Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom – the Russian state, in a glorious city of Petersburg, at Prospekt Stachek, in a small cosy house, a Stray dog lives. For 26 years already it has been living happily, inviting children to visit its performances. The hospitable house gained a great popularity, and soon different dolls started visiting the dog. And they finally settled in the Stray dog’s cosy house: Buzzy-Wuzzy Busy Fly with its samovar, the cheerful Roly-Poly, Ugly duckling and sister Kashtanka, Thumberlina together with Snow Maiden and Little Red Riding Hood, Umka bear cub, Rogue Fox, and even untidy Fedora who made peace with the famous Smart Washer. Many dolls found shelter in the Strayling’s house (this is how the inhabitants of the house and the theatre attendants began to call Stray dog endearingly). This is rather an attic chamber, not a house, in which all the residents live amicably and cheerfully! And they decided to arrange a little theatre. It is for many years that the dolls have been having fun, dancing, playing – on holidays, weekends and weekdays, entertaining the children! Stray dog lives happily and makes friends with kids. And it is visited not only by kiddies, but also by older children, and even by adult big guys and maams.
Stray dog loves, more than anything in the world, to travel with its friends-dolls round the Russian kingdom and overseas countries. The dog-traveller has visited the sea power Estonia and the heart of Europe – France, the country of alpine meadows – Switzerland, the hospitable festive Croatia; pleased children and adults with its performances in Spain, Denmark, Cyprus, England, Korea, Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia, Latvia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Holland; visited 17 countries, took part in more than 60 festivals; and it gained friends and admirers in every country and every city; Stray dog has brought diplomas, certificates of merit and awards from everywhere. But East or West, home is best. Strayling remembers that it has own theatre and audience. It always hurries home!
The care of Stray dog is the mission of Alfiya Abdulina. The dog keeps company with venerable and young directors, and even with foreign ones, who create spectacular and peculiar performances fit every taste and age. And 18 pairs of tireless hands enliven the dolls and make miracles on the stage. The dolls are created in a special magic room where the artist – property-master Marina Demyanova engenders sorcery. And Strayling likes as well to organize New Year performances, Christmas shows, children’s birthday parties and invites a lot of guests to its house. Because the best thing for it is to hear laughter and see a spark in the children’s eyes, then it is happy and wags the tail cheerfully.