NTNG presents "Orphans", a play by Dennis Kelly, the award-winning Irish scriptwriter renowned in Greece, who has been translated into several languages. The play is directed by Takis Tzamargias.

Opening: Saturday, April 14th 2018, at the Foyer of Society for Macedonian Studies.

The play is not appropriate for children under 15 years of age.

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This great director, through his long career and contribution to the Greek theatrical scene, stood out with the play “Our Class” by Tadeusz Slobodzianek. Tzamargias directed Steven King’s “Misery” for the National Theatre of Greece, which has been successfully staged at Ilisia  ̶  Volanakis. Takis Tzamargias arrives at NTNG with an equally powerful and contemporary play that raises questions, poses dilemmas and causes concerns about the violence and racism of today’s societies.

A few words about the play

One house. One family. One couple; a man and a woman. Her brother. By the end of the play, these three individuals will discover what a limit  is and how it can be crossed, how the lines that define a justified act are drawn and gradually fade, only to be drawn again, fainter, until there are no more limits between reason and madness, bigotry and crime. (content written for NTNG’s program by Vicky Angelaki, Associate Professor of Film, Theatre and Television atthe University of Reading, United Kingdom.)

This modern and cryptic play by Dennis Kelly, one of the most interesting voices in contemporary British drama, triumphed at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe (Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards) in 2009. Since then, the play has been performed in dozens of European stages, reaching as far as Australia and Hong Kong.

Director’s note

There are different ways of making an orphan, but which one ends up costing us the most? Which sort of orphanhood poses the greatest threat to our lives? Orphanhood by death, by abandonment, or the more misleading scenario in which the welfare system makes promises but fails to keep them? The play explores the personal responsibility and social conscience of each of us when our families and its interests are threatened directly or indirectly in a society past the verge of moral bankruptcy.

Its protagonists, familiar yet distant, struggle to achieve stability for their family when everything around them is fluid and unsettled. A transgressive act enters their home and family to reveal their rotten foundations. Over an evening on which the couple are celebrating the coming of their second child—in a strict unity of time and place—their home is torn apart and commitments and ideologies with it. Each of the characters will present their arguments using rhetorical devices and specious ideologies, but will be forced to reconsider and reject them just moments later. Then, stripped quite bare, they will be sent into the void.

When our children’s safety is at stake, how fine can the line be separating us from transgressive behaviours? And what else can we expect but the void when morality is set aside to protect a family’s vested interests? What sort of resistance can they mount? What choices can they make to get on with their lives? By the end, everyone and everything has changed including us, the onlookers. Questions have received contradictory answers and ethical dilemmas remain unresolved.

And then what? How can we continue? In the play’s dark universe, the power of theatre is set against hope and light, and it is this confrontation that drives the on-stage action. A journey towards self-knowledge for the protagonists and for us, too, as the audience. A journey which stirs our empathy and compassion for the Other, the foreigner, the one who «returns home, to his wife and children», to his family.

I must thank the Artistic Director of the NTNG, Yannis Anastasakis, for giving me the opportunity to embark on this journey and direct Orphans, a multivalent, ideologicallycharged work which transcends the on-stage act and becomes an act of life. Of course, my thanks also go out to my companions on the journey, the three wonderful actors, the theatre staff, and everyone else who contributed in some way.
“ORPHANS” by Dennis Kelly

Translation: Koralia Sotiriadou
Director: Takis Tzamargias
Sets  ̶  Costumes: Edouard Georgiou
Music: Giorgos Christianakis
Movement Consultant: Froso Korrou
Lighting: Stratos Koutrakis
Assistant Director: Zaxaroula Oikonomou
Assistant Set Designer  ̶  Costume Designer: Danai Pana
Second Assistant Set Designer  ̶  Costume Designer: Thrasivoulos Kalaitzidis
Assistant Lighting Designer: Maria Ossa, Eleni Tzimika, Georgia Tselepi
Production Photography: Tasos Thomoglou
Production Coordinator: Valentini Kalpini

Cast: Christos Diamantoudis (Liam), Eleni Thimiopoulou (Helen), Christos Stilianou (Danny)

The following interns from the School of Drama (Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) also participated in the production: Maria Menteridou as Second Assistant Director, Ioanna Ntatsi as Third Assistant Director and Chrisanthi Tsolaki as Fourth Assistant Director. 

Date and Time:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 9 p.m.


General admission: 5€

Regular ticket: 10€
Discount ticket: 8€ (For students and people 65-years-old and older)
Group ticket: 7€ (For reservations of 20 people and more)

Regular ticket: 13€
Discount ticket: 8€ (For students and people 65-years-old and older)
Group ticket: 7€(For reservations of 20 people and more)

UNEMPLOYED: (for all productions of NTNG) Free admission
Friday, Saturday, Sunday (limited number of seats)
Requires phone reservation

If there are available seats, seating is also available for those with free admission cards from ESIEMTH, ESIEA, SEI, the Theatre School of the Aristotle University and Drama Schools.

DISABLED PEOPLE: Free admission



NOTE: All discount tickets (Students, People over 65 years of age, Multimember families, Teachers, Professors) are in effect only by purchasing the tickets at NTNG’s Box offices.

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