Τhe European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 presents for the first time the Monodrama Showcase this autumn, a pilot programme with five performances (monologues) by internationally acclaimed artists and creators. The Monodrama Showcase gives the opportunity to Pafos and to Cyprus as a whole to be included in the international map with other respected international Monodrama festivals.
Τhe European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 aims to organise a major international festival in 2017 and participate in the International Monodrama Forum which is part of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). Minas Tigkilis, director and theatrologist, who is also a member of the International Monodrama Committee of ITI, is the curator of the programme.
This years’ Monodrama Showcase hosts a pilot programme with acclaimed performers and five performances that have been internationally distinguished. The performances come from Greece, the UK, Tunisia, Israel and Cyprus.
The Showcase opens with the Greek performance Anamisis Ntenekes (One and a Half Tins), directed by Maria Aiginitou and performed by well-known Cypriot actor Harris Charalambous on September 16, 2015. The play, inspired on the novel of Yiannis Makridakis, tells the true story of George Petika, who for two decades led a lawless life after committing a crime of passion. As the narrative unfolds, the story of Chios comes to life from the end of the 19th century up to the Asia Minor Catastrophe.
The 2nd monodrama takes place on September 18, 2015 with the performance CHURCHILL. Pip Utton delivers an incredible performance of the man and politician who, unlike any other statesman, influenced the fate of people and nations for more than 50 years. The performance is an intimate confession evoking a myriad of emotions to its audience.
All performances are with Greek and English surtitles and will take place at the Ancient Odeon.