Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow – Two Sunbeds in the Shade and Like Knocking on the Door of a Familiar House on an Ordinary Day

Berkun Oya

Traverse Theatre

From 21 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Rating: ***

Review by Philip Fisher

Turkish playwright Berkun Oya presents two overtly political plays as his contribution to (in search of) Tomorrow.

Two Sunbeds in the Shade

Blythe Duff and Frances Thorburn play a pair of women from different generations at a holiday resort.

Their contrasting outlooks are shown in connection with a “big adventure”. The young mother thinks of an excursion, while the older is haunted by her son’s involvement with protests.

A mildly surreal play then explores the prejudices and fears that Turks experience when confronted with their Kurdish neighbours.

These come to the fore as we learn that the older woman’s son is dating a hated Kurd and getting into trouble as a result.

Like Knocking on the Door of a Familiar House on an Ordinary Day

Like Knocking on the Door of a Familiar House on an Ordinary Day was written for Theatre Uncut as a response to the Gezi Park protests and performed at the Traverse in 2014.

It features the meeting between an actress-protester and the lazy older man who gives her refuge as the police pursue rioters.

Depth is added by a brief insight into the man’s own history.