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NTNG’s Children’s Stage: “Petros’ War” by Alki Zei at Vassiliko Theatre (18/10/2018)

Vassiliko Theatre
“Petros' War” by Alki Zei
Directed by Takis Tzamargias

DATES: 21/10/2018 – 15/05/2019
  • Tuesday to Friday at 10.30 (Schools)
  • Every Sunday at 11:00 (General public)
RUNNING TIME: 120 min. (including interval)
TICKET SALES: NTNG Box Offices (Τ. 2315 200 200) | | Τ. 11876 
Director’s Note
Alki Zei’s play takes place on the stage of the NTNG, and although it refers to the horrors of the war and of the occupation in Athens, it is not limited to it, it transcends it and it acquires an ecumenical dimension for the children all over the world.

Petros, an elderly person today, recalls memories, animating snapshots of his childhood and teenage life in a difficult period of history, when his homeland was held by a foreign conqueror, causing deprivation, hunger and death. With his tiny lens, he sheds light on people, relationships, ideas, he changes opinions, he demolishes facts and stereotypes, and through his wandering, he makes us look at the children of the war on our planet, the hardships, the hunger and the deaths, the hot spots full of children of our neighbouring Syria and he valiantly and vigorously encourages us not to lose faith in the battle we have to fight “... for a new life”, to find the optimism and the smile that we lose little by little. It reminds us that in difficult times, when ideas and values dominate, we can be excited about our country’s “little things”.


Our performance, following the footsteps of my former productions of this play in Cyprus and Athens, has an obligation: to shed light, through the eyes of Petros, on the paces of the children of the Greek North and children all over the world, children whose life is turned upside down, from one moment to another, and who have become witnesses and victims of a world that is becoming more and more violent. How tremendously great “History” defines little “history” and how it deregulates social life and affects the experience of a family.

In this third staging, the director aspires to maintain the elements of the power and the vigour of the two previous attempts at a textual (adaptation by Savvas Kyriakidis and Takis Tzamargias) and an artistic level (music by Dimitris Zavros, sets by Edouard Georgiou) in Athens and in Cyprus and to infect it with the ethos and the passion of the NTNG’s actors and collaborators, deepening even more on Alki’s timeless messages ...for a better world!

Adapted by: Savvas Kyriakidis, Takis Tzamargias
Directed by: Takis Tzamargias
Set-Costumes: Edouard Georgiou
Music: Dimitris Zavros
Movement: Froso Korrou
Lighting: Stelios Tzolopoulos
Music Instruction: Panagiotis Barlas
Video Art: Christos Dimas, Ada Liakou
Assistant Director: Dimitris Tsesmelis
Second Assistant Director: Christodoulos Andreou
Assistant Set-Costume Designer: Danai Pana
Second Assistant Set-Costume Designer: Maria Ossa
Production Photography: Tasos Thomoglou
Production Coordinator: Eva Koumandraki

Lefteris Angelakis: Achilleas
Iordanis Aivazoglou: Jurter | Agarinos | Psileas
Panagiota Bimpli: Rita
Manolis Foudoulis: Interpreter | Soura
Giannis Grezios: Petros
Dimitris Kartokis: Uncle Angelos | Italian soldier
Aigli Katsiki: Drosoula | Puppeteer
Dimitris Kolovos: Grandfather
Anna Kyriakidou: Mother
Vasilis Papadopoulos: Sotiris
Katerina Plexida: Antigone | Puppeteer)
Polyxeni Spyropoulou: Mrs Leventi
Eva Sofronidou: Nioura | Red cross lady | Girl
Stergios Tzaferis: Father
Dimitris Tsesmelis: Mr Loukatos | Mike | Garibaldi | Italian soldier
Ioannis Varvaresos: Giannis | Dog