This show takes place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Performed in English, with some Greek and Turkish. 60 minutes. Ages 12+
Supported by Cyprus High Commission & Creative Scotland
Forbidden Stories is a multimedia theatre performance that explores the themes ‘otherness’ and exile via true stories of intercommunal solidarity that took place in the divided island of Cyprus. This performance makes little use of dominant historical perspectives and rather focuses on the lived experiences of the local populace. The performance aims at creating a platform that will function as a bridge between the two communities to gradually form a common narrative about ‘life’ in "Cyprus.
Forbidden Stories is the third part of a trilogy on the themes of “Power and Collective Memory” created by Ludens Ensemble. It was included in the programme of events of the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017.
Longlisted for the Freedom of Expression Award 2018 by Amnesty International.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fringe Biscuit“Forbidden Stories. A unique, powerful and emotional production from @LudensEnsemble. Digital technology, projection, and music combine with talented acting in a compelling exploration of the 30-year-long social and political upheaval in Cyprus. Highly recommended.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steve Griffin, Edinburgh49“Given the strength of the multi-talented and multinational cast, the sense of individual voices comes powering through – you can almost smell the emotion of families being forced to leave their homes or being reunited with their communities, thanks to the subtlety of the acting and deep personal connection with the text.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Beth Blakemore, Wee Review “In a captivating production, Ludens Ensemble give a voice to the people of Cyprus who were long-silenced during the national civil war.”
''Ludens have created a fragmented but haunting 75-minute reflection – with powerful, understated visual imagery and sound - on the human tragedy of a partition that displaced 200,000 Greek Cypriots from the north of the island and 60,000 Turkish Cypriots from the south...There’s no resisting the power of these stories of return...'' Joyce McMillan, Scotsman
"The company have here entered more meditative waters which has given their work strength and power that stems from its raging calm...Despite the specific locale of the events related, given recent happenings, it couldn’t be more relevant in highlighting the human damage caused by a territorial tribalism that demonises otherness...'' Neil Copper, The Herald
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Ludens Ensemble is an Edinburgh-based theatre group that works with new media creating performances that ebb and flow between the aesthetics of critical distance and immersive experience.