By Peri Sualp…….
Last week was an important date for all of the theatre world and theatre lovers as 27th March was World Theatre Day. In my school – English School of Kyrenia (ESK) – theatre and therefore acting and drama is highly valued.
Every year there are several theatre plays and musicals which are staged in ESK. As a person who is in love with acting I am in a drama club in addition to our drama lessons within the curriculum. Last week we did pop-up performances all week long to the school which was very educative and entertaining to us as club members and also to the other students in the school.
We have couple of valuable drama teachers at ESK and I thank them for all the things they teach us and for applying innovative drama in our school. I also specially thank Ms Oya Akin, the Drama Coordinator, for the time she spent with me for an interview. Here is some information about her and her opinion on theatre.
Peri: How do you feel about acting and performing an act?
Oya Akin: Theatre is a passion for me, a journey I started 18 years ago as an actor and to which I added teaching 8 years ago…
Peri: How do you feel when you’re acting?
Oya Akin: I love acting… but what I especially love is the process of creating a character, getting to know the character; the obvious “character building” questions of who, where, when, how, and then the more detailed, even endless questions: ‘what do they like’, ‘what don’t they like’, ‘what do they fear’, ‘what do they hope for’ etc.
Peri: What does drama teach you?
Oya Akin: Drama teaches me about myself, about others, my/our weaknesses and strengths… teaches me how to work with others, explore and create together… to understand and accept… to build and grow.
Peri: Why did we do the pop-up performances last week in ESK?
Oya Akin: As the “World Theatre Drama Club” leaders Ms Taner and I wanted to give our students a glimpse into various World Theatres… We explored the roots of theatre which actually started as Storytelling… We looked at African and Aboriginal storytelling rituals and also worked on a Frantic Assembly “Chair Duet” sequence which we then performed on various days (and in different spaces) throughout the week.
Peri: What is world theatre day and why is it celebrated?
Oya Akin: 27th March World Theatre is celebrated all over the world.
“Since 1962 World Theatre Day has been celebrated by ITI Centres, ITI Cooperating Members, theatre professionals, theatre organizations, theatre universities and theatre lovers all over the world on the 27th of March. This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.”
Peri: What do we do on that date?
Oya Akin: The tradition of 27th March World Theatre Day is that all over the world, theatre groups and companies open their doors/performances to the public free of charge… Theatre for all… and lots of performances and theatre plays actually premier on the 27th…
Oya Akin: Why not!
Peri: If you could describe DRAMA in one word, what would it be?
Oya Akin: Lifestyle… Passion!
Video prepared by Y10 ESK student Deniz Ömer