I Want a Country

Yiannis Costopoulos   Thu, 11 May - Sat, 13 May 2017; 8:00pm | Sat, 13 May 2017; 2:30pm.
Anastasia Revi, Andreas Flourakis, O'Reilly Theatre

How has suddenly everything fallen apart? In the aftermath of a crisis, the old ways no longer serve as a means of coping with a new reality. Inspired by the current social situation in Greece, this is not just a play about Greece. The meltdown of the ‘Country’ as we know it brings about a popular demand for change. The young take over the scene with a plea for a ‘new Country’ and with it, a new identity, fresh values, a space to feel safe within, ‘like the grandma’s fairy tale’…

Exploring the notion of the ‘Country’ and the social tension through a quest to define it, one tantalizing question arises. Is there a dream country after all? Can a society re-invent itself or will the country for ever remain a utopia, a wishful thinking?

Written in 2013 by Andreas Flourakis, in an unconventional, chorus-like structure, the play does not follow the standard theatrical norm. With no concrete characters, scenes or dialogues, the writing ingeniously conveys a sense of volatility and bewilderment.

PRAXIS and our director, Anastasia Revi, bring our ‘Country’ into life, and as ever, are proud to present yet another piece from the Greek contemporary theatre scene to the Oxford audience.

O’Reilly Theatre,
Blackhall Road,
Keble College,
Oxford OX1 3PG.

Tickets: £11, conc: £7.

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