the occasion of the International Theatre Day Catalköy Municipality held its
3rd Theatre Festival and its cultural director Derman Atık has again succeeded
in getting some theatre companies together for ten days’ performances. There is
no longer any need to introduce Derman Atık, as he is known all over the
island, also for the cultural activities he is organizing in Çatalköy.
is always a way’ his motto was , I said last year, and he had to prove it this
year, as Master Wind damaged the canvas of the Dedeman Tent which had to be
repaired just when the Festival Programme was about to start. At least that was
what I found out on the first day when I went there and stood in front of the
closed gate and a deserted tent. So it started only on March 21 with the
performance that was announced for the day.
attended the play SINIR (playwright: Muzzafer Izgü) by the Çatalkoy Belediye
Tiyatro SU – I like the play of words – a play directed by Derman Atık and Cenk
Gürçağ, the founders of the theatre group 14 years ago. A play for two actors,
a play…as if made for Cyprus.
Dedeman Tent in Çatalköy was filled to the last seat dressed all in white as if
for a marriage festivity, with the people arriving at the very last minute, but
that is normal, it is not only a theatre play, it is an occasion to get
together and exchange the latest gossip, wıth kids runnıng around, and you can
feel the tension as if bodily present.
It makes me smile, Derman doesn’t need a special theatre building, they
would make it anywhere and anyhow and I think that some of the atmosphere this
tent offers would be lost in a proper building, a sort of easiness.
play SINIR = BORDER raises the question in how far blind obedience to orders in
military life may go, a question I have often seen discussed, and it raises the
question in us what soldiers may go through in wars and armed conflicts.
soldiers performing their duty at the border in two adjacent countries
somewhere on our globe, are thrown together
on the command of two generals with the border between them which with
time passing becomes meaningless to them, they use it to hang their washing,
they build a comradeship, later friendship across, even underneath it, they
share their bread and wine until one day the command comes by the military
leaders that war has broken out and the
other is from now on an enemy and has to be killed. Who wins: blind obedience
or humanity? Soldier Yuan played by M.Evren Mercimekci and Soldier Mati by
Mehmet Saygier, very well played, the one character a little naïve, the other
always under the stress of doubt. ….Humanity wins.
design was well done and light and sound directed from a control table in the
back of the tent by the theatre members, simple and effective.
were altogether six performances by – in the order of appearance – Lefkosa
Sanat Tiyatrosu, Güzelyurt Sanat Dernegi Tiyatrosu, Dördüncü Duvar Kültür ve
Düsünce Dernegi, Çatalköy Belediye Tiyatro Su, Güzelyurt Belediyesi Şehir
Tiyatrosu and Yenierenköy Belediyesi Karpaz Esprin Tiyatrosu. There was a
theatre group Limbia Paravasi Theatre to come from the South but had to be cancelled
due to the repair work done on the tent.
success of Derman Atık’s dream, to establish culture and art in his village for
everybody, shows clearly how much people are interested and involved in this
kind of entertainment. Especially his
endeavours to draw Cypriot theatre groups together into a sort cooperative is
worth a great compliment and mention of respect.
Ersoy, emincence grise of the theatre, the director of the Lefkoşa Belediye
Tiyatrosu, had led a panel discussion on the situation of Amateur and Private
Theatres in North Cyprus at the beginning of this year’s festival.