Turkish play about dictator taken off stage

A travelling one-man Turkish play entitled “Only the Dictator” has been denied permission to use a stage in the northeastern city of Artvin by authorities, who saw the “content as inappropriate”, left-wing news website İleri Haber said.

The play, which was due to be performed in the city on Jan. 12 and 14, had been cleared by the provincial governor as long as appropriate security measures were taken. However, the Artvin provincial administration later cancelled the show due to its content.

“As the result of our administration re-evaluating the topic of the theatre I would like you to know that we have not found the content of the play to be appropriate,” it said.

Since the play began touring, it had been prevented from being carried out on stages in a number of provinces across the country, İleri Haber said, although sometimes alternative venues had been found at short notice.

“Suddenly the stages go under renovation, or they fill up overnight,” it quoted director Barış Atay as saying.