ADINI SÖYLE / SAY YOUR NAME is the new production from Ala – Turka, Arcola’s Turkish and Kurdish Language Theatre Group. It is part of Arcola Creative Engagement Winter Festival 2014, the play is performed in Turkish with English surtitles.
On 28th May 2013, a few hundred people from very different walks of life gathered at Istanbul’s Gezi Park. It was no different than the other anti-government protests happening throughout the world. People wanted to protect the trees, protest against the privatization of the public areas and neo-liberal policies legislated by the current government. It was a wake up call for a highly authoritarian government who had been constantly telling its citizens how to live their lives. ADINI SÖYLE / SAY YOUR NAME questions the relationship between the big corporations, government and the media through the Gezi Park protests.
Nick Connaughton (Arcola Engagement Manager) said: “the protests in Gezi Park, and the greater ‘Occupy’ movement are a reminder to us all of the power that people have to stand up to government and big business, and shape our own collective futures. Arcola Creative Engagement is proud to be presenting ADINI SÖYLE / SAY YOUR NAME as part of our first Winter Season Festival”
Quote from the play (in English and Turkish)Let me tell you who the state is. There is this group of people who have taken over. Nephews, cousins, second cousins. They break into fruit orchards – all of it ours – they say we are going to eat it all. We eat it, sell it, give it away and get something in return, whatever we want. But they are not even that clever. There are others who put them there. Bigger powers. Those powers have the controls.
Ben devletin kim olduğunu sana söyleyeyim. Bunlar böyle iktidarı ele geçirmis bir grup insan. Amcaoğlu, yegen, uzak akraba dalmışlar meyve bahçelerine -hepsi bizim -hepsini biz yiyeceğiz diyorlar. İster yeriz, ister satarız ister bedava verip yerine işimize yarayacak başka seyler alırız , ne istersek yaparız diyorlar. Ama öyle cok akıllı filan degiller. Onları oraya koyan, işleri bitince indirecek baska güçler var. Kumanda onların elinde.
ADINI SÖYLE / SAY YOUR NAME
Directed by: Seçil Honeywill, Assistant Director: Suat Koçak, Design: Hilary McCool, Lighting Design: Richard Williamson, Sound Design: Neil McKeown, Choreographer: Hemi Yeroham
Cast: Ozlem Atik, Ozan Atmaca, Bora Bicakci, Irem Cavusoglu, Serpil Delice, Deniz Gezici, Gokmen Guvener, Nevgul Kalender, Dursun Kuran, Ece Ozdemiroglu, Buke Soyusinmez, Apo Tercanli, Mengu Turk
7th – 10th January 8pm
11th January 3pm and 8pm
£9/£7 Tek perde. 75 dakika.
Performed in Turkish with English surtitles
For ages 12+
Running time: 1hr 15 minutes with no interval
Box Office: 020 7503 1646
Monday 30th December 2013