For the first time in Cyprus, Suzanne Lebeau’s play The Sound of Crackling Bones will be staged at the Theatre Apothikes Thoc this month. Directed by Yiannis Karaoulis and translated by Sofia Gregoriou, a series of performances will take place until the end of the month with surtitles in Greek, English and Turkish chronicling the cruel reality of child soldiers.
Canadian author Lebeau describes the harsh lives of these children and their struggle to survive, caught in the vortex of war. The director gives prominence to the issue of lost puerility, in the context of a poetic atmosphere, confronting the audience with questions about justice and ethics.
In a country ravaged by civil war, two minors, Elikia and Joseph, watch their lives rapidly overturned. A wandering journey for survival unfolds from the moment of their recruitment to their escape towards freedom. The narration of Angelina, the nurse who offers them shelter, sheds light on the path of this journey.
“And what about the other children, all the other children, the girls and the boys, at the age of seven, ten, 15, where should we send them after we take the guns away from them? To school or prison for war crimes? How must we treat them? As victims or as perpetrators?” asks the play.
The Sound of Crackling Bones premieres on Friday with Greek surtitles. More performances will follow every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and on Sundays at 6pm until November 1. The performance on October 30 will include surtitles in English and Turkish. Presale tickets are available from Thoc’s box office and audiences are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before the start of the play.
Besides the play, the performances are accompanied by an educational photographic and audio installation exhibition on Childhood in Africa.
The Sound of Cracking Bones
Play by Suzanne Lebeau, directed by Yiannis Karaoulis. October 23-November 1. Apothikes THOC, Nicosia. 8.30pm on Fridays and Sundays. 6pm on Sunday. €6-12. Tel: 7777-2717