Edinburgh-based theatre group Ludens Ensemble are bringing their Forbidden Stories to Scotlands oldest working theatre, The Theatre Royal, Dumfries Tonight, Saturday, March 16th 2019.

Forbidden Stories is the third part of a trilogy on the themes of “Power and Collective Memory” created by the theatre group “Ludens Ensemble” and included in the programme of events of the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017.


Forbidden Stories is a multimedia theatre performance that explores the themes of exile, displacement and borders through true stories of solidarity that took place in the separated island of Cyprus. Cyprus is an island country that remains de facto partitioned in two. The intercommunal violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots that followed independence in 1960 culminated in 1974 with a failed coup de ta organized by Greek Nationalists who sought union with Greece and the subsequent intervention of the Turkish State which occupied the north part of the island. Since then the two communities remain separated.


Drawing from interviews we conducted with members of both the Turkish and Greek communities in the past two years, we have developed a theatre performance based on stories of solidarity, mutual aid and friendship that aim at transcending the current state of division in Cyprus.  Four performers bring the voices of different characters on stage in a performance that incorporates storytelling with video mapping projections, live camera snippets and music. This performance makes little use of dominant historical perspectives and rather focuses on the lived experiences of the local populace. The performance aims at creating a platform that will function as a bridge between the two communities to gradually form a common narrative about ‘life’ in “Cyprus.


Ludens Ensemble is an Edinburgh-based theatre group that works with new media creating performances that ebb and flow between the aesthetics of critical distance and immersive experience.


Directed by/ Interviews: Philippos Philippou | Co-Director/Dramaturg: Vangelis Makriyannakis | Adapted and devised by Ludens Ensemble | Music Designer Isidora Bouziouri | Cast: Adam Tompa, Persefoni Gerangelou, Jenny Logan, Isidora Bouziouri | Stage Designer: Rubén San Roman| Costume Designer: Marta Aspe | Visuals: Ludens Ensemble & Panos Baras | Lighting Designer: Ian Swinscoe| Producer: Nicholas E. Wong | Poster: Panos Baras



Theatre Royal Dumfries

Tickets: £15 Full, £12 Concession

Saturday 16/03/2019

Time: 19.30


Theatre Royal Dumfries

66-68 Shakespeare Street



United Kingdom



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