August 25 – 30, 2015

As a group working on monodrama pieces for the last decade, we are more than happy and honoured to be able to host at Medrese those performers who engaged in a similar research and the audience who are interested in the genre. We also have the pleasure to share our works with them. All theatre lovers are invited to share this please with us!

Welcoming Party
Tuesday, August 25

The Festival will start with a welcoming party at the courtyard of Tiyatro Medresesi where audience and performers from Algeria, Armenia, Greece, Poland and Turkey will meet.

Wednesday, August 26 – 17:00

A talk on the research process in monodrama works and especially on the relationship between the character and the actor, the dialogue between the actor and the director, and between the actor and the audience.

Speaker: Celal Mordeniz
Hall – 60 min. – Turkish – English translation

Lady Macbeth
Wednesday, August 26 – 20:30

The actor tries to combine the modern ‘’performance’’ with the traditional dramatic art…. The heroes of the actor and Macbeth are identified and it becomes impossible to find the boundary between the real and the conditional…

Author: William Shakespeare
Performer: Nora Badalyan
Director: Hrachya Ghazaryan
Amphitheatre – 40 min. – Armenian – Turkish subtitles

Best Actress of the Year
Thursday, August 27 – 17:00

We all like to be appreciated and approved. What if we have a strong desire for being appreciated and approved? The one who has such a desire bogs down; the most s/he tries, the most s/he founders.

Author: Celal Mordeniz – İpek Türktan Kaynak
Performer: İpek Türktan Kaynak
Director: CelalMordeniz
Seyyar Sahne
Hall – 70 min. – Turkish – English subtitles

On Harmful Effects of Tobacco
Thursday, August 27 20:30

In a provincial club, Ivan Ivanovich was ordered by his wife to deliver a charitable lecture on harmful effects of tobacco; he talks about his dreams immediately his wife leaves, until she appears again.

Author: Anton Chekhov
Performer: Ara Gevorgyan
Director: Ara Gevorgyan
Amphitheatre – 50 min. – Armenian – Turkish subtitles

From Front and From Behind
Friday, August 28, 19:30

This performance shows the fall of Poland during the reign of King Stanislaw August Poniatowski and also makes references to our contemporary political situation.

Author: Karol Zbyszewski
Performer: Mateusz Nowak
Director: Stanislaw Miedziewski
Amphitheatre – 50 min. – Polish – Turkish subtitles

(A stand-up tragedy in broken English)
Friday, August 28 – 22:00

Kassandra is performed in broken English by a protagonist who is simultaneously the Cassandra of ancient Greek tragedy and a transsexual immigrant prostitute in any city of the 21st century.

Author: Sergio Blanco
Performer: Despoina Sarafeidou
Director: Despoina Sarafeidou – Evangelia Andritsanou
1+1=1 Theatre Company
Kitchen – 60 min. – English – Turkish subtitles

Mini Workshop
Vocal Techniques in Acting
Saturday, August 29 11:00 – 14:00

This mini workshop is open to all festival participants. The relationship between respiration and voice and the effect of this relationship on the text/song will be researched in the workshop.

Erdem Şenocak
Seyyar Sahne

Notes from Underground
Saturday, August 29 17:00

The play traces the moments when a man from underground becomes a self-reflexive one, gets out of his darkness, takes breath and directly talks to the reader.

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Performer: Nadir Sarıbacak
Director: Celal Mordeniz
Seyyar Sahne
Hall – 120 min. – Turkish – English subtitles

Mini Workshop
Movement, Action, Dialogue
Sunday, August 30 11:00 – 14:00

This mini workshop is open to all festival participants. Tools for the development of physical and vocal imagination, change in the perception of space, enrichment and transformation of movement repertoire will be researched in the workshop.

Celal Mordeniz
Seyyar Sahne

Dangerous Games
Sunday, August 30 17:00

The story of a Turkish intellectual suffocated by social conventions, the institution of marriage and fruitless attempts at love.

Author: Oğuz Atay
Performer: Erdem Şenocak
Director: Celal Mordeniz
Seyyar Sahne
Hall – 135 min. – Turkish – English subtitles

You’re Not a Fish After All
Sunday, August 30 – 22:00

This piece is the story of those who make the journey of water their own journey and wander along all kinds of water.

Poem: “Ahmet” Oktay Rıfat
Concept: Mihran Tomasyan
Performer: Mihran Tomasyan
Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası
Amphitheatre – 35 min. – Turkish-English

This is to let you know that we are back safe and sound and with good memories about Turkey and the Tiyatro Medresesi in particular! We would like to thank you and the whole theater personnel for all you did for us during our visit! We should confess that this visit broke many of the stereotypes we had! Hope, that our cooperation will continue and joint projects will be implemented in future. We look forward to see your team in Yerevan next year!

Ara Gevorgyan, Armenia


The wonderful space and atmosphere!!! Thanks a lot for all. It was very interesting and good. Thanks again, kisses to everyone.

Nora Badalyan, Armenia


Once again thank you very much for everything. It’s amazing. I played already many many times in different places, but stay and the opportunity to play with you is one of my most important and very inspiring experience.

Mateusz Nowak, Poland


Thank you again for the wonderful festival and your warm hospitality!

Despina Sarafidou, 1+1=1 Theatre Company, Greece