Vesna Stanković MILUNKA

Sunday, 28th June 2015 at 7.30 pm
Pinocchio Puppet Theatre, Goce Delčeva 1

Text – Vesna Stanković
Director – Petar Stanojlović
Cast – Vesna Stamenković

About the play
This play is the confession of the Serbian heroine of WWI, Milunka Savić, a female soldier, about life and death, the war, Serbia and its past, from the viewpoint of the most decorated female combatant in the entire history of warfare. Her story begins in the village Koprivnica, near Kopaonik, when as a girl she enlisted instead of her brother and fought in the First Balkan War disguised as a man, under the name of Milun Savić. Fearless in every fight, mostly known as a bomber, she was shot and her secret was revealed. The military stood by her even though it contradicted military rules. She was allowed to return to her unit. Shoot nine times during her seven-year long term-of-service, she was awarded with twelve medals for bravery. After the demobilization she gave birth to a girl and adopted three more daughters. She also fed, clothed, raised and sent to school more than thirty children. Esteemed by high-ranked French military officials, Franchet d'Espèrey, Charles de Gaulle and vice-admiral Guépratte, in Serbia she swept floors as a cleaning lady at the bank, and at night she sewed military uniforms for a living, raising dozens of children from the villages near Kopaonik. She would say for herself that this is the confession of a life from first riffle to first broom.

Sunday, 28th June 2015 Pinocchio Puppet Theatre