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Two different interpretations of “The Child Behind The Eyes”
By Kemal Basar

Kemal Basar  Born in 25.10.1963 in Ankara. He finished Mimar Sinan University State Theatre Conservatory Theatre Section in Istanbul.
Worked in Bursa State Theatre as an actor between 1989 and 1993. He has been an actor and a director of Ankara State Theatre since 1993. He also directs for some independent companies and foreign theatres. He is a member of ITI Turkey, ASSITEJ Turkey, the FENCE, selector of some international theatre festivals and owner and editor of the biggest Turkish theatre website
www.tiyatrokeyfi.com  (also in English). He is also an article writer of some art magazines and daily newspapers. mail : kemalbasar@superonline.com


As a human being who lives in this painful world, I have some questions in my mind about the social life, politics – religion relations, power – people relations, human rights, woman rights etc. As an art worker, usually the stories of the plays don’t affect me much. I’m interested in the themes. If a play has a universal theme similar to the question in my mind, I try to put that piece on stage according to my interpretation, to my point of view.

It was the first time I’ve met Nava Semel and her sensitive and amazing monolog while I was at Sibiu in May 2004. I read it all night long and decided to put on stage as soon as possible.

When Mrs. Maila Petre offered me to direct a play for her company Teatrul G.A. Petculescu, while I was arriving Resita, the script was also in my luggage and still in my mind.

After doing the job in Romania, now it was the turn to put on stage the play in Turkish stages. Mrs. Sirin Yener translated it for me, the State Theatres (Turkish National Theatres) accepted the script into its repertory and for the first time in my career, I’ve directed a script for the second time for Ankara State Theatre.

Now there are two different interpretations of “The Child Behind The Eyes” done by me. I’m proud of all. In Romanian version, the actress Malina Petre and the abstract paintings of Mrs Florica Zamfira was at the front. But in Turkish version, I feeded the play with the contemporary dance which lasts the play long. One of the strongest actresses of the company Mrs. Fatma Oney has played the main role. I was lucky that two talented and experienced actresses also Mrs. Petre and Mrs. Oney have shortened my long way.

One of her messages Nava says, “Since 1986 this play had found its way into the hearts of so many people in different countries.”. Now it flows through the hearts of more and more people who share the same feelings in different countries. That’s what theatre is for.


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    1.another interpretation on the child behind the eyes
      gemma stewart, eastleigh    (1/12/2008)

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    Fatma Oney at Ankara State Theatre Turkey

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