Theatre on the Front Lines: Ad Hoc Cabaret in Croatia, 1991–1992
Dolečki examines the case of Ad Hoc Cabaret, a traveling theatre collective established in Croatia in 1991, following the outbreak of war. Performing sequences of various humorous skits to audiences deprived of regular cultural production in the wartime context, such as soldiers and army personnel, but also refugees and war casualties based on the front lines, Ad Hoc Cabaret offered a repertoire aiming to provide their specific public with temporary escape from the horrors of the wartime reality. Dolečki raises the question of how, by the use of a specific type of humor, this theatre endeavor not only provided their audiences with a break from the severe wartime circumstances but also promoted certain ideological patterns and constructions in line with those promoted from the positions of state power.
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