Just imagine that we lived in a better world for a moment, imagine that we could all accept our differences in a world where we could make something beautiful out of our togetherness. This is what the play Just Imagine aims to evoke on Saturday.
The play without words by Catherine Beger came about after she was approached by the nonprofit organisation Caritas Cyprus. The symbolism behind the play fitted perfectly into the organisation’s mission to work for a better world. So, on Saturday the play will be performed, together with a children’s artwork exhibition at the foyer of the theatre.
But how can a play without words bring about so much meaning? Beger explains that her character is black and white and has a little paper mouse, while the other character – played by Mohammed Awwad – is just a splat of colours.
“My character lives in a clean world covered in paper. Then Awwad parashoots in from a totally different place. I am afraid and I hide. Then this man from somewhere else starts to paint and his idea of art is very different to mine so I order him to leave, at which point he tries to make friends with me but I reject him,” Beger said.
The play continues with the two characters fighting a paint war. They both paint different shapes until red and white get mixed together and they make pink, a colour they have never seen before. This mixing of colours makes the female character start to trust this complete opposite. Slowly they look at their shapes and realise that together their simple shapes create images.
“The whole play looks at stereotypes from both sides, it is about how different people can influence each other but at the same time there is no fairytale ending,” Beger said.
After the one-hour performance on Saturday, suitable for all ages, the play is set to go into schools. Next year it will tour the island and will also be performed in China.
Proceeds from the performance will benefit the activities of the Caritas Larnaca Food Bank, which serves approximately 70 hungry individuals and families on a bi-weekly basis.
Theatre performance for children without words. November 25. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 5pm. €8. Tel: 96-216435