The International Festival 2017 has brought with it a whole lot of music and now it is time for the festival to show us some theatre.
The play to set the theatrical wheels in motion will be Caligula, by Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus. It is directed by Aliki Danezi Knutsen and sees Yiannis Stankoglou in the leading role, with Stela Fyrogeni as Caesonia. With a cast of 13 actors, Caligula has already seen much success in Athens and Thessaloniki, and now it is time for the audience in Nicosia and Limassol to enjoy this performance with original music by Blaine Reininger.
This is one of the most important plays of the 20th century, which revolves around the historical figure of Caligula – a Roman Emperor who was probably Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. The play brings Caligula’s dramatic path to death to the stage. It does not portray this path as one of an act of insanity but rather as an act of self-sacrifice. After the loss of his sister and mistress Drusilla, the Roman Emperor is driven to the brink of paranoia.
The violence, the conspiracy and the conflicts with the Patricians form an asphyxiating setting, which, in reality was created by Caligula himself. This setting gradually leads to his assassination and Caligula becomes a mirror of the society and embodies the absurdity of existence and the unfeasibility of happiness.
Performance of the play by Albert Camus as part of the Kypria International Festival. September 18-19. Makarios III Ampthitheatre, 28th October Street, Acropoli, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10/5. Tel: 70-002212
September 20. Curium Ancient Theatre, Episkopi, Limassol