Something for all the family at the 2nd London Turkish Speakers Theatre Festival this weekend

Whether you are a seasoned lover of Turkish theatre or simply wanting to explore some contemporary Turkish drama, this three-day festival is for you! Curated by Saray Karakus and Umit Baysal, there are daily plays featuring some of Turkey’s leading actors, as well as workshops, and special performances and events just for children.

Among those who will be treading the boards at North London’s Millfield Theatre this weekend is acting legend Tamer Levent who has performed, written and acted in numerous plays and operas, and award-winning films including Tepenin Ardı and Kış Uykusu, which picked up the top prize at Cannes in 2014. Levent will be running a free script-writing workshop on Friday.

Other special guests include Meltem Cumbul, Tuğçe Aydın, Cezmi Baskın, Savaş Özdemir, Rutkay Aziz, Kemal Başar, and Müfit Can Saçıntı. Indeed there are so many incredible Turkish actors and directors heading into London this weekend, it will be hard to miss them if you live in Edmonton!

The programme opens with musical Gözlerinin Ardından on Friday night featuring singer-turned actor Özgün Uğurlu and Eda Kandulu. On Saturday don’t miss Müfit Can Saçıntı’s one-man show Lafını Esirgemeyenler (Outspoken), and comedy play Seviyorum Ulenn! / I Bloody Love You! on Sunday afternoon.

Festival programme

More events may have been added and some timings may have changed, so do visit the festival website for the most up-to-date schedule of events.

Friday 27 April

12.30 – Early Years Music Workshop by Sophie Mathias (free event)

13.30 – Script Writing Workshop by Tamer Levent (free event)

18.00 – Play: Gala Performance: Gözlerinin Ardından / Beyond Your Eyes

Lafını Esirgemeyenler, a one-man show starring Müfit Can Saçıntı


Saturday 28 April

11.00 – Children’s play: Kahraman Çocuklar / Super Hero Children

12.30 – Children’s art / drama workshop (free event)

15.00 – Play: Lafını Esirgemeyenler / Outspoken ft Müfit Can Saçıntı

17.00 – Acting workshop (free event)

20.00 – Play: Akşam Çaya Gelecekler / Afternoon Tea


Sunday 29 April

11.30 – Children’s play: Sevimli Çiftlik / Cute Farm

12.30 – Children’s art / drama workshop (free event)

15.00 – Play: Seviyorum Ulenn! / I Bloody Love You!

16.00 – Children’s workshop: Healthy lifestyle / power affirmation (free event)

17.00 – Acting workshop (adults) by Cezmi Baskin (free event)

20.00 – Play: Aşk Dersleri / Love Lessons

Theatre festival details

Title: London Turkish Speakers Theatre Festival 2

Dates: from Friday 27 April to Sunday 29 April 2018

Times: varies, see the LTSTF website for full programme, including start times

Venue: Millfield Arts Centre, Silver Street, Edmonton, London, N18 1PJ

Admission: some events are free, while admission for other events vary between £10 and £25

Tickets: book online via Eventbrite or contact the Millfield Theatre Box Office on 020 8807 6680

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