Reconstructing the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Thomas Moschopoulos presents a play for all ages that addresses democratic principles, the role of political leaders in every democratic state, as well as the voters’ responsibility.
The tale of Pied Piper of Hamelin is German legend that dates back to the Middle Ages. Dressed in multicolored clothing, the piper was a rat catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refused to pay for this service, he retaliated by using his instrument’s magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats. The story spread as folklore and has appeared in the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, and Robert Browning, among others.
Although there are various versions of the story, it will be interesting to see how Thomas Moschopoulos will adapt it into a play about democratic principles and voting responsibility.
“Travelling through time, spectators are given a chance to save the innocent child they betrayed while growing up,” say organisers. Setting the action in a theatre-within-the-theatre, the director enables viewers to choose the end of the story, as well as to reflect and retell their own version of it.
A production by Tsepis Theatre, The Mystery of Hamelin City will start performances in Limassol on Saturday and conclude in Nicosia on February 10.
The Mystery of Hamelin City
Play based on the tale of Pied Piper of Hamelin. Suitable for children. February 2. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 4pm. €10. Tel: 77777745. February 10. School of Medicine, University of Cyprus, Nicosia. 11am. €7. Tel: 96-297278