Shame on you

Shame on You is a performance of endless scrolling and content generation, avatars, emojis, trap, stand-up, music videos and stories that seeks a space without shame at the intersection of the virtual, the fairytale and the present.
Through experimentation with the formats and language of social media, it addresses ingrained feelings of shame and pervasive mutual shaming and shamelessness. Through the original material of a young creative team, it explores when and how shame is born, in what ways it is reproduced and whether it can be overcome at all.

The sense of shame that society instils in individuals from an early age through phrases like “shame on you” and “don’t you know any shame”, while never offering us valid criteria for shame, is one of the key themes that we are constantly confronted with and struggle with, both individually and collectively. Through questions about the relationship to the body, self-image, insecurity, anxiety, and sexual, social and national identity, the creators of Shame on You want to open up a parallel reality, both material and virtual, intertwined with different symbols and notions of shame, in which different rules, different ideals and, above all, different shame can be established.


The performance materials, set in three equal but theatrically unconventional spaces of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, look at shame through the eyes of today’s world and place it in the context of the social spaces in which shame is born, and above all in which it is fed and reproduced. The creative team therefore explores and questions home, school, social life and the social networks that are now fully equal to other elements of life, and by unpacking them, asks the question: ‘Is there a place without shame?’

credits Miha Fras


The production was developed within the LGL Theatre Lab, starting with a months-long workshop with teenagers in collaboration with the Dschungel Wien youth theatre from Vienna. During the workshops, the creative team worked with the teenagers to conceptualise the essence of the theme of shame, which was then taken into the second, conceptual part of the creative process, in which the extended team created an intermedia performance.

This takes place in three separate spaces, each of which is used by one of the actors to explore his or her own experience of shame, while all three spaces are connected by an original mobile app, which gives the audience access to all performance spaces and to an extended, augmented virtual space of the performance.

Short Info

Age: 15+

Co-production: Lutkovno gledališče | Divadlo Alfa

In cooperation with Dschungel Wien

Direction Team

Author of concept and script Varja Hrvatin

Authors Lea Culetto, Varja Hrvatin, Nejc Jezernik, Farah Sara Kurnik, Vid Merlak, Daniel Petković, Mia Skrbinac, Jurij Smrke

Graphic-, Video-and Set Designer Farah Sara Kurnik

App Developer Jurij Smrke

Music Vid Merlak

Animation and Video Editing Pavel Enderle

Choreographer Sebastijan Geč

Language Consultant Irena Androjna Mencinger

Consultant Benjamin Zajc

Assistants Nina Koritnik, Sofija Lavrač Črnivec


with Nejc Jezernik, Daniel Petković, Mia Skrbinac