English supertitles: Every Thursday
Efthymis Filippou – Oscar-nominated for best original screenplay in 2017 – has once again joined forces with Argyro Hioti and her Vasistas group, this time at the National Theatre of Greece. At the centre of Filippou’s new play is a chorus of six women and the personal, metaphysical journey of one man.
A special transcendental space is created on stage, a “management centre” that facilitates communication with the dead. A team of female figures describe the process and handle the impression machine, the only tool for communicating with the next world, which, like a kind of distillery, transforms words into eau de cologne. A man comes in to send a letter to his mother who has been dead for forty years. The women start the machine, lead the man step-by-step through the metaphysical experience, find a way of solving whatever problems exist, doggedly sing versions of songs, and complete their mission by sending the letter.
Please note that during Eau de Cologne smoke is used and there is a strong smell of essential oils.