Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC) has defended its decision to perform Euripides` tragedy Hippolytus at the ancient open amphitheatre of Salamis in the north on September 11, saying that the performance was taking place within the framework of reunification efforts.
THOC president Yiannis Toumazis, who was replying to questions during a news conference, said entrance tickets had already sold out and that quite apart from any criticism “a great deal of interest has been shown by a large portion of the Cypriot people to watch the play.”
He said that “the performance will take place in ancient Salamina within a very specific framework.”
He explained that the play had been organised under the aegis of the bi-communal Technical Committee on Culture in the framework of the Cyprus reunification talks.
The performance has received criticism from some of the hardline political parties as have the social events attended both in the north and the south by the two leaders President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. (CNA)