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Forbidden Stories rounds off Birnam Arts’ Summer Programme of 2018

It's hard to believe that we're fast approaching the end of our Summer 2018 programme of events - this Friday 31st of August we're finishing the programme in style with a fantastic offering, Forbidden Stories from Edinburgh based theatre company  Ludens Ensemble...

Set in the partitioned island of Cyprus and fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Festival, Forbidden Stories takes  testimonies from both Greek & Turkish Cypriots and explores themes surrounding national identity, solidarity, mutual aid & friendship on the Mediterranean island before, during and after the conflict. 

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Forbidden Stories


Forbidden Stories
Ludens Ensemble
Directed by Philippos Philippou
Cast: Adam Tompa, Persefoni Gerangelou, Jenny Logan, Isidora Bouziouri, Philippos Philippou, Vangelis Makriyannakis
Friday 31st August 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 


FORBIDDEN STORIES is the third part of a trilogy on the themes of power and collective memory, created by Edinburgh-based theatre group Ludens Ensemble, a multimedia theatre performance that explores the theme of borders through true stories of solidarity, mutual aid and friendship that aim at transcending the current state of division in Cyprus. 

Six performers bring the voices of different characters on stage in a performance that incorporates storytelling with video mapping projections, live camera snippets and music. This performance focuses on the lived experiences of the local populace with the aim of creating a platform that will function as a bridge between the two communities.



Cyprus is an island country that remains, de facto, partitioned in two after the intercommunal violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots that followed independence in 1960.

Ludens Ensemble is an Edinburgh-based theatre group that works with new media creating performances that ebb and flow between the aesthetics of critical distance and immersive experience.

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