How did Morgan end up in Dvigrad

How did Morgan end up in Dvigrad


Dvigrad – the small town that inspired Istra Inspirit or ‘Piretes of the Caribbean’ in Istrian way


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Istra Inspirit acting crew on rehearsal. Author: Ivan Cvek


It’s Wednesday, 25th of August 2014. After many of the rainy days we had in this weird unexpected summer season, the sunshine has finaly found its way to us.:) You just wanted to lay down and finally start a vacation! But, this strange word ‘vacation’ is something Inspirit team is not really familiar with. :) We were still working, preparing for our newest event – Morgan’s treause in Dvigrad.

Are all the costumes here? When does the makeup sart? Do we have enough oil for the torches? Is everybody here?  Where will we hide the treasure, and where the maps?


It was crazy:) Among the pile of questions slowly rising in our heads, we did not even notice that Saša’s table started to have the ”post-it-colour”. Those were the names of the guests who booked their tickets. We had to start counting, cause the places were limited. Yup, it was true, the show was sold out. Just like that! In matter of minutes, hours, just one day of not looking and you have a table full of bookings. :) Everything was clear – the pirates conquered our audience before they even started:)


Second time performing in Dvigrad. Author: David Meden


Antonio Jakupčević as Morgan. Autor: David Meden

And really, Morgan’s treasure turned out to be the fastest sold event of the season. Aaand – an event people still talk about months later, with the same excitement we started dancing and singing with, while letting the pirates take us away. It was awsome:) The audience clapping and singing:) It was worth doing a musical – it gets people going:) We were so proud, going in our minds through all things we’ve been through trying to put this together, fighting the rain and the logistics:) At this moment we knew we revived one more legend and presented the ruins of a beautiful medieval town in a new way:)


It was Dvigrad’s turn

It all started one rainy autumn day when Inspirt team was getting back from Zagreb, where we had a presentation. We started to talk about Dvigrad and its legends realizing this little town had so much to offer. It had to be Inspirit place:) We started researching, networking and talking to everyone who could get this story and be related to it. A big help and encouragement came to us from the Općina Kanfanar and its chief Sandro Jurman, who carried the same idea about Dvigrad as we did:) They were with us 100% , all the way. They recognized this opportunity as chance to promote their municipality and as a chance for valorization of their tangible and intangible heritage. But not just that – it was a way to get more tourists, and more people in this unknown place.

Together we got this Inspirit story up and included the little ones form Kanfanar kindergarten, letting them feel the pirate passion themselves, and also the folklore group ”Dvigrad’‘ who performed some traditional dances before the actors came to the scene. They showed us some dances which were danced before the plague ruined this town. Having our great art-director Petra Blašković again, we had no doubts this story will get big. We could finally see the final product:). Her imagination and knowledge proved once again her greatness:)

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Denis Brižić playing the priest and Dvigrad ruins in the back. Author: Andrea Robezzati


Why is Morgan special?

In the third year of our existence, we still revive the legends and stories through our Inspirit events, and for the end of the season we wanted to do a step further, something that will elevate this story on a complitely new level. Morgan’s treasure had to be that – something different. And it was – the first INSPIRIT MUSICAL  in which original music took the spotlight. We are not talking about a Brodway musical, but an Istrian themed interactive show, done in Inspirit way, that made people sing with us:) 

”What will we do with the drunken sailor? What will we do with the drunken sailor? What will we do with the drunken sailor early in the morning?”

And so this show included fire-eaters, breakdance dancers and parkour artists, and musicians! We did not let the audience be passive; our pirates turned them into their fellow crew-man and asked them to dance and sing, play games and in the end – even find the treasure by themselves! Many surprises in the show triggered different reactions; from getting empathy for the turbulent life of Henry Morgan to getting really surprised when the actors jumped over their dinner tables, playing in their – what would usualy be – ‘audience zone’. There is no audience zone and no stage in Inspirit – the whole world is a stage:) Of course, we cannot forget the one true pirate dinner – a menu created for this purpose, which fitted perfectly into the story.


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Good mood. Author: Ivan Cvek


Today, when the new season is so close, we still laugh remembering the faces of our audience, while going through beautifly reviewed events. We are satisfied! :) We revived another legend, another forgotten place got its new role. And you? Do you want to know how do the ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean” look when done in Istrian way? See you this year on Morgan’s treasure!!!


Pirates looking for the treasure. Author: David Meden


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