Lasts app. 55’; no intermission.
Suitable for ages +13.
- Production: İstanbul Theatre Festival
- Written by: Ceren Ercan
- Directed by: Yelda Baskın
- Dramaturgy: Ceren Ercan
- Stage and Light Design: Kerem Çetinel
- Choreography: Melih Kıraç
- Poster Design: Bülent Erkmen
- Sound and Music Design: Başak Günak (Ah Kosmos!)
- Performers: Yiğit Sertdemir, Ecem Uzun
This play was commissioned as part of the Co-Production project implemented in 2020 by BKM, DasDas, ENKA Sanat, İKSV and Zorlu PSM with the mission of bringing new works to Turkish theater. The play, produced by the Istanbul Theater Festival, will have its world premiere at the festival.
Protect Me From Punches, looking at the ‘cancel culture’ that has emerged through new media in recent years through the eyes of two people who try to be humourists, lays up new media’s promise of justice and change for discussion as well as the different dynamics in which the 'word' has been confined to today. Two people from different generations cross paths on an ‘open mic’ night; they begin to think about the narration of personal experiences and the limits of humour. While the culture of lynching continues to exist today through social media, the play written by Ceren Ercan and directed by Yelda Baskın asks the entire country a question from a pub where very few people stop by: ‘What is freedom and for whom?’ Protect Me From Punches meets the audience as a production by İstanbul Theatre Festival under the scope of the co-production project initiated to bring new works to the Turkish theatre and to support the creation and production processes of writers, directors and actors by five institutions that influence our art and culture life.