Presented by Medes Theatre
Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 February at 7.30pm
At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
“Name is like name, person is like person, time is like time. Every story that is not forgotten and is told from age to age resembles another. Everything experienced and unforgettable is a story. Every story is like a lizard’s tail. It flutters within time, like what remains from an escape. “One day something happened,” it says from where it flutters, “One day something happened…”
In the last quarter of the second half of the past century, there was a city called Mereş.
The year was 1978.
It was December, and on one of the days—something happened…”
All Tickets £15
Tuesday 13 February at 7.30pm
Wednesday 14 February at 7.30pm
Thursday 15 February at 7.30pm
Friday 16 February at 7.30pm
Saturday 17 February at 7.30pm
Performed in Kurdish (Kurmanji) with English Surtitles
Approx running time : 1 hour (no interval)
Özlem Taş (Director and Founder)
Özlem Taş graduated from Ankara University D.T.C.F Theatre – Acting Department in 2007. She worked as an actress and assistant director at Theatre Deng û Bej, which she co-founded. She worked as the manager and art committee member at Beşiktaş – Fulya Art Centre. She acted in Van State Theatre, Istanbul State Theatre, Galata Performance, Sermola Performance, Moda Sahnesi and many other groups and venues. In her professional career, she acted in TV series, commercials, and cinema films and was a presenter in many TV programmes. In addition to acting, she worked as a presenter, voice-over, drama tutor and director. In 2019, she starred in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Naz Yeni at Arcola Theatre. She worked as an assistant director in the play When you go to Ireland at the Tower Theatre. Taş, who has been living in London since March 2019, conducts her theatre production in Kurdish, Turkish and English.
Samil Yilmaz (Writer)
Şamil Yılmaz graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Theatre and Dramatic Writing. He completed his master’s degree in the same department and worked as a research assistant until he was dismissed with the Emergency Decree Law. Şamil Yılmaz is a member of Academics for Peace. In 2019, he was awarded the “Playwright of the Year” award by Savaş Dinçel Awards. Yılmaz is both a writer and director at Mek’an Sahne, which he co-founded.
Sadin Warger (Actor)
Sadin Warger studied acting at Şermola Performance in Istanbul in 2013. He worked as an actor and assistant director in groups such as Şermola Performance, Bulut Theatre, Theatre 11. He took part as an actor in cinema films and worked in many different projects. He worked as an art director assistant in series and commercial films. In some theatre plays, he worked as assistant director, lighting and decor design. Since 2021, he has been working in London, United Kingdom. Within this period, he took part in Casablanca and Immigrant Shakespeare projects as an actor and art director.
Nevena Stojkov (Movement Director)
Following her training in Musical Theatre, Nevena continued her studies in acting and trained in dance styles under the Hip Hop umbrella in London and Europe. After working as a choreographer and performer in independent theatre projects, whilst also teaching dance, acting and yoga, she chose to bring together her skills and study MFA Movement Directing and Teaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Nevena is leading into her 2nd year of studies with an interest in improvisation and composition. Her work as Movement Director includes Coram Boy, The Little Prince, The Boy Who Fell in a Book at the Tower Theatre; Our Town and She Kills Monsters at Guildford School of Acting; Weeverfish and In The Solitude of the Cotton Fields at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; On the Line at Camden People’s Theatre and You’re So F***ing Croydon for Croydonites Theatre festival.
Serdar Geren (Lighting Designer)
Between 1995-2003, he started his career as a stage, lighting and technical staff in Diyarbakır State Theatre and worked with many light and decor designers, especially İzzettin Biçer. He received his bachelor’s degree at Atatürk University Performing Arts Stage Design Department between 2004-2008. In 2008, he worked as a permanent set designer at Diyarbakır City Theatre. In 2017, he resigned from his position by refusing to accept the trustee appointment to Diyarbakır Municipality. In 2019, he undertook the artistic direction of the Tosca Opera adapted into Kurdish in partnership with Amsterdam Theatre Rast and Amet City Theatre. Between 2022-2023, he worked in the field of lighting technique and control at Istanbul Moda Stage. In the same period, he supported Theatre Jiyana Nu and many independent theatre groups in lighting and decor design. In 2023, Geren, who settled in London with the global talent visa, took on the lighting control and technical responsibility of nearly 50 plays, and made decor and light design for nearly 30 plays at home and abroad.
Fatoş Aslan (Video Designer)
Aslan graduated from Konya Selçuk University, Department of Television and Cinema in 2010. She worked as an assistant director and director at TRT for more than 10 years. Aslan, who worked with Disney Plus for many years, has short films titled Dengbêjler (2009), Kayıp (2011), Sivrisinek (2019). Aslan, who has spent the last few years focusing on her own projects, still lives in Istanbul and continues to work as a screenwriter and assistant director in the cinema industry.
Graphic Designer : Rahime Orak
Translator : Alan Ciwan
Assistant Director : Gülistan Sarbas
Surtitles: Serhat Goren
Video, Music Operator : Ali Cebe
Stage Manager : Kadriye Orman
Assistant Stage Manager : Gönül Cengiz