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A story of a soul

By Maria Gregoriou

We all need to escape into a good fable or myth from time to time but a trip to the movies just won’t cut it sometimes. Sometimes a look back on well-known stories is where we will find our escape.

Unquestionably a great story-teller and a man who fascinated everyone with his flamboyant character was Oscar Wilde. His plays, children’s stories and short stories have been keeping our sanity company for years.

One such story is The Fisherman and his Soul. A story about young love and the depths we all go to to obtain it.

A young fisherman finds a mermaid and wants nothing more than to marry her, but he being human living on land and her being a creature of the sea, he can’t have what he wants.

The real obstacle (as if her being a mermaid wasn’t an obstacle enough) is that one cannot live under sea if one has a soul. The young man doesn’t know what to do so he goes to his priest for advice.

The priest simply tells him that his soul is his most precious possession and that soulless mermen are lost.

But he wants to marry the mermaid so he tries to sell his soul to merchants, who tell him it is not worth anything. On to the next plan, he goes to a witch, who tells him his soul is his shadow, and says how it can be cut away with a viper-skin knife after he dances with her.

The story of the man in love with a mermaid will be performed on stage at Skala Theatre in Larnaca as of tomorrow, the day set aside for lovers.

The Fisherman and His Soul
Performance of the play by Oscar Wilde. February 14. Patticheio Theatre, Larnaca. 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 99-490102

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