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Lake Van, Eastern Turkey. Meryem, a fifteen-year-old rape victim, is accused of shaming her family. Cemal, her cousin, is tasked with an honour killing. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they encounter Irfan, a troubled professor in search of a new life…

In the award-winning Bliss, Zülfü Livaneli pits tradition against modernity, East against West, and weaves an extraordinary story along the dividing lines of modern-day Turkey.

This brand new musical adaptation blends traditional forms with authentic Anatolian instruments. Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen directs the world premiere production, playing in London for 3 nights only prior to a European tour.

Cast: Tuncay Çağıl, Zeynep Er, Ezgi Erol, Hakan Güner, Serhat Tutumluer, Sibel Tüzün

Text: Zülfü Livaneli
Book & Lyrics: Simon Reade
Music: Bora Ebeoğlu & Cengiz Onural
Direction: Mehmet Ergen
Movement Director: Depi Gorgogianni
Additional Lyrics: KS Lewkowicz
Lyrics in Turkish: Ezgi Erol
Translation: Ayşıl Akşehirli & Mehmet Ergen
Musical Supervisor: KS Lewkowicz
Lighting Design: Richard Williamson
Sound Design: Neil McKeown
Costume Design: Gül Sağer
Producer: Lerzan Pamir

A production by Talimhane Tiyatrosu and Arcola Theatre.

  • Dates : 30/03/2017 – 01/04/2017
  • Location : Arcola Theatre, London