The Theater Company MNIMI presents the original and fascinating theatrical work “Games” of the British playwright Henry Naylor, written only in 2018. It is based on a true story, set during the 1936 Olympic Games. A cautionary tale for our times, a thought provoking and captivating play, Naylor uses history and simple dialogue to explore themes that still resonate today.
WHEN: 12th – 28th July ( Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at 21.00
WHERE: Theatre Kydonia, Ypsilantou 12, Chania
Entrance: € 12,-, for students € 10,-
Ticket pre-sale: tickets.public.gr and at the PUBLIC shop Skalidi Road in Chania
Tel. 28210 92395 and 6973005570
This play is in Greek language.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Europe is fractured; economies faltering. Anti-Semitism and right-wing populism are surging. The world’s biggest sporting event is threatened with a boycott. The year is 1936, and fencing prodigy Helene Mayer has been selected as the Nazi’s token Jewish athlete for the Berlin Games, despite having been forced to leave Germany in 1935 and resettle in the United States because she was Jewish.
When Helene Mayer is selected for the Nazis’ Olympic Squad, she realises she is fighting for much more than gold.
The play is not just about historical events but it creates a profound intersection in the psychology of the two athletes, revealing the deeper motives of their participation in the Olympics, different for each of them, and also reveals the ethical dimension of this participation, in a a time when the Nazis had already begun the pogrom against the Jews.
The role of female athlete Elene Mayer will be performed by actor Katerina Madtil and the role of Gretel Berkman actor Maria Giannaki
“Breathtaking and powerful, Henry Naylor’s Games is sharp, funny and poignant- a must see.” Edinburgh Festival Magazine. The play received an astonishing 14 five and four star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival .
Source: Theatre Kydonia