Igralke Collective & Tjaša Črnigoj

60 minutes


Co-production: Igralke Collective, Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, VIDNE Institute

Partners: Slovenian Youth Theatre and MASKA Ljubljana

The performance is not suitable for individuals under 14 years of age.



The documentary play Girls is based on the confessions of women from three generations: performers in their thirties, mothers around sixty years old, and grandmothers around eighty years old. Girls explores themes of growing up, first sexual experiences, and the sexual education of several generations of women. It raises questions about what "losing virginity" means to different generations, how much they feared unwanted pregnancies, and what support they had in discovering their sexuality. Through the intimate excavation of family histories, the authors and performers encounter shame and pleasure, silence and openness, offering an invitation to discuss matters we don't usually discuss.

The play Girls  portrays, through the personal stories of women, the change of times and socio-political systems. In Croatia today, the reproductive and sexual rights of women are seriously endangered, prompting the question of where we are headed and whether the upbringing of future generations will resemble that of our grandmothers.


Igralke Collective consists of four friends and graduates of the Acting and Media Studies program at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka, mentored by Rade Šerbedžija and Lenka Udovički: Sendi Bakotić, Ana Marija Brđanović, Anja Sabol, and Vanda Velagić. These professional actresses have backgrounds in social anthropology and cultural management, comparative literature, Russian studies, and speech therapy. They independently carry out their projects as authors and producers. In 2019, they presented the educational children's play Plastika fantastika, directed by Alisa Debelić. Following Bakice (2020), their most significant play was Crna vuna (2022). This documentary play was created in collaboration with users of the Association for the Homeless and Socially Endangered Persons "Oaza," who also perform in the play. Olja Lozica collaborated as a director, and Damir Urban is the author of the title song. The play Crna vuna was nominated for the 2023 "Baščovjek" Theater Humanism Award.


Sendi Bakotić, Ana Marija Brđanović, Tjaša Črnigoj, Anja Sabol, Tijana Todorović, Vanda Velagić

Direction and Dramaturgy

Tjaša Črnigoj

Co-author of the concept and scenography, costume designer

Tijana Todorović

Set design

Ivan Botički


Mara Prpić

Light Design

Marin Lukanović i Tjaša Črnigoj

Technical director of the performance

Marin Lukanović

DJ at the show and stage manager

Marin Butorac

Graphic design and illustration

Tanja Blašković

Played by

Sendi Bakotić, Ana Marija Brđanović, Anja Sabol, Vanda Velagić