The fisherman and the golden fish ( A. Pushkin)

Pushkin his Russian world heritage, almost non verbal brought on stage in a magical pop up setting with stop motion puppets

Summary The fisherman and the golden fish ( A. Pushkin)

In Pushkin's poem, an old man and woman have been living poorly for many years. They have a small hut, and every day the man goes out to fish. One day he pulls out a golden fish. The fish pleads for its life, promising any wish in return. However, the old man is surprised and a little scared by the fact that a fish can speak; he says he does not want anything, and lets the fish go. When he returns and tells his wife about the golden fish, she gets angry and tells her husband to go ask the fish for a new wash tub, as theirs is broken, and the fish happily grants this small request. The next day, the wife asks for a new house, and the fish grants this also. Then, in succession, the wife asks for a palace, to become a noble lady, to become the ruler of her province, to become the tsarina, and finally to become the Ruler of the Sea and to subjugate the golden fish completely to her boundless will. As the man goes to ask for each item, the sea becomes more and more stormier, until the last request, where the man can hardly hear himself think. When he asks that his wife be made the Ruler of the Sea, the fish cures her greed by putting everything back to the way it was before, including the broken wash tub.

Who among us has been unfamiliar since his childhood with this famous story of Alexander Pushkin written in 1833? You read it as a child, or it was told to you, or you saw it for the first time in a cartoon on the television screen. The plot of the work is undoubtedly known to everyone: Being satisfied with what you have.


Now it can also be seen live performed by Figurentheater Vlinders & C °.All in a setting in which various surprising elements pup up. The performance is played with stop motion puppets.

As this performance is based on this original Russian world heritage everything but the Flemish actor is Russian or in Russian style:  the directing, the music, the design, the puppets, the dress, the music instrument Balalaika…

age: +4 or family

Practical Information The fisherman and the golden fish ( A. Pushkin)


Language: just a few words (can be translated in different languages) mostly non-verbal, a lot of sounds and music

Duration: 50-55'

Type of puppets: table puppets, stop motion

Ideal number of spectators +/- 120.( can be changed according the circumstances )

Target audience: all family from 4 years

Type of performance (outdoor or indoor): indoor.

Cargo: just 2 pieces.

Technical requirements: Sound: we use our own laptop, wireless headset for one actor (we can use our own  if necessary, but is extra luggage)

 Light plan: still in design ...if necessary we can simplify it easily....we use our own laptop for it.

Professional pictures print quality to download pictures ZIP file: still in design

Required set dimensions:

Stage measures:

Ideal:               width: 6m depth: 8m height: 4 m

Minimum:       width: 6m depth: 6m height: 2,6 m

Time for preparation: 2 hours

Time for dismantling: 15 minutes.

Special requirements: If we come by plane we need  some boxes to put our puppets on.

We travel : 1 actor and 1 technician.

Co-Operators The fisherman and the golden fish ( A. Pushkin)

Evgeny Ibragimov   Script/director

Ronny Aelbrecht      Actor

Slava Zubkov           Designer/constructor/puppetmaker

Nikolay Yakimov     Composer

Steven Hofman or Wannes Aelbrecht or....     Technician

Dimitar Dimitrov     Production coördinator

Koen Dillien               light design

Tania Jooris              pictures

Marc Wijns VAB VTB Kultuur    video recording , clip

Special thanks: Wannes Aelbrecht ( set up technic-que lists) Gino Waem (Sound settings) Rudy Van Driescche (decor adjustments)  Milly Jennes (retouche) Annemie De Maeyer (sewing aid)

Cultural Center from the city Beveren -Waas : CC Ter Vesten (logistic and material support)

The fisherman and the golden fish ( A. Pushkin)

Pictures The fisherman and the golden fish ( A. Pushkin)