Theatro Technis

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Theatro Technis is a performance venue located in north London notable for presenting ancient Greek drama,[1] performing plays that touch the UK Cypriot Greek community,[2] providing a platform for visiting foreign language productions,[3] and for hosting the London Greek Film Festival.[4]

History[edit]

Founded by George Eugeniou in 1957 together with a group of Cypriot Greek artists which includes Andreas Markou, Stelios Kyriacou, Andy Lysandrou,Spyros Kyprianou, Eugeniou's wife Maroula to serve the needs of the Greek Cypriot community[5] this in house producing theatre apart from hosting visiting productions has become an established part of the multi-cultural theatre landscape of London

Performances and reception[edit]

Ancient Greek dramas directed by Eugeniou at Theatro Technis include: Lysistrata, Prometheus Bound,[6] Oh Democracy!, Medea,[7][8][9] Bacchae, Oedipus at Colonus, The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, The Phoenician Women, Antigone, and The Frogs.[10] Michael Billington of The Guardian described Eugeniou's modern adaptation of Medea called A Hole in the Heart in January "As a production, it grabs you by the cojones".[11]

Theatro Technis productions dealing with social and political issues that touch the local Cypriot community include: Bloody Guarantors, One in Seven ,The Vandals Are Coming, Dowry with Two White Doves, Afrodite Unbound,[12] The National Engagement,[13] A Revolutionary Nicknamed Rosevelt,[14] The Best of Tofias, Contract, Hands Tied, Tied Hand, Gringland, Searching for the Lemons, The Fire Burns where it Falls, and Two Lives and Cyprus Trilogy.[15]

Visiting companies[edit]

Visiting companies have performed foreign language performances of `La Casa de Bernada Alba` , `Le Petit Prince` and work by Japan's Mugensha Theatre company who stated; " Theatro Technis booked us. The founder, George Eugeniou, is a Cypriot, so I think he was sympathetic to foreign dramatists such as us.[16], premieres of international plays including The Siamese Twins by Griselda Gambaro, Chekov's The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and King Lear, and Moliere's Tartuffe.[17] Contemporary British plays have included political satire including The Madness of George Dubya, reviewed by Michael Billington of The Guardian : "Satire is all but dead on the London stage, so this show by Justin Butcher deserves the warmest of welcomes..... it had a packed house at this north London fringe theatre cheering it to the echo....what Butcher captures well is the insanity of a situation where, by making a military strike against terror, we actually increase its likelihood".[18]

Past members of Theatro Technis[edit]

Andreas Markou, Stelios Kyriacou, Andy Lysandrou, Spyros Kyprianou, Eugeniou's wife Maroula Eugeniou,[19] Peter Polycarpou,[20] Eve Polycarpou of Martha and Eve[21] Angelique Rockas,[22] Anna Savva,[23] Alkis Kritikos,[24] George Savvides,[25] and Jackie Skarvellis[26] among others.

Location[edit]

Theatro Technis is at 26 Crowndale Rd, Camden Town, London. The closest tube station is Mornington Crescent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Theatro Technis (London, Greater London, England) | APGRD". www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  2. ^ Theatro Technis (2018). "Theatro Technis History". Unfinished Histories – via unfinishedhistories.com.
  3. ^ Nobuko Tanaka (30 October 2008). "Going abroad to make it at home Mugensha Thaetre Company". Japan Times – via .japantimes.co.jp.
  4. ^ "London Greek Film Festival". Ert Television. 22 June 2018 – via ert.gr.
  5. ^ "George Eugeniou on the History of Theatro Technis". Theatro Technis. 2018 – via youtube.com.
  6. ^ Jim Hiley (February 1979). "Prometheus Bound". Time Out – via Internet Archive.
  7. ^ Tom Vaughan (28 Jan 1982). "Medea's Revenge". The Morning Star – via Internet Archive.
  8. ^ https://archive.org/details/ScreengrabNedChailletMedeaTheTimesReview21Jan1982Pg13
  9. ^ https://archive.org/details/Screengrab1SundayTelegraphWomenssWorldsMidPage (24 January 1982)
  10. ^ Theatro Technis (2018). "Theatro Technis ancient Greek Drama archive Classics Centre at the University of Oxford". APGRD – via apgrd.ox.ac.uk.
  11. ^ Michael Billington (17 January 2004). "Hole in the Heart". The Guardian – via theguardian.com.
  12. ^ "Afrodite Unbound, Anna Savva and Angelique Rockas". Theatro Technis. TA NEA. June 1982 – via Archive.org.
  13. ^ https://archive.org/details/AnniversaryOfTheatroTechnis
  14. ^ Vivien Gantry (July 1982). "A Revolutionary Nicknamed Roosevelt". CityLimits magazine – via archive.org.
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s-Gfs0oeFk
  16. ^ Nobuko Tanaka (30 October 2008). "Going abroad to make it at home Mugensha Thaetre Company". Japan Times – via .japantimes.co.jp.
  17. ^ "Theatro Technis Past Productions". Theatro Technis. 2018 – via theatrotechnis.com.
  18. ^ Michael Billington (16 January 2003). "The Madness of George Dubya". The Guardian.
  19. ^ Theatro Technis (2018). "Unfinished Histories" – via unfinishedhistories.com.
  20. ^ Theatro Technis (2018). "Peter Polycarpou in Theatro Technis Unfinished Histories". Unfinished Histories – via unfinishedhistories.com.
  21. ^ C Kenward (2011). "The Hecuba Gap" (PDF). University of Warwick – via warwick.ac.uk.
  22. ^ Kings College University of London (August 2017). "Greek Diaspora Archives". Kings Collections – via kingscollections.org.
  23. ^ Cosh Omar (2004). "The Battle of Green Lanes". Stratford East – via books.google.co.uk.
  24. ^ APGRD (2018). "Alkis Kritikos Theatro Technis". Oxford University Centre of Classics – via apgrd.ox.ac.uk.
  25. ^ Basil Panayis. "Faces George Savvides". Hellenic Television – via youtube.com.
  26. ^ Aristophanes. "The Frogs". Theatro Technis – via Britishtheatreguide.info.

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