gets punished while the hardworking one gets rewarded. The play is accompanied by music.

Mother Hulda
Mother Hulda

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom

(Suggested age group: over 4 years)

Writer: Ursula Jones
Director: Gábor Tengely

Cast: Lenke Mákszem

A theatrical adaptation for children of the popular storybook.
Every prince and princess has a kingdom—this is what makes them a prince or princess—but what happens if they can't find it? Our princess doesn’t have a kingdom but she does have a pony called Pretty, a cart, and a red umbrella. Everywhere she goes, she’s on the lookout for her kingdom. Numerous princes, and even a king, fight each other with buns and gateaux to offer her theirs, but the beautiful princess has no time for them. It is the Jester, who gives her his heart, who helps her to find her kingdom at last.

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom

Green Marty – Outlaw on a Carousel

Street theater on stilts
(Suggested age group: over 5 years)

Writer: Villő Kaszás
Designer: Enikő Bodnár
Composer: Béla Ágoston
Director: László Rumi

Cast: Emese Bandura, Tibor Bandura, Mátyás Szabó, András Szőke Kavinszki, Anita Üveges

Green Marty’s name has appeared in several ballades and folksongs, and is known all over Hungary. The famous outlaw merrily swindled lords and looted mail coaches, and charmed ladies with his suave words and curved moustache. He is a notorious character, and one of the most popular outlaws in Hungarian literature.

The central element of the Kabóca Puppet Theater’s street theater performance is a real fairground carousel, which is operated by Green Marty, who has a dark and troublesome past. Now, however, the atmosphere is peaceful and harmonious, and the scandals of long-ago are only mentioned in passing while drinking wine in the nearby pub of Rosie Fox.

Green Marty – Outlaw on a Carousel
Green Marty – Outlaw on a Carousel