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Putting a play, or two, together

The stage has many stories to tell and a lot to offer in terms of inspiration and imagination for both children and adults. Here is just a small look at what the theatre is getting up to.

First up, the Tracasol Cultural Centre at the Limassol Marina will on Sunday host the great puppeteer Yiannis Ntayiakos, who will bring to life a story centering on the very famous shadow theatre character Karagiozis.

This time Karagiozis will become an astronaut, taking the audience into outer space. When Karagiozis puts on his astronaut suit and counts one, two, three blast off, Ntayiakos will use the methods and techniques of shadow theatre master Evgenios Spatharis, who is also the writer of the story.

At the Rialto theatre the Moscow Drama Theatre Na Maloy Bronnoy will bring fans of the Russian theatre a performance of Late Love on Monday.

The tragicomedy, which is based on the play by Nobel Prize winner in Literature Isaac Bashevis Singer, is a touching story about a lonely man, Harry Bendiner, who has lived a difficult life full of endless losses. But one day a woman appears on his doorstep and his life is turned around as she brings some passion and love into his world.

The performance of how love can really never come too late will be told by actors Leonid Kanevsky, Klara Novikova and Daniil Spivakovsky.

Now, if you like to poke fun at people who work in the government sector then you will get a kick out of the comedy Nice to Mitsiou that will be performed at Skala Theatre in Larnaca on Wednesday.

The play, written by Elena Christoforou and directed by Christos Grigoriadis, introduces us to four people who work for the government and, although we may think they all have the stereotypical criteria of what it means to have a secure job they all come from different backgrounds.

Even if you work in the public or private sector, we are sure that you will be able to associate with what will unfold on stage – just don’t take it too much to heart.

THOK will hold a premier on Thursday of the play Casting by leading Russian playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director Aleksandr Galin, a black comedy about the trafficking of women.

It starts after the fall of socialism in the city of Kursk in Russia where two Japanese men announce a casting for young Russian girls to entertain in nightclubs in Singapore. But there is an error on the advertisement and it fails to specify that the young girls must be unmarried. This leads to more girls showing up for the casting call than expected and a little bit of chaos.

Only those over 15-years-old will be allowed to watch the performance and performances on March 10 and April 6 will be with English and Turkish subtitles.

Karagiorzis The Astronaut
Shadow theatre with Karagiozis puppeteer, Yiannis Ntayiakos. February 14. Tracasol Cultural Centre, Limassol Marina. 11.30am and 5pm. €10/7. In Greek. Tel: 25-372855

Late Love
Performance by the Moscow Drama theatre, Na Maloy Bronnoy. February 15. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 7pm. €40/35. In Russian. Tel: 96-302770

Nice to Mitsiou
Performance of the play written by Elena Christoforou. February 17. Skala theatre, Larnaca. 8.30pm. €15. In Greek. Tel: 96-477312

Casting
Performance of the play by Aleksandr Galin. February 18 until March 31, every Wednesday and Thursday. THOC Warehouse, Kampou 29, Strovolos, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/6. In Greek.Tel: 77-772717


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