‘M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A.’ will be performed at the Buxton Fringe 14-17 July
A very personal Greek crisis with an authentic, intimate Greek voice.
Mairoula is a name. Maybe it’s her name; she never says. She will explain the acronym though, as well as a few other acronyms of her own invention. But first she’s got some other things she wants to tell you. About sex and death and watermelons, why she’d welcome a devastating earthquake, and how she wishes you all the happiness in the world. Funny and profound, ‘M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A’ will have you rapt.
This darkly humorous, linguistically playful and frank solo show is partly autobiographical, partly absurd and also an allegory of the country’s modern woes. Mairoula is on the brink of suicide. As Greece teeters on the edge of default, the parallels between the character and her country are easily drawn.
‘M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A.’ will be performed at the Buxton Fringe on Weds 14 July - 3.45pm, Thurs 15 July - 3.45pm and Fri 17 July - 5.45pm.
Written by Lena Kitsopoulou, translated & performed by Aliki Chapple, directed by Stella Duffy, designed by Nerissa Cargill Thompson, sound design by Martyn Duffy.
Lena Kitsopoulou’s M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A was a sell-out success for the Greek National Theatre. Outspokenly political, the award-winning Kitsopoulou is hugely popular in Greece, and a hate-figure of the far right. Her work has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Polish, and English, and is best known in the U.K from the Theatre Uncut play The Price.
Translated and performed by Aliki Chapple as a reaction to the stereotypes flooding the media about Greece and out of an urgent need to let authentic Greek voices be heard. Directed with great warmth and insight by Stella Duffy, this show is a bridge across cultures.
“Engaging and playful; she’s always highly watchable"
Natasha Tripney in The Stage
4 Star - "A very powerful piece, masterfully acted by Aliki Chapple in a stunning performance."
“I fell in love with the character’s voice. It grabbed me by the throat and demanded to be translated.”
Aliki Chapple, Translator and Performer
For further information please contact producer Harry Jelley: firstname.lastname@example.org