Heidi Trautmann

20 - World Theatre Day celebrated by Turkish Cypriot State Theatre

For the occasion of the World Theatre Day the Turkish Cypriot State Theatre invited their audience to the drama The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca who was assassinated shortly after he had written the play as a sort of foreshadow of Franco’s fascist regime. First launched in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute, World Theatre Day is celebrated on March 27 throughout the world. Every year, a personality well known for his/her good will and intelligent merits is invited to share thoughts on the theme of theatre and peace. This year, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Governor of the Emirate of Sharjah is the author of the International Message for World Theatre Day 2007. Convinced of the theatre’s potential as a tool for dialogue and rallying together, the Sheikh has recently created the Sharjah Prize for theatrical creativity.


Spain shortly before Franco’s fascist regime. In the stifling atmosphere of that time Federico Garcia Lorca wrote his last play The House of Bernarda Alba, putting in the foreground repression, family tyranny, passion, religion and class prejudice. Some months after he has finished the play he was executed. He dies young shorty after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July 1936.  The play was first performed in 1945.


The play: An Andalusian house during a period of mourning for her second husband, Bernarda Alba wields total control over her five daughters, the housekeeper and her mother.  The mourning is supposed to last several years. The emotions run high, there is open and hidden rebellion of the daughters. There is the shadow of a man in the air, brought up by the women in love with him.

A drama chosen by the Turkish Cypriot Theatre for the coming month of April.


The characters were excellently played, the choreography and mimicry well done; for me who does not understand too well the spoken Turkish words, the mimicry gave the clues to the knowledge I already had before from informing myself about the background of the play.


Unfortunately the actors did not come out a second time, I would have liked to thank them more.  My friend, a Turkish Cypriot, sitting next to me, asked: Why have they chosen such a theme, it is uncomfortable, we don’t have such conditions!


The director of the theatre is Mehmet Ulubatli; he is impatiently waiting for the new theatre building; the old one had burnt down many years ago. But next year it will be ready to receive us. Good luck!


If you want to reserve tickets for this pay: Call 2287191 or 0533 8684913.

For the month of April it will be shown on Fridays and Saturdays at the Atatürk Cultural Centre at 20:00


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