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Heard the one about the GC and TC stuck in a buffer-zone minefield?

On Thursday and Friday next week, the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage is presenting what is described as an ingenious and hilarious take on the relationships and fate of the people of Cyprus with the play Bam.

According to the plot, an explosion in the buffer zone, or No Man’s Land, finds two men in the wrong place and at the wrong time, a Greek- and a Turkish-Cypriot.

Both have temporarily lost their hearing from the explosion and neither can figure out the other’s identity.

It doesn’t take them long to realise they are standing in a minefield, where every move can turn them into shish-kebab.

They share gestures, and mouth commonly understood words and they begin to have an idea of what they are talking about. Or at least they think they do.

Actually they don’t. So the funny misunderstandings begin.

While a Spanish-speaking man goes past and totally fails to help, our heroes’ sense of identity slowly returns with their hearing and the tragicomic situation escalates to epic proportions.

A clever and hilarious take on the relationships and fate of the people of this island, an allegory that breaks through the barrier of communication as we perceive it.

Written by Giorgos Neophytou and directed by Euripides Dikaios, with second direction by Michalis Ashikas, Bum will be performed in Greek, Turkish and Spanish with Turkish subtitles.

The cast includes Kostas Kazakas, Marios Stylianou and Savvas Menoikou, with original music by George Kolias and set and costume design by Melita Couta.

The event will take place in the buffer zone moat area towards the Cetinkaya Football Field behind the Home for Cooperation opposite the Ledra Palace, Nicosia on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 at 6.45pm. Free admission.

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