The theater company TheatrAction presented the play ofÂ Aristophanes, “Peace” in front of hundreds of refugees in theÂ Refugee Relocation Center in Diavata and the Accommodation Center inÂ New Redestos onÂ Thursday, August,25 and Sunday, September 11.
Children and adults embraced the show, laughed with the movements of the actors,Â listened to the different musical textures of the songs and the music of the show, touchedÂ the costumes of the actors and the sets of the show, read the program edited in ArabicÂ by our partner and interpreter of the REACT program and in the end they saidÂ goodbye to us, running towards us with enthusiast happy voices during our departureÂ from the Center.
This moment as well as the scene where a child refugee from SyriaÂ soughtÂ out our interpreter to say “Thank you for bringing us the theater”, all of us whoÂ were there will keep it deep inside our hearts.
The project, adapted and directed by Despina Saroglou, is a co-production of YMCAÂ Thessaloniki and TheatrAction theater company. The directorial line taken by MrsÂ Saroglou with physical theater elements, music, puppets, masks and a summary of theÂ work was translated into Arabic, enabled the participants to come closer to ancientÂ Greek drama and Greek culture.
The YMCA as part of the actions for refugees Â«React For LifeÂ», gives this time theÂ opportunity for residents in Refugee Hospitality Centers children and adults toÂ experience Aristophanes, the great ancient Greek comic playwright, through a greatÂ and classic play, the "PEACE". Aristophanes not only mentions the suffering andÂ devastation of war in his play but also points out the longing of man for a better lifeÂ and brings out the greatness that a happy everyday moment can offer but also theÂ value of the vision for a fairer and more humane world. Aristophanes manages, withÂ his weapon of satire, a key ingredient of comedy, to talk about more serious issuesÂ such as punishment, war, alliances and warmongering but offers the viewer laugh,Â euphoria, optimism and hope.
The performance is part of the YMCA action for refugees Â«React For LifeÂ».
Moreover YMCA Thessaloniki is a partner in the REACT program, which is a projectÂ funded by UNHCR with lead partner the Municipality of Thessaloniki and isÂ temporarily hosting refugees seeking asylum or relocation.