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The annual Slovene Festival of Chamber Theatre (SKUP) was launched in 2001 by the Ptuj City Theatre in recognition of the fact that many leading Slovene and foreign theatres produce their best work in the form of small performances or on small stages. As modern theatre and playwriting focus generally on detail, persuasive methods of narration, inventive approaches to interpretation and acting, the use of small stages and the creation of 'chamber' productions have become a key to development and excellence in theatre. The festival confers the SKUP Awards, called Satyrs, for best performance, direction, acting achievement, best music, light, and set design, etc.
The aim of the festival is to maintain the continuity of small-scale productions and to accentuate the significance of this format for excellence in theatre. The competitive part of the festival currently includes only professional theatre production, the festival aims to also involve independent theatres in the future. The festival accepts one production each from the current season of any professional Slovene theatre. Besides the Satyr Awards conferred by a jury, an Audience Award is also awarded to the best performance in general.
The 2008 edition of the festival presented 10 performances by all Slovene theatre houses, including the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste-Trst, Italy. The audience awarded Jordi Galcerán's Grönholm Method [Grönholmova metoda], directed by Nenni Delmestre and produced by Ptuj City Theatre, while the Satyr for best direction went to Mateja Koležnik and her Stindberg's Miss Juliet [Gospodična Julija] (2008), produced by Prešeren Theatre Kranj. In 2009, the performance Leotard [Triko] (2009), produced by Slovene People’s Theatre (SLG) Celje, received two Satyrs, namely, for best actress (Silva Čušin) and best direction (Luka Martin Škof).