On Sunday, 24 July the third instalment of Greek Community of Melbourne’s Creative Drama and Arts Theatre performance, titled ‘MόNοι’ (Alone) took to the stage of the Greek Centre, in the heart of Melbourne.
Adapted for theatre by Australian born director of Greek background Jeremy Artis, ‘MoNoi’ is centered around the idea of belonging, based on a compilation of monologues and poems from Greek and global authors.
The actors performed iconic works by poets Lena Kitsopoulou, Yiannis Ritsos, Giorgos Maniotis, Konstantinos Kavafis, Marios Pontikas, Dionisis Savvopoulos, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, William Shakespeare, Azin Nesin, Tennessee Williams, Federico Garcia Lorca, Roger Vitrac and Christopher Durang.
An audience of 80 people, a mix of first, second and third generation Greek Australians as well as newly arrived Greeks interacted with the actors, sharing stories, perspective and emotions.
‘MoNoi’, first held in February, was staged at the Fairfield Amphitheatre and garnered overwhelming community support, creating an open dialogue, using alternative methods of engagement with the spectator implemented by Greek Community of Melbourne Coordinator Katerina Poutachidou supported by Delphi Bank.
Anyone interested in participating in future productions can contact firstname.lastname@example.org – Native Greek and English speakers are accepted.