Cyprus Mail

Love’s measure

By Maria Gregoriou

They say we should pass our culture and traditions down to our children so the same should be true of our folk fairytales, well, if we want our children to be imaginative and have fun anyway.

The theatrical play The King and the Salt based on a folk fairytale which has been adapted by Greek composer Giannis Spanos will be performed until March 29 at the Melina Merkouri Hall in Nicosia.

The story goes: once upon a time there was a kingdom far away. In this kingdom, there lived a king with three daughters.

One day, the king wanted to know how much his children loved him. He put the question to them (this is sounding a little like King Lear).

The eldest daughter said she loved him more than gold or silver, and the king was pleased at the reply. The second daughter expressed her love for her father as being more than her love for diamonds and pearls, again the king was pleased. As for the third daughter the answer was a little different as she said she loved him more than salt.

The king of course was not pleased that his last child had compared her love for him to something so common as salt and banished her from the kingdom.

The King and the Salt
A play for children based on the folk fairytale adapted by Giannis Spanos. March 1-29. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Athina Avenue, Nicosia. 11am. €6. In Greek. Tel: 96-568757

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