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Pera Palas
On from 12 Jun 2007 till 07 Jul 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Sinan Ünel
Genre(s): Drama, New Writing

About: Pera Palas


From the final days of the Ottoman Empire, this epic play charts the political and cultural changes which have created modern Turkey. Pera Palas, the name of a famous old international hotel in Istanbul, focuses on three defining moments of Turkish social, cultural, and political history: 1918-1924, the end of World War I to the birth of the Republic; 1952-1953, the height of American influence; and 1994 when an Islamic revival challenged seventy years of official secularism.

Through three relationships the play explores the broadening scope of what is considered an acceptable relationship in Turkey, particularly the emancipation of women, the acceptance of homosexuality and the evolving relationship between Turks and Westerners.

Sinan Unel lives and works in the US, his plays have been produced all over the world, including The Lark Theatre Company (New York), The Gate Theatre (London), Landestheater (Tübingen, Germany), Theater Kosmos (Bregenz, Austria).


“a piece of virtuoso construction, (Pera Pelas)…shows how time changes things and doesn’t…Ünel knows exactly where the flash points are when cultures clash, and he understands the springs of motivation, the agression and insecurity that turn emigration, internal or external, from personal liberation into a political act.” – The Times

“Hugely ambitious . . . (Pera Palas) pulses with passion and questing intelligence.” – NY Times

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