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21 January 2013

Arcola Theatre breaks in Turkish mythological drama

OLIVIER award-winning actress Kathryn Hunter is starring in a new mythical drama at Arcola Theatre, Mare Rider.

The play tells the story of Turkish fabled - and some say misunderstood - baby-stealer Elka, otherwise known as Mare Rider: a vengeful, subversive and timeless creature that inhabits our dreams. She meets with mother-to-be Selma in a hospital maternity ward and takes her on a fantastical journey across the mountains of Anatolia.

In this new and sometimes unsettling work, writer Leyla Nazli weaves classic storytelling with fears of childbirth and issues of identity.

“To me Elka is a representation of early feminism,” said Leyla, who is also Arcola's co-founder. “She represents freedom – to ride horses and get drunk, hunt and do all those things which thousands of years ago women were probably forbidden to do.”

Kathryn Hunter previously appeared at Arcola in Tell them I am young and beautiful, Yerma as well as her Olivier winning role in The Visit at the National Theatre. She plays alongside Matthew Flynn, Anna Francolini and Hara Yanas.

Mare Rider runs from 22 January to 16 February at Arcola Theatre. Tickets are £12-18. 

Mare Rider explores Turkish mythology and childbirth anxiety

Mare Rider explores Turkish mythology and childbirth anxiety

Mare Rider explores Turkish mythology and childbirth anxiety

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