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Learning from the past

The Cyprus Theatre Organistation (THOC) is preparing to offer us another chance to watch a drama that has received awards and has been listed among some of the best.

As of Friday, THOC will tell the story of Our Class by Polish playwright, director and theatre critic Tadeusz Słobodzianek.

The drama is set in 20th century Poland and is inspired by true events, such as the Jedwabne pogrom which led to the bloody demise of 300 Polish Jews in 1941.

It concentrates on a group of classmates, Poles and Jews, from 1925 to our times. As they grow up, the time for fun ends as the war breaks out.

Now these classmates are faced with a world of rape, murder and torture. Almost all the local Jews are killed and the violence doesn’t end with the end of the war.

This is not a clear-cut story, it does not just concentrate on character and plot, rather it leans on a history that cannot be judged and seeks to find some kind of truth among all the chaos of the past.

Our Class is the first Polish drama to be given the country’s prestigious Nike Literary Prize, and the European Theatre Convention ranked it among the best contemporary European plays written during 2009 and 2010.

Only individuals over 15-years-old will be able to watch the performance.

The performances on March 26 and April 15 will be with English and Turkish subtitles.

The play, directed by Giannis Kalavrianos, will also be performed in Famagusta on March 29, in Larnaca on March 30, in Paphos on April 6 and in Limassol on April 12.

Our Class
Performance of the play by Tanteous Slomboutzianek. February 26 until April 23. THOK, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/6. In Greek. Tel: 77-772717

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