Karakoncolos | Play | National Theatre "Ivan Vazov"
06 October, Friday 19:30 "Apostol Karamitev" Stage


01 h 20 m
Age restriction
Not suitable for persons under 12

Production team:

Set Designer
Elitsa Georgieva
Costume designer
Elitsa Georgieva
Stoyan Radev
Musical environment
Stoyan Radev


Based on the short story "A Dervish’s Seed" by Nikolai Haitov



Director - Stoyan Radev

Set and Costume Designer - Elitsa Georgieva

Sound Designer - Stoyan Radev



"Karakoncolos" is a serio-comic recapitulation of an unusual life, built authentically and enacted marvellously by Valeri Yordanov: his character Ramadan Dervishov of the popular short story "A Dervish’s Seed" by Nikolai Haitov shares with a bear, tamed and domesticated by him, but above all with the spectators his life story: married at the innocent age of 14, he has lost his wife to a neighbour and pining over his lost love, he works himself up into a passion for revenge—to eventually find his true self after years of hesitation and inner struggles. It has taken a long way to go, because he is an unruly and unbowed man, as solid as a rock. He gets into heated arguments with the mayor, recounting the first moments of his wedding night, which has in fact been a children’s game, longing to be with his love, which sometimes subdues him and other times makes him great in his devotion to her. He is bursting with natural strength, with naïve and wise discoveries, with stories too funny for words that broaden our notion of the power and the meaning of human beings and their frantic struggle with and for life.

Shutting himself and his broken heart in his mountain cabin, Ramadan Dervishov seems to share himself and his primary experience with the world at large: with people, both close and distant, chance acquaintances and nearest and dearest, with his neighbours and countrymen, with nature and domestic animals, thus rounding off and filling human existence with events and emotions, naivety and wisdom, anguish and laughter.

It is not for nothing that Karakoncolos is a byname for a mythical bogeyman suffering from insomnia. A very interesting eye-opening acquaintance with Ramadan, a character invented by a brilliant creative team and enacted by a generally liked actor, Valeri Yordanov.


In-house dramatist - Mirela Ivanova

Assistant director - Boriana Miteva

Poster and leaflet designer - Yanina Petrova

Photographer - Bozhidar Markov


Premieres on 22 and 23 January 2020 


Unsuitable for those aged 12 and under

Running time - 1 hr 20 m, no interval

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