“Strakastrukes”: After the events in Thessaloniki, Dimitris Samolis’ appearance is terribly timely - Wishevoke

“Strakastrukes”: After the events in Thessaloniki, Dimitris Samolis’ appearance is terribly timely

The «Strakastrukes» from Dimitris Samolis It’s still a “hidden” show packed with people, a little gem that appeared where we didn’t expect it, in a small space in the center of Athens. When an actor decides to write a play, it is often because he/she is deeply concerned with certain issues, sometimes with events that haunt him/her. Finally, writing proves to be a way to unravel the open accounts of his/her life. Dimitris Samolis, a very talented actor and singer, has decided to speak honestly and courageously about some things that are obviously bothering him. Things that have happened in the recent past and are apparently still happening.

The teenager Konstantis, the Benjamin of a family consisting of his four older sisters who love and protect him, his mother, about whom we don’t learn much, and a father who borders on the perpetrator, a macho “Kritikaros” who no longer has it does expect everything from him, which usually makes fathers like him proud. THE Constantis but he also suffers daily abuse from the bullies at his school, who have given him the nickname “Benji,” which sometimes turns into the more feminine “Benji.”Petrol”, and addressed to him sexual, highly offensive teasing that for some reason the Greeks You always had the right to vent. His everyday life is torturous, his classmates make his life miserable, always with the tolerance of the teachers. In short, everything some boys go through in school, when certain characteristics betray them or are arbitrarily assigned to them, sexual preferences are different from most.

Dimitris Samolis demonstrates great confidence when writing a play, even if it is his first attempt. He writes about heartbreaking events and dead-end feelings and has a good dose of humor. Of course, in some cases he gets too carried away and makes the mistake of making jokes that he doesn’t really need.

Constantis “runs away” from her hell which he experiences either thanks to his rich imagination, while dreaming of a big and bright future, or through music, together with his friend Escobandura, another truant, for reasons other than his own. However, he does everything in his power to become “manly”. One of his practices is to participate in the preparation of the Resurrection Rocket War in order to rise in the eyes of his classmates, if only to escape the bullying, vulgar words and kazoura. He comes to the point of planning a relationship with one of his classmates, Sotiroula, so that he too can have his girlfriend. But his impudence leads to completely different results, because shortly before the resurrection, on the night he is about to give her the first kiss, he accidentally gives her a handful of rhinestones from the wrong bag instead of offering her the candy that he had has in your pocket. Sotiroula loses her tooth and he loses the opportunity to elevate himself in the eyes of the other boys. This ingenious discovery essentially begins Constantis’s monologue, which unfolds a life full of guilt, fear, terror and deep contempt towards his father, a man who carries his own “trauma” within him, having once seen him in front of the entire village humiliated by his own father, which led him to be cruel and constantly abusive towards his son.

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He shines on Mikro Gloria’s small stage, even though he is in close proximity to the audience.

Dimitris Samolis emerges from a standing box (stage design). Lucas Bakas), as if Constantis emerged from his microcosm, and with unique comic vigor and a Cretan accent recounts the terrible loss that followed the loss of Sotiroula’s tooth. From the very first scene he captures the audience’s interest, which literally floats over his lips as the show progresses. The following story is the tale of a tormented child who makes fun of himself to make amends to his father, society and even himself because things didn’t turn out the way they expected.

I do not know to what extent the author and author of the text took into account real facts if it is an autobiographical work. However, the boy whose death shocked us all also came from Crete Vangelis Giakoumakis, a victim of the intimidation and brutality of the Cretan “Leventia”, from whose history Samolis borrowed elements and incorporated them into the project. Two years ago, your Yannis Skourletis Bijoux the page decided to stage the play “The Truth Is” by Dimitris Dimitriadis in Crete, which also tells the tragic story of a queer boy with a wild ending. Should the Megalonisos be the last stronghold of the most extreme and vulgar patriarchy and the Greek Masila? Probably. However, in “Strakastrukes” several characteristics of Cretan culture come to the fore as the hero seems to love the place and not reject it. But she wants to get away from him because she is suffocating. But when he manages to pass the agricultural school in Athens, his father once again disapproves of him instead of praising him for being the last to pass.

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The way he manages not to disturb the contact with the audience, who, despite their proximity, respect the “fourth” wall and follow the story attentively, is thanks to the speed with which he presents everything.

Dimitris Samolis demonstrates great confidence when writing a play, even if it is his first attempt. He writes about heartbreaking events and dead-end feelings and at the same time has a good dose of humor. Of course, in some cases he gets too carried away and makes the mistake of using train jokes reminiscent of inspection or television numbers, perhaps for fear of winning over the audience, but in reality he doesn’t need them. He is brilliant on his small stage Little Gloria Although he is a breath away from the audience, he plays with the forms of expression, with his movement, with the songs that he has composed himself. Motionless, he empties the few square meters of the stage area with boxes that he pulls out of the standing box, which could also be boxes full of memories. Like a magician, he presents various electronic devices that he puts together to complement the stage set and serve as a guide Mario Kakoulis. The way he manages not to disturb the contact with the audience, who, despite their proximity, respect the “fourth” wall and follow the story attentively, is thanks to the speed with which he presents everything. And when he “immerses” himself in a visual environment as part of a ritual shortly before the end, he has already convinced the audience.

One would say that the second part of the story, which deals with Constantis’s carefree life as a student in Athens, is a bit rushed and expected. Maybe a little moralistic. But in the first attempt it is inevitable that there will be some less successful moments. It might be tiring to continue an uninterrupted narrative that would exceed the hour. On the way to its completion, the flow of the work picks up emotional speed and moves. In the end, the big finale comes somewhat abruptly after 70 minutes of untrained (inter)action by the actor and leaves us with mixed feelings. On the one hand, you wanted a more optimistic ending for Constantis, but on the other hand, it forces you to accept the inevitability of human brutality.

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As it nears completion, the flow of the work picks up emotional momentum and moves.

“Strakastrukes” joins a long list of queer works that have been performed in Greek theater in recent years. However, this would not have happened if it had not been preceded by a major social change, if an important part of Greek society had not been exonerated, if it had not been supported by the entire progressive part of the public and finally (finally) if they had not , the fighting of a few years would have been confirmed. If inclusivity and decriminalized visibility had not become a mandatory demand. If a generation of Greek men and women had not been raised in the democratic acceptance of equality. And yet the news of everything that has happened in Thessaloniki in the last few hours, from the uncontrolled homophobic attacks by teenagers, shows without hesitation that there is still a long way to go. The videos seemed like they were taken from Constantis’ stories. And indeed, in the public eye, an example of unrelenting male toxicity and stupidity.

Further information about the show can be found here

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