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A telling of medieval Cyprus

Alpha Square theatrical production company and the Centre of Visual Arts and Research in Nicosia will come together again as of Wednesday for eight performances of a dramatised telling of the story of Eleonora, wife of King Peter I (1328-1369) and mother of King Peter II (1357-1382).

Peter I has always been the grand figure of Medieval Cyprus and was named the athlete of Christ. His wife Eleonora was a historical personage about whom little is known. Dynamic, determined, conniving and very jealous, she adored Petros, hated his mistress Joanna, was accused of adultery herself, avenged her husband’s murder, whilst as Queen Mother she fought for her son’s rise and resisted the Genoese.

The performance is in English and Eleonora is portrayed by Alexia Paraskeva who shares the stage with Christina Marouchou, David Dimitriou and Andreas Araouzos, who also directs.

The original script is by Anthie Zachariadou. Costumes are designed by Rea Olympiou, and as they are based on historical research they shall later be exhibited. The performance includes the Georgos Seferis poem Demon of fornication as well as a Chaucer extract and verses from the Cypriot folk song Arodafnousa.

The first performance on Wednesday will be free, in celebration of World Museum Day. The other seven performances will run on Thursday, and then on May 23, 24, 25,30, 31 and June 1.

Eleonora of Cyprus
Performance by Alpha Square about the story of Eleonora, wife of King Peter I. May 18 until June 1. CVAR, Nicosia. 8pm. €10. Tel: 22-300994

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