“Alarme,” a play directed by Theodoros Terzopoulos, delves into the riveting relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, bringing to life their power struggles and unspoken desires. With its original cast and creative team, this theatrical masterpiece continues to captivate audiences worldwide, offering a profound reflection on sovereignty, identity, and the human condition.
What is the play “Alarme” about?
“Alarme” is a compelling theatrical production directed by Theodoros Terzopoulos, exploring the tumultuous relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Set in a historical context, the play portrays their rivalry, power struggles, and unspoken desires, bringing to life the complex dynamics between two of history’s iconic queens.
A Theatrical Exploration of Power and Desire
In a striking display of theatrical genius, “Alarme” emerges once again to captivate audiences with its profound narrative. Directed by the illustrious Theodoros Terzopoulos, this performance will grace the stage of Rialto Theatre, capping off the month’s events. This endeavor also serves as a homage to Terzopoulos, whose groundbreaking work has earned him global recognition alongside directors such as Brook, Grotowski, Suzuki, and Wilson.
Initially premiering in Athens in 2010, “Alarme” garnered widespread praise and captivated theatre-goers for three consecutive seasons. A decade has passed, yet the production retains its original cast and creative team, an enduring testament to its resonant power. Now, it embarks on a journey to enchant global audiences at festivals and theatres worldwide, consistently earning critical acclaim.
The Tumultuous Ties of Monarchy
At the heart of “Alarme” is the intricate and volatile relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Though history notes that their paths never crossed in life, the play delves into their fraught dynamic, a dance of power, envy, and unspoken longing. The narrative illuminates the intricate ties that bind them, driven by a rivalry that transcended their pursuit of the throne.
The portrayal of these historical figures transcends the personal and ventures into the realm of the symbolic. The queens, embodied by the consummate artistry of Sophia Hill, Aglaia Pappa, and Tasos Dimas, engage in a battle of wills and desires that hints at an underlying erotic tension. Their struggle, marked by a paradoxical push for unity and distinction, ascends to a crescendo of inevitable ruin.
An Artistic Milestone
“Alarme” holds a revered place in contemporary theatre, considered a landmark work that continues to challenge and inspire. The performance at Rialto Theatre is part of a broader Tribute to Terzopoulos, celebrating his contribution to the dramatic arts. This event is a collaboration between the theatre and the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of Cyprus University of Technology, with support from the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute.
As a complement to the performance, a workshop titled “An Introduction to Terzopoulos’ Method” will be conducted by Savvas Stroumbos on November 27. This event is tailored for actors, actresses, and drama school students, offering a glimpse into the creative process that underpins Terzopoulos’ work.
An Invitation to the Rialto Stage
Enthusiasts of theatre and devotees of historical drama are cordially invited to witness this stirring portrayal. “Alarme” promises an unforgettable evening of profound reflection on sovereignty, identity, and the human condition.
- Date and Time: Saturday, November 25, 2023, at 8:30 PM
- Location: Rialto Theatre, Limassol
- Tickets: €15-20
- Language: Performed in Greek with English surtitles
The production’s return to the stage, replete with the passion and intensity that marked its original run, is a testament to the timeless allure of theatrical storytelling.
- “Alarme” is a play directed by Theodoros Terzopoulos that explores the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, showcasing their power struggles and unspoken desires.
- The play, originally premiering in Athens in 2010, retains its original cast and creative team, and continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
- “Alarme” delves into the intricate and volatile relationship between the two queens, highlighting their rivalry, envy, and underlying erotic tension.
- The play is considered a landmark work in contemporary theatre and is part of a broader tribute to Terzopoulos.
- Enthusiasts of theatre and historical drama are invited to witness this profound reflection on sovereignty, identity, and the human condition at Rialto Theatre.