The Santorini Arts Factory, in Vlychada, presents “The Lady of Ro” by Gianni Skaragas, starring Fotini Baxevani. The theatrical performance will be given in Greek language, while for non-Greek audiences it will have English surtitles.
A stirring, lyrical story about things that touch and test our human core, The Lady of Ro captures the essence of life that, in its very unfolding, seems to be slipping away before our grasp. It is about what happens to the dreams we hold close during war time, the ties that bind daughters and mothers, husbands and wives, folk legends and madwomen to one another and to the places they call home. And how every story -of love or mourning- is about fighting our way though history and back into what makes us human.
The Lady of Ro invites us into the ascetic world of a woman who lives alone on a small island questioning the values she once held true. Through heartbreak, grief and courage, she becomes one of her country’s best-loved icons. The story is inspired by the life of Despina Achladioti, the Greek widow known as the Lady of Ro, after the deserted island where she took refuge during the two world wars.
For Despina opening her eyes to how the world is changing meant being an outlier. She was born on the island of Kastellorizo, but sailed with her husband to the nearby deserted island of Ro, a stone’s throw from Turkey’s southern coastline. Despina watched from her island as Kastellorizo was invaded by Italians, bombed by Germans and all the island’s residents were evacuated from their homes by British forces to then Palestine and Egypt.
Achladioti’s fame rests on her persistence, from the time she arrived on the island until her death on May 13, 1982 at the age of 92, to raise the Greek flag. When Greece and Turkey went to war over Cyprus in the mid-1970s, the Lady of Ro became a hero and folk legend. The Lady of Ro celebrates the will to survive in the most desperate of circumstances, weaving together a stunning mosaic of human experience and dramatic scenes from Greek history during the first half of the 20th century. Her version of Greece is infused by a powerful understanding of human beings and touched with the fierce beauty of the wounds we bear and the light that radiates from us all.
The Lady of Ro will break and mend your heart!
Tuesday, 7th of August | Start Time: 21:30 | Tickets: 15 euros and 12 euros (reduced)
Reduced ticket is valid in the case of pre-sale (up to the previous day of the show), as well as for students, over 65, disabled, children 7-12 years old (under 7 y.o. free)
Points of Sale:
Fabrica Shopping Center in Fira: Monday-Friday 10:00-14: 00
Tomato Industrial Museum in Vlyhada: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-19:00