Giannoula Koulourou
Athens & Epidaurus festival
Pireos 260 (E), Piraeus Str, 177 78

Giannoula Koulourou


Giorgos Papageorgiou
Giannoula Koulourou

18th June and 21st June
The true story of Giannoula Koulourou (b. 1868 in Patras) is adapted for the stage in an original play written by Theodora Kapralou, commissioned by the talented actor and director Giorgos Papageorgiou.

18 June, 2019 to 21 June, 2019

Giannoula got her nickname – ‘Koulourou’ – from her trade: she was a koulouri (a Greek version of bagel) street vendor. Giannoula longed to get married. Her slight intellectual disability made her a laughing stock among the residents of Patras. The locals began pulling several pranks on Giannoula, going so far as to humiliate her in public, as more and more of them participated in various ‘happenings’ revolving around fake weddings of Giannoula with ‘suitors.’ An estimated ten thousand people were present at the final prank pulled at the expense of Giannoula. Following that incident, Giannoula collapsed. Ultimately, she died poor and alone during the Axis Occupation of Greece. Her sad story became the stuff of urban legend. The performance will bring Giannoula’s true story to life through actors and live music on stage (with original music by Matoula Zamani), and will be infused with a carnivalesque spirit, as, even to this day, the story survives as a traditional custom attended during the Patras Carnival.

Directed by Giorgos Papageorgiou

Text: Theodora Kapralou

Set design: Evangelia Therianou

Costume design: Vasiliki Syrma

Lighting design: Alekos Anastasiou

Sound engineer: Dimitris Dimitriadis

Movement: Mariza Tsiga Music: Matoula Zamani

Assistant to the set designer: Elli Papadaki

First assistant to the director: Dimitris Kalakidis

Second assistant to the director: Ioannis Latousakis

Photos: Domniki Mitropoulou

Executive producer: Nikos Symeonakis

Communication: Maria Tsolaki

Production: Goo Theater Company

Cast: Elena Topalidou, Michalis Syriopoulos, Kimonas Kouris, Athanasia Kourkaki Musicians: Menios Gounaris, Yannis Kontaratos, Ria Ellinidou, Panagiotis Tsakos

Organization / Production: 
Co-funded by Greece and the European Union
greek, with Greek and English surtitles
18/06/2019 at 21:00, 21/06/2019 at 20:00
Ticket is required
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