Case Farmakonisi or The Right of Water


Directed by Anestis Azas
FORMAT: Stage Performance
CATEGORY: Reality Theatre
PREMIERE: 26 July 2015, Athens Festival

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On 20 January 2014, eleven Afghans, including eight children, lost their lives when their boat, attempting to reach the Greek shore, sank near the Greek island of Farmakonisi. Farmakonisi’s shipwreck, the Greek equivalent of Lampedusa, has raised great public concern over a long time, mainly at an international level, as the Greek authorities failed to adequately investigate the deaths of the refugees drowned at sea, showing a blatant disregard for justice for the victims and their families.

Case Farmakonisi or The Right of Water is a reality theatre project focusing on the stance of justice as regards the major issue of refugees approaching Europe of closed borders. The play, framed by vigorous field and archive research, utilizes a mixed team of professional performers and related experts, seeking to stimulate public debate on the ongoing tragedy in the Mediterranean and the request for unhampered and safe mobility.

Balancing between documentary and fiction, testimony and intellectual fabrication, artistic creation and political reflection, Case Farmakonisi or The Right of Water unfolds on stage the systemic mechanisms that lead to the devaluation and finally the loss of human life – a life that stands “bare”, being deprived of its access to dignity, law and justice.


Martha Bouziouri
Vassilis Koukalani
Aris Laskos
Theano Metaxa
and the experts Giorgos Moutafis and Yonous Muhammadi[/tab]

Script: Anestis Azas, Martha Bouziouri and the team
Direction: Anestis Azas
Research – Dramaturgy: Martha Bouziouri
Set Design – Costumes: Eleni Stroulia
Light Design: Cecilia Tselepidi
Sound Design: Panagiotis Manouilidis
Videos: Kostas Babis
Assistant to Direction: Paraskevi Lypimenou
Assistant to Set Design: Zaira Falirea

Athens Festival

In Co-Production with
Projektor Theatre Company
National Theatre of Greece

Executive Production
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