“Noises Off” by Michael Frayn
16 OCT 2018
For high school students
This year at the Stegi all Noises are Offstage! The stage rotates by 180 degrees and the audience witness the pandaemonium that reigns backstage, as a troupe are trying to stage a theatrical farce.
Photo © Andreas Simopoulos
A veritable pandaemonium reigns backstage during any theatrical performance—even more so when that performance is a theatrical farce! In “Noises Off” nothing goes according to plan; sets are shaky, costumes get ripped, actors forget their lines, stage hands fall down the stairs, and sardine dishes get mixed up with flower bouquets.
Taking his cue from the comedy convention of “what goes on backstage”, Michael Frayn wrote the classic farce “Noises Off” in 1982, inviting audiences to take a sneak peek at the agonizing efforts of a theatrical troupe to keep their show going, just as everything seems to be falling to pieces.
Ektoras Lygizos directs this classic British farce with vertiginous verve; he and his eight actors will make you wonder “What goes on when everything goes wrong?”
creditsTranslation, Adaptation and Direction: Ektoras Lygizos
Set Design: Kleio Boboti
Costumes: Alkistis Mamali
Lighting Design: Dimitris Kasimatis
Movement – body/physical preparation: Chara Kotsali
Make-up & Hair Design: Ioanna Lygizou
Sound Design: Brian Coon
Assistant Director: Eva Vlassopoulou
Assistant Set Designer: Eleni Aidoni
Assistant Costume Designer: Alexandra Giannakandropoulou
Set Construction: Panagiotis Lazaridis
Women's Costumes Construction: Eleni Komninou
Men's Costumes Construction: Giorgos Parliaros
Production Manager: Electra Arzimanoglou
Executive Production: Grasshopper
Produced by: Onassis Stegi
Cast: Konstantinos Avarikiotis, Michalis Kimonas, Giannis Klinis, Sofia Kokkali, Emily Koliandri, Ektoras Lygizos, Anna Mascha, Aris Balis, Areti Seidaridou
Special thanks to Giorgos Axiotis.
Special thanks to Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Stamatis Fasoulis and Anna Panagiotopoulou for coming up with the Greek title for “Noises Off”and allowing us to use it.
High school students
16 October 2018
5€ per student
Reservation and more info:
T. 213 017 8002
Michael Frayn (b. 1933) is a British playwright, novelist and essayist, famous for his theatrical farce “Noises Off” (1982) and his history dramas “Copenhagen” (1998) and “Democracy” (2003).
In Frayn’s first one-act play, the audience were asked to witness a change of diaper on stage.
Michael Frayn has said that the idea for “Noises Off” came to him as he was watching the premiere of one of his first plays from backstage. “It was a lot more fun watching it from back there!” he thought.
Theatrical director Ektoras Lygizos notes: “Just look at us. We are always in a hurry, trying to get there on time. The farce is a theatrical genre which reflects this hurriedness in a very comical way. How do people react to this tremendous sense of pressure? What happens when they lose control and give up, surrendering to all kinds of unrestrained disorder and chaos? “Noises Off” casts a hilarious glance at what goes on backstage and the power struggle between actors and their director. Just ask yourself, is this any different from the rhythm and dynamics of your everyday life at school or at home?”