The 42nd Greek Festival of Sydney will include the presentation of the captivating theatrical comedy, ‘Opou GIS kai PATRIS’ written by the esteemed lawyer and author Konstantinos Kalymnios.
This engaging production will be staged at the Greek Theatre – Mandouridion in Marrickville, featuring the talented duo Stamatis Tzelepis and Elena Tsefala, for four performances between 1st and 3rd of March 2024.
This thought-provoking play delves into the essence of the first generation of immigrants, exploring the gradual fading of their unique way of life over time.
Konstantinos Kalymnios, the playwright, was inspired by the disappearing customs and behavioral codes of those who laid the foundations of the Greek community. The story is a heartfelt attempt to preserve the distinctive dialect and traditions of his grandparents’ micro-community in Essendon, Moonee Ponds, and Ascot Vale in Victoria.
Festival Chair, Nia Karteris has expressesed tremendous excitement in bringing this remarkable theatrical experience to Australia.
“We are thrilled to showcase ‘Opou GIS kai PATRIS’ as part of our 42nd Greek Festival of Sydney. This production is a testament to the richness of Greek culture, and we are honoured to host such a talented cast and crew. The play not only resonates with the historical narrative of the Greek immigrant experience but also adds a layer of humour that will undoubtedly captivate and entertain our audience.”
The play features the Epirotic dialect, with elements from various parts of Greece, providing a rich linguistic and cultural experience for the audience.
The performance is not only a portrayal of the migrant experience but also includes segments commenting on the current situation in Greece from various perspectives—historical and beyond.
In essence, ‘Opou GIS kai PATRIS’ is a historical retrospective, exploring common points that define us throughout time and, of course, offering a generous dose of humor.
Event: ‘Opou GIS kai PATRIS’
Dates: Friday 1 March – Sunday 3 March, 2024.
Times: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm | Sunday, 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
Venue: The Greek Theatre – Mantouridion, Addison Road Community Centre, Bldg 36, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.
Language: Greek (with English surtitles.
Ticket Price: $40 (plus booking fee)