First performance by international theatrical group
The first performance by EVROPI, ‘Plays of life, words of stage’ was held
last Sunday in Hotel de Wereld. Stefanos Karidakis, a professional theatre
director, came for two weeks from Greece to help with the production. His
efforts were noticeable. The three one-act plays were skilfully performed,
especially when you know that the group came up with the idea for the
performance only three weeks ago.
The theatrical group was founded last year with the idea that it would be a
multicultural forum within which students could interact. Created on the
platform of the ISOW and supported by the Greek Association of Wageningen,
members include current and former students and employees of Wageningen UR.
The first piece, Chekhov’s The Harmfulness of Tobacco, is about a hen-
pecked husband whose scientific lecture about smoking turns into a humorous
and at the same time tragic ramble about his own unhappy life. Nikos
Kalogera, who said he likes to express feelings through theatre, played the
role of the husband with the requisite pathos. Another powerful first
performance also went into the play Uncommitted written by the American
Tennessee Williams. Vaso Palli and Nika Ntura performed in Greek. At the
end of the play the mother blows the candle out. The lights dim and the
luxurious elegance of the film star’s living room is transformed into an
old-fashioned room, setting the scene for the last piece. Once again
Russian humour, with Chekhov’s Proposal in which Aris Giannakopoulos plays
a nervous hypochondriac trying to propose to Natalya (Athina Esveld).
Before he even gets to pop the question their discussion becomes a
disagreement and eventually a dispute about a field that both consider
their own, and the intended proposal never materialises. If the laughter
was anything to go by the audience enjoyed the third piece, which was
enlivened by the props. Athina Esveld: “We’d practised really well, but it
was a different vase for the real show. When I threw it on the ground in
anger the pieces of broken glass flew into the audience!