Greek Shadow Theatre: Alexander the Great and the Accursed Serpent

Thanasis Gavos   Saturday, 25 June 2016; Doors open: 6:50pm, Short presentation/discussion: 7.00pm, Play starts: 7:30pm
Greek shadow theatre, karagiozis,

Greek Shadow Theatre continues a two hundred year old tradition. With Ottoman references combined with locally developed characters, at its peak, it was established as the most popular form of entertainment with an audience of millions. The social role and the influence it has on modern Greek art, have given Greek shadow Theatre a unique place among theatre traditions. Karagiozis, the protagonist, is an authentic folk hero and the depiction of the folk spirit which continues to cure with laughter audiences of all social classes and ages. .

Prior to the play there will be a 15 minute talk. Puppeteer Athos Danellis will discuss the origins, social role and future of Greek Shadow Theatre.

Please note that the performance will be in the Greek Language. A synopsis in English will be provided.

“Alexander the Great and the Accursed Serpent”
Plot: This, once, great and rich country suffers from a heavy curse that has been cast into despair the lord and the people. A terrible beast, a giant dragon has closed the cave from where the great river begins. The country risks being destroyed, crops wither, the people and animals suffering from thirst. The Lord announces that the person that will rid the place of the cursed snake will marry his beautiful daughter and will inherit his property and his office. Karagiozis and Hadziavatis starring on stage and display all typical types of Greek Shadow Theatre.

Karagiozis athos danellis
Kyriakos Gouvendas – violin
Alexandros Koustas- violin/mandolin
Manolis Taouxis – mandolin/bouzouki
Stelios Katsatsidis – accordion
Maria Tsirodimitri – guitar

Event supported by: Centre for Ottoman Studies, SOAS University of London

Online: Adult £12 / Student £10 / Child (6-11yrs) £5 / Child (1-5yrs) FREE
At door: Adult £14 / Student £13 / Child (6-11yrs) £7 / Child (1-5yrs) FREE


SOAS University of London (KLT – Khalili Lecture Theatre),
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
LondonWC1H 0XG

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