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Lasts app. 55’; no intermission.
Greek with Turkish surtitle.


  • Direction, Scenic Installation & Composition: Theodoros Terzopoulos
  • Costume Design: LOUKIA
  • Music: Panagiotis Velianitis
  • Light Design: Theodoros Terzopoulos, Konstantinos Bethanis
  • Hair Styling: Dimitris Palaiologou
  • Technical Director: Konstantinos Bethanis
  • Execution of Scenic Installation: Charalampos Terzopoulos
  • Production: Maria Vogiatzi
  • Performers: Tasos Dimas (Narrator), Aglaia Pappa (Mary Stuart), Sophia Hill (Elizabeth)

Theodoros Terzopoulos explores a conflict which has had an enormous impact upon art history and has influenced writers and especially composers profoundly in the first play of his trilogy Alarme; the struggle for the throne between Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England. The story contains many clashes between Mary Stuart, who is a ‘threat’ to the established order with her legitimate claim on both the Scottish and English thrones, and Elizabeth who would go to any length to keep her reign.

Terzopoulos had brought Encore, the third play of his trilogy to Istanbul audiences last year, and is now concluding the Istanbul tour of his trilogy by staging Alarme and Amor at the festival this year. Alarme reveals the conflict between the two women based on their ‘official’ correspondence. The plot of the play is fueled by the inevitable climax of the narrative, from direct conflict. In fact, it is not the two women that are in conflict but the attitude, manner, and even the maneuverability of the feminine and masculine... In Alarme, he builds his story on the fatal conflict between hatred and violence and the flip side of these; the desire for fusion and the absolute love that feeds this conflict. The excellent performances of Aglaia Pappa, Sophia Hill, and narrator Tasos Dimas complement the brilliance of Terzopoulos.