Anestis Azas – Farmakonisi

Greek with English and German surtitles.

A production of Athens Theatre Festival 2015

Photo: Karol Jarek
Photo: Karol Jarek

Anestis Azas, one of the most important young directors in Greece, has staged an act of desperation. Unflinchingly honestly. And radically personally. – Athens, July 2015. A group of young actors is rehearsing a play about the “Farmakonisi” case. A young Syrian refugee was sentenced to 145 years in prison for the death of eleven people on a refugee boat that sank in 2014. Although allegedly the accident was caused by Greek border patrol guards. The actors restage the trial, hear witnesses and survivors; at the same time their own lives have long had few prospects. Banks closed, the state crumbling, corruption and 50,000 refugees a month. They fight a tough battle for justice, even though they don’t even have the money for petrol. – “Farmakonisi” is testimony to the hope of Greece’s younger generation, who are defending their future and occupying the theatre as a space for political freedom.


Director Anestis Azas
Text Anestis Azas, Martha Bouziouri & Team
Dramaturgy Martha Bouziouri
Stage & Costume Designer Eleni Stroulia
Lighting Designer Cecilia Tselepidi
Sound Design Panagiotis Manouilidis
Videos Kostas Babis
With Martha Bouziouri, Vassilis Koukalani, Aris Laskos, Theano Metaxa, Giorgos Moutafis, Yonous Muhammadi