SARTR is short for Sarajevo War Theater. This specific theater has an important history: it was opened in 1992, right after the war started, and gathered actors and associates from three theaters that were closed because of the aggression.
It’s located up a steep hill but the walk to it is definitely worth it: it goes through a really beautiful and historic part of the city – just look up and observe the architecture. If you arrive earlier in the front hall of its cafe, you can have a drink before or after the play – or you can just cross the street, where there are a few nice places full of locals like S.O.S. After plays, I always feel full of impressions and find it really nice to immediately sit down and write – these places are perfect for it.
The theater seems very simple inside but if you go to more than one play you will be amazed with the transformation that can happen with the scenography – sometimes the space is unrecognisable. There were even examples when the stage was set above ground, hanging from the ceiling. Check the schedule during your stay, sometimes they host some festival or there is open discussion on various themes.
Lots of plays deal with the ongoing political, social, economical or other aspects of life specific to the place. It’s a good way to find about them.