Category: Theatre & Dance

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Something for all the family: watch Karagöz and Hacivat shadow puppetry online

Originating from the Ottoman era, Karagöz and Hacivat are among Turkey’s most famous and popular theatre characters, a perfect foil for each other as they seek to solve everyday problems. Karagöz represents the illiterate, but straightforward general public, while Hacivat is from the educated classes, always speaking in a posh form of Ottoman Turkish to […]

Theatre & Dance
Immigrants to stage British classic The Importance of Being Earnest

Pan Productions returns with a re-run of its powerful, contemporary interpretation of a British classic, performed by immigrants. The play, by award-winning director Aylin Bozok (pictured above), brings together diverse people to explore the unspoken rules of English society which confront foreigners daily, as they try to fit in, from their accents to their upbringing […]

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The final curtain closes as iconic actress Yıldız Kenter dies aged 91

Yıldız Kenter, one of Turkey’s biggest stars of cinema and theatre, has died in Istanbul at the age of 91. The multi award-winning actress had been battling lung disease and was in intensive care at the American Hospital when she passed away on Sunday, 17 November. During an illustrious career spanning sixty years, Kenter appeared […]

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Review: Dreams Die Hard – story-telling at its brilliant best

This is story-telling at its brilliant best. Personal, incisive, at times funny, yet also sad and highly thought-provoking. Dreams Die Hard also contains the best-ever explanation of Brexit courtesy of the good old British fry-up. A one-woman show, written and performed by Rachel Karafistan (whose grandfather Mehmet Karafistan was from Yeşilırmak, Cyprus) with direction and […]