Having met with a great response in the 2016-2017 season, this production is being performed again this season in the area of the permanent collection in the main building of the Benaki Museum.
The laid table in a Byzantine icon of the Hospitality of Abraham and ceramic vessels bearing scenes that reflect the joy of life are the inspiration for the first-ever dramatisation of excerpts from four 12th-century begging poems.
The Ptochoprodromos poems have a biting eloquence and an Aristophanean disposition as they satirise the hunger and poverty of everyday people: a poor monk, a browbeaten husband, a starving intellectual and a man who cannot feed his large family. Written in the language of the common folk, they are among the first pieces of modern Greek literature and are attributed by many to the Byzantine writer Theodore Prodromos (c. 1100-1165/70).
DIRECTED BY: Stratis Panourios
COSTUMES: Maira Vazeou
CAST: Stratis Panourios, Elena Marsidou, Dionysis Pifeas, Fotis Lazarou
The museum exhibits will be presented by Anastasia Drandaki, Curator of the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection.