month of February 2019 the Bandabuliya Sahnesi/Stage was celebrating its first
anniversary and it was with great emotions that all persons involved in the
creation of this new theatre stage thought back to the events of last year.
Read my review and the background story under the following link.
reason was not only the inauguration of the building in an area of the Old City
of Nicosia but also the revival of the Turkish Cypriot traditional Shadow
Theatre and its famous figures of Karagöz and Hacivat. These two, together with
their new father Izel Seylani, actor and theatre director, have been travelling
across the island to pay a courtesy visit in schools and on other stages, but
the highlight altogether was a visit to Berlin following an invitation by the
Turkish-German ‘Theatre 28’.
28’ is pursuing a project to make accessible to Turkish speaking children
living in Berlin traditional culture with Turkish background. The actor and
drama teacher Ufuk Güldü had founded the theatre in 2010 with the aim to offer
courses and projects in the fields of theatre, film and media for children and
young adults. It serves to further education to help young people with social
and employment integration.
Seylani and his companions Karagöz and Hacivat were well received during the
four performances with the play ‘Hidden Treasure’ which were given during his
12 days stay in Berlin. More than 500 visitors came to greet the guests from
North Cyprus. The performances were shown in the Berlin media.
Seylani who is an appreciated friend to the Theatre 28 team, did also workshops
with the acting crew and explained the background history of the Cypriot
Turkish shadow theatre. He plans to return to Berlin for further performances
in Theatre 28 in Berlin.
here I wish Izel Seylani and the Bandabuliya team Happy Birthday and for the
future many exciting encounters across the theatre loving world.