…..or: to be or not to be -
new absurd play Kim Bay Schmitt by
Sébastien Thierry at the Nicosia Municipality Theatre
made Nehir Demirel, the director of the play, choose this very play, a play
questioning in a Kafkaesque way the identity of one very normal couple. Perhaps
because the question of identity has been a constant partner in the lives of
this island? I have not asked her yet, and
actually I don’t want to know for sure because going along with the philosophy
of the author, everything is relative, you cannot be sure of anything, and….it
may happen to you any day…when reading daily news nowadays. Am I the fox or am
I the rabbit?
am sitting in the first row of my beloved small LBT theatre, where the stage
starts at my feet and it would not take much courage or effort to enter it
myself; behind me all seats are taken.
The play has been very successful and you have to rush to get a seat reserved
for one of the two weekly performance days, Friday and Saturday.
first scene with Monsieur and Madame Jean-Claude and Nicole Bélier, played by
Osman Ateş and Özgür Oktay, is the only normal scene, just as in normal life,
boring and banal, but then…..the telephone starts ringing, a telephone they
don’t even have….. and with it the nightmare is in full action. They realize
that there is a picture on the wall they have never seen before, a German
shepherd, and the books in the shelves are not theirs….and a jacket that is not
Jean-Claude’s. The identity card they find in the side pocket is in the name of
Henri Schmitt, doctor of ophthalmology…..They want to leave the apartment but
it is locked…panic takes over…Jean-Claude calls the police….an officer played
by Bariş Refikoğlu, is coming and the drama takes its course, and the absurdity
of the situation is in full view. They cannot prove who they are; the only Id
card available is the one of Mr. Henri Schmitt. Consequently, a psychiatrist is
invited to check on the couple’s sanity, played by a newcomer to the Lefkoşa
Belediye Theatre, Pinar Inandım, fresh from Istanbul Conservatoire.
I cannot go any further, I cannot disclose the dimensions in which this
completely absurd situation develops. I read about the playwright, a Frenchman,
born in Paris in 1970, a comedian and playwright, about whom one says that he
not only writes to create the roles but who loves to write for the acting folk,
to invite them to show their talent like in this case, to act with all they have,
bodily and emotionally and for this Nehir Demirel has chosen the right actors. I have seen Osman Ateş, Özgür Oktay and Bariş Refikoğlu in so many
different plays, that I can assure you that even their little finger takes part
in acting and their body language and mimicry tell all the story. Pinar Inandım
I have met privately, sister of Nilüfer Inandım, the painter, and both highly
engaged in the arts. She has studied acting in Istanbul and it is her first
play in Cyprus she is involved in. She has a very good presence on stage. Umut
Ersoy who is responsible for design and media work, held the role of Schmitt
junior, a dark presence.
is behind it, you must come and find out. A situation is created, the question
is …must one stay with the truth or must one adapt? Questions of humanity,
questions of life.
tickets please call 0392 227 8782. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find the entire LBT equip at the bottom of the poster.