many months I have been waiting for the chance to see the play ‘Waiting for
Godot’ by Samuel Beckett, and yesterday was the day, the International Day of
Peace, September 01,2021. A play we are all in need of to tell us something, a
play with the wonderful actors Izel Seylani and Yorgos Kiriaku, a play adapted
and directed by Kostas Silvestros, Theatre Antilogos.
is this play so successful worldwide? Do read of some ideas under the link
below just as I did, it is about the meaninglessness of life, the waiting for
something to happen, waiting for Godot to bring a reason to go on. Who is
Godot? Is it God-(ot)?
play is adapted to Cyprus, the language being Turkish and Greek, the dialogues
between Gogo and Didi – each of them spoke in their native language and they did
understand each other, you won’t believe it – were being translated on a wide
screen into the other language. A hint that despite differences there is hope
to an understanding?
play has travelled across the island by now and was received with great appreciation.
space of the market hall was full and new seats had to be brought forward for
the hundreds of spectators, among them a busload of Greek theatre friends who
had come over for the occasion with peace and love in their hearts as I heard
two actors were Didi and Gogo with body and heart, and they won the hearts of
the audience with their acting and I am sure they took them home seeing them as
a unit. Somehow, they reminded me of Karagöz and Hacivat, the famous figures of
our Shadow Theatre. They played through all levels of emotions, they fought and
embraced, they danced and sang, they were sad and happy, they shared
everything, even the last carrot, and they continued waiting together.
a most meaningful, eye-opening play. A big thank you.