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| 39 en’t the same. Whatareyourplansfor2019?Whatcan we expect at the Theatre on the Hill? Andrija: On8th Marchwewill havethepremiereofmynewstand-up, called“Mama’sson”, writtenbyMijoKaradžić.Wehave theexcellent plays“Dust”and“Becarefulwhat youwishfor”, and there will be various guest performances and concerts. We constantly talk about how our culturehas beenpushed to theperiphery, howsuchcontent doesn’t interest people, while the theatre auditoriums are almost always full. What is your impression? Andrija: I think that people adore the theatre and that there aremany peoplewhowant toseesomething live. It’sacompletelydifferent experience when something actually happens in front of your eyes, as opposed towatching a filminthecinemaorontelevision. As such, theatre will always have its own audience. Viktor: Peoplewhocometothetheatreare still aminority compared to televisionaudiences,whofollowsvariouskindsof ‘reality’ content. Ifsomebodycamealongandaskedyou to choose what role you want to play, what would that be? Andrija: RichardIII, that’smydream. I’ll certainly play that role, perhapps even right here on this stage. Viktor: I’vealwayswantedtoplayMarkAntony sincemy college days, when I read Shakespeare and his drama. Andrija,you’vealsostartedwritingchildren’s poems and songs.What got you interested in creating for children? - My girlfriend, Sandra, is known as Đeđa, and two or three years ago I began writing poems about a little girl called Đeđa. I then later switched to other topics, so at one point I decided topublish themon Instagramto see how peoplewouldreact.Aseveryone liked it, Iwrote severalmorepoems, andwhenthe famous Ljubivoje Ršumović told me that what I am doing is good, I took flight. You both loved sports when you were kidsandthatwasyour rstchoice.Have youfoundyourselvesinacting,whathas it provided youwith in total? Andrija: Acting is everything for me, that’s what I am. If i was separated from that I don’t think I would be anything. And with acting I am something, and that’s what God gives you and you don’t even know where it came from. Viktor: I did very well in sports, and as a child I thought that was what I would do for a living. At some point later I was interested in psychology, and then I realised that it would be easiest forme to be an actor, because then I can be all of that. In order to be a really good actor, you have to remain a child somewhere in your soul. Uvek mi je bila želja da igram Marka Antonija, kaže Viktor I’ve always wanted to play Mark Antony, says Viktor Actors Andrija Milošević and Viktor Savić recently decided to launch their own battle for culture. Thanks to them, Belgrade has received a new temple of the art of acting – The Theatre on the Hill. On the site of the former Šumadija cinema is now located arenovatedandbeautiful theatrehall,which is packed to the rafters for almost every performance. Two months have passed since the opening of the Theatre on the Hill. Haveyourexpectationsbeenful lled? Andrija: Our expectations weren’t really high. We got into this as enthusiasts, we had and have ideas, but the public reacted fantastically and beyond our expectations. People obviously desire something new in the theatre life of the city, so the Theatre on the Hill became a brand after just a month. Now it’s already known that nice things happen here and we are proud of that. Viktor: Thesituationisdevelopingbeyond ourexpectations.Wedoeverythingstepbystep, trying to do that which is up to us, giving our maximum, and it seems that thishasbeenrecognisedby thepublic. Peoplesimply recognise the initiative, sotheyalso liketogive it support. Thetheatreopenedwiththepremiere performanceofNikolaPejaković’splay “Sugar is ne, exceptwhencubed”, after which you had three more repeat performances. Is it true that you sold all tickets online, despite not yet having a ticket o ce? Andrija: That’s right. We didn’t have a ticket office; we didn’t have anything. People bought tickets online and that’s how it started. Butnowwehaveaticketoffice, andduring thecourseof this yearwealsoneedtosortout someother systemic things.Wedoeverything as we go, because you can’t predict and do everything in advance. Viktor: We booked those repeat performances in advance, but we didn’t know that suchmass audiences would come. As such, in Decemberwe’dalreadysoldtickets for theJanuary repertoire, which is phenomenal. Haveyouheardthatyou’rereferredto as localheroes intheneighbourhood? Andrija: Hahaha, I didn’t knowthat. Both ViktorandI liveneartheTheatre,soI’manatypicalMontenegrin,asIdon’t liveinthecitycentre. Viktor: I haven’t heard that either, but it’s great to be someone’s hero. Most of your colleagues have entered theworldofproduction.They’reshooting lmsandTVseries,whileyou’veopted to revive the theatre. Why? Andrija: I’mmoreattachedtothetheatre. For me, theatre is life, and I feel much more like myself and am happier there than when working in television and film. I just worked as a co-producer of the film Taxi Blues, which is currently in cinemas, and that was incredibly interesting for me. That’s a wonderful comedy, but what we create here is something that interestsme, and that really fulfilsme as a humanbeing.Therearehundredsof thousandsof citizens living in this part of the city, and there previously wasn’t a theatre here. Who creates the repertoire and who decides on it? Andrija: We generally all reach agreement. Of course, there’s also Sandra [Aleksandra Tomić], who runs the entire children’s scene herself, so she also helps a lot. And given that the two of us also live together, we turned our living room into an office and devoted ourselves entirely to this. Whatdoyoudisagreeaboutthemost? Viktor: So far we really don’t have a singlepoint aboutwhichwe’veargued. Although we are quite different, we have the same vision, and we wouldn’t even have entered into this if our essential and ultimate ideas wer-

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