The childhood of a future writer Anderson unfolds in front of the eyes in a small, ancient street constructed along the entire Long Hall of the Kaunas Drama Theatre. Here you’ll find poverty, children’s insults, and fairy-tales that a granny draws out of glass pots. The most interesting thing is that more than a hundred children act together with professional actors.
The performance interprets the biography of H. C. Anderson interweaving excerpts from his most famous fairy-tales into the story. During the performance, the children discuss such difficult subjects as love, death, and injustice. (…) Here, the professionals aren’t indifferent to their mission and stage assignments for the children have been carefully selected so as not to restrict their natural artistry. (…) The performance is meant for a small audience, although, various groups of children change constantly on the stage. The performance is also worth mentioning for its tasteful, as well as functional works by set designer Kotryna Daujotaitė, choreographer Rasa Magilaitė-Sviderskienė, and composer Raigardas Tautkus.
By Alma Braškytė. Future Actors Have Proved that It’s Possible not to Fool Children in Theatre (Lith. Būsimieji aktoriai įrodė, kad teatre įmanoma nemulkinti vaikų). Lietuvos rytas / Mūzų malūnas,25-10-2005
(..) slightly idealized fragments from Anderson’s biography are combined with excerpts from his fairy-tales, while looking for links between the writer and his heroes. (…) This aesthetically stylish and emotional performance analyzes naturally such non-childish topics, as the everlasting cycle of life and death. (…) The little ones only participate organically (how did the actors manage to establish such cosy, intimate relationship with them?), the older ones – are already trying to create their characters, relations between the characters, to assess events…
By Ridas Viskauskas. Cross-section of Theatre with Andersen’s “Knife” (Lith. Teatro skerspjūvis Anderseno „peiliuku“), Literatūra ir menas, 28-10-2005