A Sad Story of Racism Turned Showmanship: Hartlepool Maymunu (2023)

“A nation is a society united by illusions about its ancestors and a common hatred of its neighbours.”

I had recently reviewed Wilfrid Lupano‘s comic book version of the legend of The Hartlepool MonkeyHartlepool Maymunu and I liked it very much. There are those who know the legend, for those who don’t, I will tell you about it together with the theatre. The theatre play Hartlepool Monkey, which I came across right after this comic book, was an extra curiosity for me. I watched Hartlepool Monkey, which Tufan Afşar took the legend as a subject and produced it as an original play, in the front row at Ara Sahne in Beyoğlu. Can watching it in the front row taste different? Yes, because it feels like you are right inside the play.

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