Caritas Hellas “Theatrical Group” visited “Herodes Atticus” Odeon

The “Theatrical Group” of Caritas Hellas Social Spot – Neos Kosmos visited the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and enjoyed a theatrical performance “Socrates’ Life” by the National Ethiopian Theatre.

As a part of the empowerment and the development of their cultural and artistic skills, they visited the Odeon of Herodus Atticus, they were informed about its great history and that it is known as the most authentic example of a Greek Amphitheater and it has been described as “the perfect location that combines the modern music with ancient Greek atmosphere”.

They watched the performance of the play Bado Egir (performed in the Amharic language) at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The play tackles Socrates’ life and is based on three works by Plato: the dialogues Phaedo and Crito, and The Apology of Socrates.

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This occasion marks the first appearance of an Ethiopian theatre company in Greece, consisting of the most acclaimed actors of the National Theatre of Ethiopia. The play Bado Egir (Amharic for “barefoot”) is a translation of the play Barefoot in Athens – Socrates’ Life, first presented in USA by Peter Ustinov in the 1960s. The play was a celebration of ancient Greek culture and democratic ideals, the very ideals which Socrates taught his followers and for which he sacrificed his life.

During the performance there were clarifications and after the performance followed a discussion of the context and the deeper meaning of the show. The teenagers enjoyed the performance and they anticipate for the next one.

The excursion is a part of the project “Metavasis Project – Participation, Empowerment and Social Inclusion of Refugees / Migrants in Greece” concerning the support and integration of refugees and immigrants in Greek society. The Project is run by Caritas Hellas and is funded by Caritas Germany.