By Heidi Trautmann
Who does not remember the
film of 1957 with Henry Ford and Jack Klugman two of the angry men, two of a
jury of twelve men enclosed in a room for hours to decide whether a boy on
trial for murder is guilty or not.
The stage set the Istanbul
City Theatre has brought with them was stunning and told already half the story.
Well done. A world in itself, a cage high up in the sky, with the clouds racing
– a good light effect – which were speeding up when the scene became dramatic.
The actors were thus chosen
to represent twelve different types of people who meet for the first time,
twelve people from different backgrounds and professions.
In the course of many hours
the members of the jury slowly pass on their way from guilty to non-guilty
through angry disputes and acting and recreating the situation of murder.
Some jury members get
carried away and finally the scales of verdict move towards non-guilty
realising that some hardliners have a bad experience in their own life
leave the cage where they were forced to decide on life or death and where they
have learnt a lot about themselves.
received standing ovations for a long while, well deserved.
Playwright: Reginald Rose
Translator: Cemal Berk
Director: Arif Akkaya
Dramaturg: Hatice Yurtduru
Stage Design: Ayhan Doğan
Costume Design: nihal
Light effects: Özcan Çelik
Cast: Ahmet Özarslan, Ali
Gökmen Altuğ, Burteçin Zoga,Enes Mazak, Erkan Akkoyunlu, Gün Koper, Kutay
Kırşehirlioğlu, Mehmet Avdan,Metin Çoban,Nihat Alpteki, Rahmi Elhan, Serdar
Orçin, Can Ertuğrul
PS: The play before this
performance was cancelled due to illness of one of the cast. It was the day
when the Syrian dusts came over us and took our breath.