'The Man with a Flower in his Mouth'
By Heidi Trautmann
A public space somewhere,
two tables under a tree, two people sitting, separately….one of them deep in
contemplation, the other a traveller, the one clothed in black, the other in
The man in beige, a
businessman is waiting for the next train, he had missed his, gets impatient,
bored perhaps, and to pass the time wants to strike up a conversation with the
man in black….and so a dialogue is starting….actually it is more like a monologue….
between a man, a normal citizen with a schedule on his hands, and another whose
time line has worn thin, he is about to die of cancer in his mouth, the flower
he feels growing.
A one act play realised by
the young Lefkoşa Sanat Tiyatrosu /Nicosia Art Theatre at the Arabahmet Cultural
Centre with its nice small theatre with the chairs in black velvet. The theatre
was founded in 2008 by the young academic actor Diren Özdoğal, born in
Güzelyurt in 1989, and some friends; today, one young member told me, they are
about 20 members altogether doing the work a theatre group is faced with, from
scrubbing the floors, selling tickets, doing the costumes and designing stage
and posters etc. The plays they have brought out so far over the last years
have attracted the attention of the media and the public.
Now, for this project the Pirandello
play, they had the cooperation from Nehir Demirel, director, and the actor Erdoğan
Kavaz, both members of the Lefkoşa Municipality Theatre and I must say, it was
a pleasure for me throughout the play. Cast: Diren Özdoğal, Erdoğan Kavaz and Suzan
Polat who also did assistance to the director Nehir Demirel. It is professional
acting, concentrating on language, on the visual dialogue between the persons
on stage, an exchange of body language so that you can visualize the strings of
relationship that develop, even when only one person is talking and the other
listening, the listening is just as intensive in expression.
It is about the importance
of life, of the small things in life, that become so clear when you know that
time is running out while the individual opposite you has not even understood
what the importance of life is; it is as if one person stands on top of a hill with
everything open to his view, the other in the valley having his view blocked by
the hills surrounding him.
It was a beautiful
experience to see young professionals doing a good job.
The atmosphere in the
freshly renovated Cultural Centre always makes a special impression on me
whenever I attend an event there, just
as walking through the Arabahmet district as if those moments were not from
this space of time.
The play will be still on
the next two Wednesdays, which is Jan 21 and Jan 28 at 20.30 hrs: Information and
tickets: 05338487207 – 05338681989.