After debuting at the recent Turkish Theatre Festival, staged at Millfield Theatre, directors Katharina Reinthaller and Barış Celiloğlu bring their adaption of Ariel Dorfman’s award-winning Death and the Maiden / Ölüm ve Kız to the Arcola next Sunday.
The powerful play was penned in 1990 in the wake of the brutal Pinochet regime in Chile. A psychological thriller, it tells the tale of Paulina, a victim under the Chilean military junta. Raped and tortured, she is out for justice.
Blindfolded during her time in captivity, Paulina never saw her tormentor, but is adamant that Dr Miranda, whom she meets during a chance encounter, is the person responsible for her traumatic experiences. Her efforts to confront the past pose new questions: is it possible to obtain “justice” without becoming a perpetrator, and what is the legitimate way to get even?
It’s produced by Zeynep Dalkıran’s Pan Productions in conjunction with East and Bull. Co-director Celiloğlu also stars in the play alongside Göktay Tosun and Yener Çelik.
With themes of an adult nature, the play is suitable for those aged 16 and over. It’s on at the Arcola in Dalston for one night only.
Title: Death and the Maiden / Ölüm ve Kız
Language: Turkish with English surtitles
Running Time: 90 minutes
Date: Sunday 4th June 2017
Venue address: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Tickets: 12 / £15 available online from arcolatheatre.com/death-maiden-olum-ve-kiz or pick up in person from Melek Kitchen (Dalston), Music & Beans (Haringey), or Turku Art Cafe (Edmonton).