By Maria Gregoriou
We don’t really need to go see the most recent horror movies to get a good old fright anymore; life can often be scary enough.
There are bankers pushing us up against walls, businesses, countries, currencies and just about any other powerful factor threatening to throw us all on the streets. But the financial fear also goes hand in hand with the fear of a dying earth, of the extinction of bees, and our ultimate demise.
The subject of fear is what the play Fear Industry, which was performed on Monday and will play again on Thursday in Nicosia, is all about.
The English, 32-act play had its premier in Limassol last May. At that time the fear we faced was pretty much the same fear we find before us now, but it is a new year so maybe we have some leeway for hope.
The play, directed by Achim Wieland, links together elements from traditional theatre and components from opera. The combination of the two works illustrate concepts of real and imagined fear, which are built on the foundations of our fragile existence, the perfect diving board for the madness which is man-manufactured fear.
Two award-winning actors, Marios Ioannou and Elena Kallinikou, one mezzo-soprano, and choral music by Schumann, Purcell, Taverner Wolf and Part, give the audience a living archive of fear.
The stage will recall personal stories, refer to analytical context and YouTube confessions, bring to the ear historic speeches, while all the time moving forward, bringing the real and unreal side by side until the roots of fear are moved out of the frame to only leave the feeling of fear itself.
With fear, and nothing else but fear left bare, theatre does what theatre does best, tap at the senses and awaken the mind.
The performance, which has been extended from its original premier, welcomes six participating European cities (Amsterdam, Madrid, Zurich, Athens, Stuttgart, and London) to work alongside the Cypriot team in the Nicosia performances.
The collaboration with other European cities has concluded in the addition of one more performer who will further expand on the theme of fear in the language of the participating country. This addition helps to highlight the fact that fear, weather real or not, is universal.
A theatric play revolving around fear. February 5. Satyriko Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. In English. Tel: 99-655796