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A few sceams and thrills

As the year draws to a close, there are a few theatre productions that are coming to a close too, some that are still touring the land and a few stories still to be told.

The play Sourinam by Stefanos Stavridis will travel to Limassol on Friday and to Paphos on Saturday. The play, presented by the Cyprus Theatre Organisation (Thoc) concentrates on three stories which seem unrelated at first. The stories of everyday problems are set in three different scenes. The first shows a man who goes to a clothing store and is served by a saleswoman. The second reveals a patient visiting the doctor, and the third focuses on four strangers who are trapped in a lift together.

Director Magdalena Zira said about the play “the work’s comic elements are intertwined with the existential anguishes we all face. The unexpected violence and the extreme competitiveness underlie the simplest, seemingly innocent, everyday interactions.”

The performance in Limassol will be accompanied by English and Turkish subtitles.

The play Wolfgang, also presented by Thoc, will be performed three more times this week, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Nicosia. Saturday’s performance will be accompanied by English and Turkish subtitles.

Wolfgang, by Giannis Mavritsakis, is based on the events that took place after a 36-year old Austrian man kidnapped a 10-year-old girl and held her in his basement for eight years. When the girl finally escaped, her kidnapper killed himself and the girl said “he was a part of my life, in my own way I mourn for him.”

The play’s director, Marios Mettis, believes that it is within this very quote that the essence of the play is found. “We are not trying to justify the actions of the offender; we are trying to understand him and his actions. And if we accept that none of us are bad by nature, then we can look for the reasons that lead a good man – by nature – to commit such a heinous act,” Mettis explained.

Both Mavritakis and Mettis try to find the root of the kidnapper’s actions and show how, sometimes, evil is a consequence of past experiences and relationships.

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra with puppeteer Thodoris Kostidakis will lighten the mood on Sunday in Nicosia when they will present two performances of a family Karagiozis concert.

Both children and adults will enjoy yet another story of Karagiozis and the trouble he gets up to. This time Nionios, an ardent music lover, tries to convince Karagiozis to attend a classical music concert. But he doesn’t like classical music and thinks it is difficult and boring. After all the other shadow theatre characters are also invited to attend the concert, Karagiozis has many questions – about the instruments, the music, the composer and other things. Nionios patiently explains everything in simple terms, wishing to initiate him into the world of classical music. Gradually, Karagiozis completely changes his view about this music and begins to love it.

If you like classical thrillers, then you still have until January 22 to catch Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Theatro Ena in Nicosia.

Based on the novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, the thriller introduces us to Gabriel John Utterson, a London lawyer who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The strange and fascinating workings of science and the human brain and what Utterson finds at the depth of this story about a man who may have taken things too far are the central theme.

Sourinam
Performance of the play by Stefanos Stavridis. December 16. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €12/6. In Greek with English and Turkish subtitles. Tel: 77-772717
December 17. Archbishop Makarios III Lyceum, 7 Georgiou Griva Digeni Avenue, Paphos. 8.30pm. €12/6. Tel: 26-821055

Wolfgang
Performance of the play by Giannis Mavritsakis. Until December 17. THOC, Nicosia. 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 77-772717

Karagiozis goes to a Concert
Shadow theatre performance with puppeteer Thodoris Kostidakis and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. December 18. Pallas theatre, Nicosia. 11am and 12.30pm. €5/3. Tel: 22-463144

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Performance based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. Until January 22. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Tel: 22-348203

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