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The Backyard of Miracles

2017-2018 National Theatre of Northern Greece
The Backyard of Miracles - Iakovos Kabanellis
Opening: Lazaristes Monastery - Sokratis Karantinos Stage, 07/10/2017

The end of the 1950s. A courtyard, in a working-class neighborhood of Athens, is the meeting point of various characters from different backgrounds: an old refugee from Asia Minor who sleeps on the rooftop loaded with his mattresses; his wife who calls her lost grandson holding a slice of bread in her hand, a widow; a dreamer; a young couple at times hugging and at times quarreling, while planning to move to Australia; the neighborhood’s beauty who dreams of becoming a movie star; a plumber who will play a decisive role in the story.
This small space is home to all Greeks. Just before it collapses, a question arises: Are we experiencing a dead-end situation or a miracle?

“The Backyard of Miracles is based on the lack of stability and the sense of insecurity that characterises the life of Greek people. Everything in Greece goes up and down, flows, and changes. The common desire of Greeks is to settle somewhere, to make sure things are stable”, as highlighted by Iakovos Kambanellis in the first historical performance of the play in 1957 by the Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun.
A play, which 60 years after its first performance remains timeless, is now brought to the stage by the National Theatre of Northern Greece with new songs composed by Dionysis Tsaknis and lyrics written by Lina Nikolakopoulou.

Playwright: Iakovos Kabanellis
Director: Kostas Tsianos
Costumes: Ioulia Stavriou
Video supervision: Kleanthis Karapiperis
Music supervision: Kostas Tsianos
Assistant Director: Kiki Strataki
Second Assistant Director: Ilias Mpermperis
Production Photography: Tasos Thomoglou
The final date of performances is approximately scheduled
Lazaristes Monastery - Sokratis Karantinos Stage (07/10/2017 - 01/04/2018)
Fourteen years after his last collaboration with the National Theatre of Northern Greece, Kostas Tsianos, one of the most important Greek directors, returns in order to stage a landmark work of modern Greek dramaturgy, the “Backyard of Miracles” by Iakovos Kambanellis.
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