This week the world of theatre and the theatrical offers a number of stories. There has been a lot of controversy around the play Cock by Mike Bartlett after the municipal council of Sotira in the Famagusta district banned its performance. The play, which focuses on a gay couple, is set to be staged in Derynia tomorrow, also in Famagusta, and if it is true that there is nothing like bad publicity, the Adult Centre of the Derynia Municipality should be full.
The play concentrates on a gay relationship in crisis. When John accidentally falls in love with a woman, his partner is firstly deeply shocked and hurt. After the shock subsides, he attempts to win his lover back by any means.
It may begin as a comedy about sexuality, but the play – directed by Costas Silvestros and starring Prokopis Agathokleous, Costas Kazakas, Sophia Maria Kikilintzia and Andreas Tselepos – makes a U-turn and ends up being a profound reflection on love and its rules.
Also on tomorrow until Saturday, the play I Am Human Too will run at the Melina Merkouri Hall in the capital. Presented by the Karma Theatre group, it is written and directed by Kostas Schiniou and includes poetry by Christina Pantelli.
As the title suggests, the play rotates around people with special needs. It tells the story of a man with physical disabilities and shows how his living in a wheelchair doesn’t make him any less human than those of us who can use our legs to walk.
According to the theatre group “the play was written after much research on the subject matter, with the aim to support those people who are facing the problems that may arise with physical disabilities. With this play we hope to show them love and understanding, and above all send out the message that disabled people do not exist, only disabled souls.”
Part of the proceeds from the performances will go to the wheelchair Basketball team Nicosia Team Rollers.
Friday will see the start of two performances in Nicosia. The drama CPR-US at The Flea Theatre and the comedy Mom, Don’t Run at Anemona Theatre.
CPR-US, originally titled Blackout, is by Davey Anderson and tells the true story of a 15-year-old boy charged with attempted murder. After he is charged, he tries to piece together the events in his life that have brought him into a secure care unit and threaten to keep him there.
This short was first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre in July 2008 and its emotional atmosphere and razor-sharp storytelling are what have kept it going and audiences coming.
But the theatre is not all about controversy, tragedy, it also delivers lots of laughs with the play Mom, Don’t Run. The play, written by Greek actress Eleni Rantou and directed by Thodoris Nikolaides, is all about Zoe. Zoe has many roles to play, she is a mother, daughter, wife and a dance teacher. This is nothing out of the ordinary – until you take into account her mother who is always messing around with her mobile phone and nothing running smoothly. That is until Zoe has a crash with a chemistry teacher and falls in love with him.
Performance of the play by Mike Bartlett. January 10. Adult Centre of the Deryneia Municipality, Deryneia, Famagusta. 8pm. € 6/12. In Greek. Tel: 23-811000
I am Human Too
Performance of the play by Kostas Schiniou. January 10-13. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia. 8.30pm. € 10. Tel: 22-797650
Performance of the play by Davey Anderson. January 12-14. Flea Theatre, 2 Gianni Koromia Street, Kaimakli, Nicosia. 8.30pm and 7pm on Sunday. In Greek. Tel: 99-083551
Mom, Don’t Run
Performance of the comedy by Eleni Rantou. January 12 until March 18. Anemona Theatre, 7 Archangelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 7pm. In Greek. Tel: 70-0077