MonoFest’16

MONOFEST ’16

24-28 August 2016

Worldwide renowned monodramas are at Tiyatro Medresesi in August!

As the crew of Tiyatro Medresesi working on the genre of monodrama for a long period of time, we organise the II. MonoFest both to present our own pieces to our colleagues and the audience and to host significant monodrama performances at Medrese!

MonoFest’16 promises an intensive experience of theatre with 14 performances,
2 mini workshops and a panel on the genre of monodrama in 5 days.

The program includes 10 performances from 7 countries besides 4 Medrese productions. There will be a talk on the genre and 2 mini workshops open to the all residents of Medrese during the festival. Medrese MonoFest provides the performers and the audience with a unique opportunity to spend time together throughout the festival. You can meet at the breakfast with the performer you have seen on the stage in the evening before and you can have a talk with them. You can discuss with the actors and others on the performances you have seen while you are sitting on the courtyard under the stars. This is what distinguishes Medrese Monofest from similar festivals all around the world.

We invite you to experience such an amazing 5 days theatre event. We surely welcome those who could stay shorter than 5 days or those who could come only for a single performance. We just suggest you to book your seat in advance if you want to join us. Please note that all the performances in non-Turkish will have Turkish surtitles and all the Turkish ones will have English surtitles.

Accommodation Price List

1 Night 2 Days 6 Plays 2 Nights 3 Days 9 Plays 3 Nights 4 Days 12 Plays 4 Nights 5 Days 13 Plays 5 Nights 6 Days 14 Plays
Your Tent 175 TL 290 TL 385 TL 480 TL 555 TL
Tent of Medrese 235 TL 345 TL 445 TL 535 TL 625 TL
Rooms for 16,8,6 Person 275 TL 395 TL 495 TL 595 TL 675 TL
Quad Room 325 TL 485 TL 595 TL 695 TL 795 TL
Double Room with toilet / bath 385 TL 585 TL 745 TL 865 TL 970 TL
Single Room with toilet / bath 445 TL 695 TL 875 TL 995 TL 1095 TL

Price List without Accommodation

Single Play 5 Plays Package Full Package – 14 Plays
Full Fare Ticket 25 TL 90 TL 200 TL
Student Ticket 15 TL 50 TL 100 TL

Fragments from the Festival Diary

Volkan Çıkıntoğlu, Festival Volunteer

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 25, 2016

Yesterday the festival started eventually by calming down the crowd that was rushing for the dinner queue, on the grass, at the bathrooms or all corners of Medrese. It must be the magic of a festival that takes place at Tiyatro Medresesi; no matter of how big it is, turning that population into a single and calm being… First we were settled down with the speech that Celal Mordeniz made in stillness and easiness that was in opposition to our panic of opening day. Inaugural speeches are important, they express the spirit of the festivals. With the speech of Celal Mordeniz, I felt we were part of something that has been growing and becoming a tradition…

***

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 26, 2016

…MonoFest’16 left behind its second day. Staying awake until late nights, being out at grass and shadows has started to happen… This is what the spirit of the festival calls for. Our tempo of watching performances is also increasing. From now on we are going to watch a long discussion and three performances each day. MonoFest calls for high concentration…

***

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 27, 2016

Yesterday the performances went along with confrontation moments, passion for being affirmed, meta fictions, plenty of applause. The audience also won the applause. The last performance ended at two o’clock in the morning. The audience enhanced the festival spirit by keeping late hours, watching three powerful performances. I guess the magic of a sleepover festival also springs from that, i.e. transformation of the audience into the subjects going beyond the deed of watching.

***

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 28, 2016

That we call festival is a giant machine; the one which gives different outputs from each of its cogwheels, ports, chimneys. I am talking about a grandioso and witty machine that is like the ones we saw in the animations by Miyazaki. That is, the amount of stories evolving around MonoFest’16 beat the ability of one single person to grasp. If I was in the soul state of matter, I could move from a group of festival population to another one, from one corner of Medrese to another one and only then I could witness all those moments… And the newspapers would say “a ghost rambles in the festival.”

***

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 29, 2016

After all is said and done, MonoFest’16 is over. The poet has said “each season has an end,” and added, “everything happened abruptly.” Yet s/he has not told how it happened, what have been gone thorough. What if s/he had told? Life has been much more than the words and all that have been gone through would be recalled as sweet memories. This is because a beautiful festival bygone. Medrese did treasure up nice people from its crew to its participants. Those nice people drove off by those nice Toros cars.

Reviews by the Participant Artists

MonoFest'16 Lover

Visiting Medrese theatre festival “Monofest’16” was an exciting experience for me and my team. Coming to Turkey, we expected that it will be usual festival in usual theatre, and we were so surprized, when we started going up to the mountains by old theatre car… And we were even more surprised when we first saw that fantastic scenery of Medrese theatre! In such a surrounding theatre cannot be the same as in the big towns… And the festival was really different – it was so lovely to spend days together with the audience, with the participants of the festival; we were also impressed by the professionalism and universality of the team of Medrese theatre – everybody could esasilly do all the works, and there is no word “impossible”… And, most important – we were feeling like being home at Medrese. Sorrounded by best friends we knew long ago, even if we came there first time! Thank You, everybody in Medrese – we felt in love to You..

Birute Mar
“Antigone” & “Lover”
Lithuanian National Drama Theater
Lithuania

***

MonoFest'16 Diva

Medrese – what a place! Peaceful, beautiful, filled with passionate, lovely people and… cutest cats ever! I’d love to take one back home (hopefully next time ; ) ). And everything, along with theatre program filled with important performances, especially for nowadays, seems like it’s one of the best worlds festivals I’ve ever been to! Thank you for the possibility. Thank you for the experience. Thank you! Please be there forever and even one day more! 

Wioleta Komar
“Diva”
Poland

***

MonoFest'16 Did You Enjoy Your Dish, Gentlemen?

The experience from Medrese is special. Not only because it´s all happening in an isolated mountain village, but also for the friendly community life. It was the first time I saw the audience staying during all the festival, and it was the first time I had a cat on stage with me. Even though the days were too hot for a man from Slovakia, the beach was close to freshen up. I really enjoyed performing in the amphitheatre. And, it was very positive to see so many young Turkish people interested in the theatre art. Teşekkürler!  

Pavol Seriš
“Did you enjoy your dish, gentlemen?”
Slovakia

***

MonoFest'16 Annes Schweigen

Participating at the Monodrama Festival in Medrese has been an unforgetable experience for me. The place is beautiful in its position and spirit. It is a place beyond dogma and patriotism in which Theater in all its variety and forms of expression is taking place. All this in a cheerful, helpful and loving way of the organizers and participants. Thank you so much for these days! 

Bea Ehlers
“Annes Schweigen”
Armenia, Germany, Turkey

***

MonoFest'16 Macbeth

Medrese Monofest’16 was for me a hugely enriching experience, both artistically and personally. A one in a million event: faultless organization, kindness and hospitality I have not encountered in a long time, wonderful, open-minded people, fantastic audience, amazing performances from fellow artists and most stunning location which enchanced the unique atmosphere of the festival. We left feeling exhilarated and alive, hoping it wasn’t our last visit to Medrese. Thank you Tiyatro Medresesi; thank you kind people and great artists!

Peter Cizmar
“Macbeth”
Divadlo Kontra
Slovakia

***

MonoFest'16 Exodus From Egypt

We returned home full of experiences. Participation in the festival was significant for us, a fun, educational and very, very exciting!!! There are no words to describe the Wonderful  and inspiring place that you built with your own hand. Place with culture, filled with an atmosphere of creativity and talent. We were glad to get to the festival, meet with the young audience, with talented artists from around the world. We were greeted with open arms. The organization was excellent. And the reactions to our play warmed our hearts. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the festival.

Hagit Bodankin
“Exodus from Egypt”
Nephesh Theater
Israel

***

MonoFest'16 Turaab

It is a privilege to witness and take part in the early years of a Festival, where everything feels new and fresh.   The setting of Medrese is enchanting and the hosts did a lovely job of making everyone feel welcome.  The audience members’ young energy, their passion for the theater and their full engagement made for wonderful talks and interactions.  In Medrese, I could sense no barrier between audience and performers, organisers and volunteers, students and instructors … everyone contributed and was part of the community.  I see Medrese – both as a place of learning and a festival venue, as a blossom with the potential and promise to grow into a field of fragrant flowers.

Lana Nasser
“Turaab”
Aat Theater & Makadam Theater
Jordan & The Netherlands

***

MonoFest'16 Theatricality

There are no words of joy to express it. One should come here, walk and look around, speak, smell and experience it. This five-year-old theater seems to have been here since forever. As if it were born to this world of the hill that called all these fantastic, theater junkies. Lonelines on the stage of Tiyatro Medresesi is of another dimension. This favourite place of mine on the face of earth evokes the words of my favourite poetess, in one of her poems I hold so dear:

Wisława Szymborska “THE BALL”

(…)

as long as we still haven’t gotten word
of better or worse mozarts,
platos, edisons somewhere,

as long as our kindness
is still incomparable,
peerless even in its imperfection,

as long as our heads packed with illusions
still pass for the only heads so packed

(…)

let’s act like very special guests of honor
at the district fireman’s ball,
dance to the beat of the local oompah band,
and pretend that it’s the ball
to end all balls.

I cant’t speak for others –
for me this is
misery and happiness enough:

just this sleepy backwater
where even the stars have time to burn
while winking at us
unintentionally.

Mateusz Nowak,
“Theatricality”
Poland

Audience Reviews

MonoFest'16 Audience

MonoFest means a lot to me. I experienced how different cultures see the world and theatre. I got ideas on those that I should take into consideration when I have the chance to participate in a festival as an actor. I also noticed those that I should take into consideration when I evaluate performances. Yet MonoFest is not just theatre for me… It means to live in nature, to eat delicious and healthy food, to socialise with foreign cultures and make friends with people from them, it means green, it means to eat on the same table and live in the same environment regardless of statutes, it means that everybody’s cloths are hanged on the same laundry line, that someone fold your cloths and left them on a chair… Maybe people are less happy, more anxious and they put on masks in their lives but there everybody treat each other politely, discreetly, understandingly and sincerely. That Medrese make people to behave in that way without resort to force is a contribution of Medrese to humanity…

Begüm Bilge

***

Here people were looking into each other’s eyes. They were smiling warmly. They were moving with an unspeakable peace and joy that stem from doing everything together. For a moment they were dining, and then they were lining up on the steps of the stone building, coming together around a person standing at the centre. That person was baring her/his soul to the people around her/him, leaving out the most beautiful, warmest, sincere, and the most aching parts from her/his soul… Then everybody was meeting on the grass at the courtyard; some were singing songs, some were occupied with doing nice works, some were laughing, having fun and some were having chat with others. And for a moment they were again coming together around a single person in a different room and something lovely was flowing from that person to them and from them to that person…  

Şahin Adıgüzel

***

Tiyatro Medresesi was really a beautiful place. Stages, dormitories, bathrooms, that green courtyard, all were very beautiful, I think. I also liked so much its architecture and the fabric of the construction… It was a nice experience for me to meet different people and share some common things… It was also beautiful to realise that you are just 20 steps away from the place you are going to sleep when the lights fade out after the performance and see the stars on the sky. Thanks for making us to live that beauty.

Cevdet Doğan

***

MonoFest'16 Audience

First of all, I am unspeakably happy for having the chance of participating in such project as MonoFest’16… From the bottom of my heart I can say that Medrese family has played a big role in making me to have one of the best times in my life… During the Festival I witnessed splendid moments, I had such moments that made me to question those books that I read and those things that I thought I saw and knew. Above all, I thank to the beauty, Tiyatro Medresesi, and I promise her that I will be back soon…

Tuna Gümeli

***

2016 MonoFest Theatre Festival, where I spent one of the most beautiful days in my summer, was so pleasant for me. I saw lots of international examples of the works that I want to do and enjoyed them. It seems that we cannot wait for 2017, keeping in our mind both the atmosphere of Medrese and the taste of performances. 

İsa Dursun

***

Imagine a place… It has walls by stone, arches, amphitheatre, high-ceiled studios with wooden roof. Cats and dogs move around, frogs jump, and a horse walk around in its courtyard… Resonance, melodies never stop. The voice of harmonica, reed, guitar, cat meow, horse whinny, words in Turkish, Polish, English, Slovakian, Persian, German, Yiddish, and Lithuanian flutter around… This is Tiyatro Medresesi… I hope to meet again for many MonoFests at Medrese…

Serra İzmirlioğlu

One-Man Bands

… The festival which offers the opportunity to respire the healing powers of nature and arts bears the name of MonoFest’16… The most important and distinguishing feature of the festival is that it hosts the audience sleepover… There is also an opportunity to meet the actor, whom you have seen on the stage the night before, at the breakfast in the morning and have a chat with her/him… The art-lovers’ discovery journeys, sometimes following an inward and sometimes an outward path, will deepen along with those conversations, exchange of ideas and feelings…

Source: Ece Saruhan, Milliyet Sanat, Ağustos ‘16

***

Three Performances Each Day

Tiyatro Medresesi is so lively during these times of the season. Workshops on dance, music, literatute and theatre on the one hand, and the groups who work on their own projects and a festival with lots of performances await for the audience on the other… First and foremost, it is not familiar to the audience the experience of watching performances in a place which offers an option for accommodation. This is also an impressive comfort to see it as an observation process and to involve in it… The fact that the place where you sleep and awake is also a performance venue also has a strong irony in itself… What we are talking about is a huge theatre space and time in which those who are physically close to Şirince and those who are paying occupational and fancy visits to the venue come together in the courtyard and watch the performances, and turn each place they reside into the stage…

Source: Fatma Onat, Halkbank Kültür Sanat

Medrese MonoFest Art Director: Celal Mordeniz
Medrese MonoFest Coordinator: Nesrin Uçarlar
Medrese MonoFest Accommodation Coordinator: Erdem Şenocak
Technical Chief: Doğu Can
Technical Crew: Mustafa Altındeğer, Ruhat İlhan, Efe Taşdelen
Translators: Yağmur Deniz Kısa, Erdem Şenocak, Nesrin Uçarlar
Photograph and Video: Yasin Almaz

Fragments from the Festival Diary

Volkan Çıkıntoğlu, Festival Volunteer

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 25, 2016

Yesterday the festival started eventually by calming down the crowd that was rushing for the dinner queue, on the grass, at the bathrooms or all corners of Medrese. It must be the magic of a festival that takes place at Tiyatro Medresesi; no matter of how big it is, turning that population into a single and calm being… First we were settled down with the speech that Celal Mordeniz made in stillness and easiness that was in opposition to our panic of opening day. Inaugural speeches are important, they express the spirit of the festivals. With the speech of Celal Mordeniz, I felt we were part of something that has been growing and becoming a tradition…

***

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 26, 2016

…MonoFest’16 left behind its second day. Staying awake until late nights, being out at grass and shadows has started to happen… This is what the spirit of the festival calls for. Our tempo of watching performances is also increasing. From now on we are going to watch a long discussion and three performances each day. MonoFest calls for high concentration…

***

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 27, 2016

Yesterday the performances went along with confrontation moments, passion for being affirmed, meta fictions, plenty of applause. The audience also won the applause. The last performance ended at two o’clock in the morning. The audience enhanced the festival spirit by keeping late hours, watching three powerful performances. I guess the magic of a sleepover festival also springs from that, i.e. transformation of the audience into the subjects going beyond the deed of watching.

***

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 28, 2016

That we call festival is a giant machine; the one which gives different outputs from each of its cogwheels, ports, chimneys. I am talking about a grandioso and witty machine that is like the ones we saw in the animations by Miyazaki. That is, the amount of stories evolving around MonoFest’16 beat the ability of one single person to grasp. If I was in the soul state of matter, I could move from a group of festival population to another one, from one corner of Medrese to another one and only then I could witness all those moments… And the newspapers would say “a ghost rambles in the festival.”

***

MonoFest'16 Diary

August 29, 2016

After all is said and done, MonoFest’16 is over. The poet has said “each season has an end,” and added, “everything happened abruptly.” Yet s/he has not told how it happened, what have been gone thorough. What if s/he had told? Life has been much more than the words and all that have been gone through would be recalled as sweet memories. This is because a beautiful festival bygone. Medrese did treasure up nice people from its crew to its participants. Those nice people drove off by those nice Toros cars.

Reviews by the Participant Artists

MonoFest'16 Lover

Visiting Medrese theatre festival “Monofest’16” was an exciting experience for me and my team. Coming to Turkey, we expected that it will be usual festival in usual theatre, and we were so surprized, when we started going up to the mountains by old theatre car… And we were even more surprised when we first saw that fantastic scenery of Medrese theatre! In such a surrounding theatre cannot be the same as in the big towns… And the festival was really different – it was so lovely to spend days together with the audience, with the participants of the festival; we were also impressed by the professionalism and universality of the team of Medrese theatre – everybody could esasilly do all the works, and there is no word “impossible”… And, most important – we were feeling like being home at Medrese. Sorrounded by best friends we knew long ago, even if we came there first time! Thank You, everybody in Medrese – we felt in love to You..

Birute Mar
“Antigone” & “Lover”
Lithuanian National Drama Theater
Lithuania

***

MonoFest'16 Diva

Medrese – what a place! Peaceful, beautiful, filled with passionate, lovely people and… cutest cats ever! I’d love to take one back home (hopefully next time ; ) ). And everything, along with theatre program filled with important performances, especially for nowadays, seems like it’s one of the best worlds festivals I’ve ever been to! Thank you for the possibility. Thank you for the experience. Thank you! Please be there forever and even one day more! 

Wioleta Komar
“Diva”
Poland

***

MonoFest'16 Did You Enjoy Your Dish, Gentlemen?

The experience from Medrese is special. Not only because it´s all happening in an isolated mountain village, but also for the friendly community life. It was the first time I saw the audience staying during all the festival, and it was the first time I had a cat on stage with me. Even though the days were too hot for a man from Slovakia, the beach was close to freshen up. I really enjoyed performing in the amphitheatre. And, it was very positive to see so many young Turkish people interested in the theatre art. Teşekkürler!  

Pavol Seriš
“Did you enjoy your dish, gentlemen?”
Slovakia

***

MonoFest'16 Annes Schweigen

Participating at the Monodrama Festival in Medrese has been an unforgetable experience for me. The place is beautiful in its position and spirit. It is a place beyond dogma and patriotism in which Theater in all its variety and forms of expression is taking place. All this in a cheerful, helpful and loving way of the organizers and participants. Thank you so much for these days! 

Bea Ehlers
“Annes Schweigen”
Armenia, Germany, Turkey

***

MonoFest'16 Macbeth

Medrese Monofest’16 was for me a hugely enriching experience, both artistically and personally. A one in a million event: faultless organization, kindness and hospitality I have not encountered in a long time, wonderful, open-minded people, fantastic audience, amazing performances from fellow artists and most stunning location which enchanced the unique atmosphere of the festival. We left feeling exhilarated and alive, hoping it wasn’t our last visit to Medrese. Thank you Tiyatro Medresesi; thank you kind people and great artists!

Peter Cizmar
“Macbeth”
Divadlo Kontra
Slovakia

***

MonoFest'16 Exodus From Egypt

We returned home full of experiences. Participation in the festival was significant for us, a fun, educational and very, very exciting!!! There are no words to describe the Wonderful  and inspiring place that you built with your own hand. Place with culture, filled with an atmosphere of creativity and talent. We were glad to get to the festival, meet with the young audience, with talented artists from around the world. We were greeted with open arms. The organization was excellent. And the reactions to our play warmed our hearts. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the festival.

Hagit Bodankin
“Exodus from Egypt”
Nephesh Theater
Israel

***

MonoFest'16 Turaab

It is a privilege to witness and take part in the early years of a Festival, where everything feels new and fresh.   The setting of Medrese is enchanting and the hosts did a lovely job of making everyone feel welcome.  The audience members’ young energy, their passion for the theater and their full engagement made for wonderful talks and interactions.  In Medrese, I could sense no barrier between audience and performers, organisers and volunteers, students and instructors … everyone contributed and was part of the community.  I see Medrese – both as a place of learning and a festival venue, as a blossom with the potential and promise to grow into a field of fragrant flowers.

Lana Nasser
“Turaab”
Aat Theater & Makadam Theater
Jordan & The Netherlands

***

MonoFest'16 Theatricality

There are no words of joy to express it. One should come here, walk and look around, speak, smell and experience it. This five-year-old theater seems to have been here since forever. As if it were born to this world of the hill that called all these fantastic, theater junkies. Lonelines on the stage of Tiyatro Medresesi is of another dimension. This favourite place of mine on the face of earth evokes the words of my favourite poetess, in one of her poems I hold so dear:

Wisława Szymborska “THE BALL”

(…)

as long as we still haven’t gotten word
of better or worse mozarts,
platos, edisons somewhere,

as long as our kindness
is still incomparable,
peerless even in its imperfection,

as long as our heads packed with illusions
still pass for the only heads so packed

(…)

let’s act like very special guests of honor
at the district fireman’s ball,
dance to the beat of the local oompah band,
and pretend that it’s the ball
to end all balls.

I cant’t speak for others –
for me this is
misery and happiness enough:

just this sleepy backwater
where even the stars have time to burn
while winking at us
unintentionally.

Mateusz Nowak,
“Theatricality”
Poland

Audience Reviews

MonoFest'16 Audience

MonoFest means a lot to me. I experienced how different cultures see the world and theatre. I got ideas on those that I should take into consideration when I have the chance to participate in a festival as an actor. I also noticed those that I should take into consideration when I evaluate performances. Yet MonoFest is not just theatre for me… It means to live in nature, to eat delicious and healthy food, to socialise with foreign cultures and make friends with people from them, it means green, it means to eat on the same table and live in the same environment regardless of statutes, it means that everybody’s cloths are hanged on the same laundry line, that someone fold your cloths and left them on a chair… Maybe people are less happy, more anxious and they put on masks in their lives but there everybody treat each other politely, discreetly, understandingly and sincerely. That Medrese make people to behave in that way without resort to force is a contribution of Medrese to humanity…

Begüm Bilge

***

Here people were looking into each other’s eyes. They were smiling warmly. They were moving with an unspeakable peace and joy that stem from doing everything together. For a moment they were dining, and then they were lining up on the steps of the stone building, coming together around a person standing at the centre. That person was baring her/his soul to the people around her/him, leaving out the most beautiful, warmest, sincere, and the most aching parts from her/his soul… Then everybody was meeting on the grass at the courtyard; some were singing songs, some were occupied with doing nice works, some were laughing, having fun and some were having chat with others. And for a moment they were again coming together around a single person in a different room and something lovely was flowing from that person to them and from them to that person…  

Şahin Adıgüzel

***

Tiyatro Medresesi was really a beautiful place. Stages, dormitories, bathrooms, that green courtyard, all were very beautiful, I think. I also liked so much its architecture and the fabric of the construction… It was a nice experience for me to meet different people and share some common things… It was also beautiful to realise that you are just 20 steps away from the place you are going to sleep when the lights fade out after the performance and see the stars on the sky. Thanks for making us to live that beauty.

Cevdet Doğan

***

MonoFest'16 Audience

First of all, I am unspeakably happy for having the chance of participating in such project as MonoFest’16… From the bottom of my heart I can say that Medrese family has played a big role in making me to have one of the best times in my life… During the Festival I witnessed splendid moments, I had such moments that made me to question those books that I read and those things that I thought I saw and knew. Above all, I thank to the beauty, Tiyatro Medresesi, and I promise her that I will be back soon…

Tuna Gümeli

***

2016 MonoFest Theatre Festival, where I spent one of the most beautiful days in my summer, was so pleasant for me. I saw lots of international examples of the works that I want to do and enjoyed them. It seems that we cannot wait for 2017, keeping in our mind both the atmosphere of Medrese and the taste of performances. 

İsa Dursun

***

Imagine a place… It has walls by stone, arches, amphitheatre, high-ceiled studios with wooden roof. Cats and dogs move around, frogs jump, and a horse walk around in its courtyard… Resonance, melodies never stop. The voice of harmonica, reed, guitar, cat meow, horse whinny, words in Turkish, Polish, English, Slovakian, Persian, German, Yiddish, and Lithuanian flutter around… This is Tiyatro Medresesi… I hope to meet again for many MonoFests at Medrese…

Serra İzmirlioğlu

One-Man Bands

… The festival which offers the opportunity to respire the healing powers of nature and arts bears the name of MonoFest’16… The most important and distinguishing feature of the festival is that it hosts the audience sleepover… There is also an opportunity to meet the actor, whom you have seen on the stage the night before, at the breakfast in the morning and have a chat with her/him… The art-lovers’ discovery journeys, sometimes following an inward and sometimes an outward path, will deepen along with those conversations, exchange of ideas and feelings…

Source: Ece Saruhan, Milliyet Sanat, Ağustos ‘16

***

Three Performances Each Day

Tiyatro Medresesi is so lively during these times of the season. Workshops on dance, music, literatute and theatre on the one hand, and the groups who work on their own projects and a festival with lots of performances await for the audience on the other… First and foremost, it is not familiar to the audience the experience of watching performances in a place which offers an option for accommodation. This is also an impressive comfort to see it as an observation process and to involve in it… The fact that the place where you sleep and awake is also a performance venue also has a strong irony in itself… What we are talking about is a huge theatre space and time in which those who are physically close to Şirince and those who are paying occupational and fancy visits to the venue come together in the courtyard and watch the performances, and turn each place they reside into the stage…

Source: Fatma Onat, Halkbank Kültür Sanat

Worldwide renowned monodramas are at Tiyatro Medresesi in August!

As the crew of Tiyatro Medresesi working on the genre of monodrama for a long period of time, we organise the II. MonoFest both to present our own pieces to our colleagues and the audience and to host significant monodrama performances at Medrese!

MonoFest’16 promises an intensive experience of theatre with 14 performances,
2 mini workshops and a panel on the genre of monodrama in 5 days.

The program includes 10 performances from 7 countries besides 4 Medrese productions. There will be a talk on the genre and 2 mini workshops open to the all residents of Medrese during the festival. Medrese MonoFest provides the performers and the audience with a unique opportunity to spend time together throughout the festival. You can meet at the breakfast with the performer you have seen on the stage in the evening before and you can have a talk with them. You can discuss with the actors and others on the performances you have seen while you are sitting on the courtyard under the stars. This is what distinguishes Medrese Monofest from similar festivals all around the world.

We invite you to experience such an amazing 5 days theatre event. We surely welcome those who could stay shorter than 5 days or those who could come only for a single performance. We just suggest you to book your seat in advance if you want to join us. Please note that all the performances in non-Turkish will have Turkish surtitles and all the Turkish ones will have English surtitles.

Accommodation Price List

1 Night 2 Days 6 Plays 2 Nights 3 Days 9 Plays 3 Nights 4 Days 12 Plays 4 Nights 5 Days 13 Plays 5 Nights 6 Days 14 Plays
Your Tent 175 TL 290 TL 385 TL 480 TL 555 TL
Tent of Medrese 235 TL 345 TL 445 TL 535 TL 625 TL
Rooms for 16,8,6 Person 275 TL 395 TL 495 TL 595 TL 675 TL
Quad Room 325 TL 485 TL 595 TL 695 TL 795 TL
Double Room with toilet / bath 385 TL 585 TL 745 TL 865 TL 970 TL
Single Room with toilet / bath 445 TL 695 TL 875 TL 995 TL 1095 TL

Price List without Accommodation

Single Play 5 Plays Package Full Package – 14 Plays
Full Fare Ticket 25 TL 90 TL 200 TL
Student Ticket 15 TL 50 TL 100 TL
Medrese MonoFest Art Director: Celal Mordeniz
Medrese MonoFest Coordinator: Nesrin Uçarlar
Medrese MonoFest Accommodation Coordinator: Erdem Şenocak
Technical Chief: Doğu Can
Technical Crew: Mustafa Altındeğer, Ruhat İlhan, Efe Taşdelen
Translators: Yağmur Deniz Kısa, Erdem Şenocak, Nesrin Uçarlar
Photograph and Video: Yasin Almaz