Mustafa Can write a play about the war’s Kobane

By on August 17, 2017
Magnus Neideman

Mustafa Can debut as a dramatist with Frontens gryningsfärg- a play based on his reportage trips to the war in the syrian Kurdistan. Director makes Astrid Menasanch Tobieson, one of Stå!Gerillans founder. The play will get its first performance at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern on December 1st.

Frontens gryningsfärg is inspired by authentic stories from the young female soldiers Mustafa Can met in the syrian Kurdistan.

– The war is and has always been the masculine of all male expressions, in which history is written, nations are created, oppression is fought, freedom is gained, where heroes and leaders, songs, literature and new culture are born – allways with the man as a measure. But in the autumn of 2014 in the syrian Kurdistan, the war was given a female face. That’s when the world fascinated began to report about how young, numerically inferior girls and women – many of whom had barely held a weapon earlier – defeated the most perhaps women’s hatred of terrorism: the Islamic State, IS. It is an in some parts very brutal play where the war is placed in the spectator’s knee, says Mustafa Can.

– To debut with such a play is in one way hard. Because some of the young people who poured out their lives in front of me and on which the play is based on are today dead. During the writing process, I have always thought about managing these authentic testimonies in the form of fiction.

Mustafa Can about director Astrid Menasanch Tobieson:
– I have seen several of Astrid’s plays and always enjoyed her poetic and political expressions of human condition. Astrid read the very first scenes early and after her feedback, I thought: “She understands these young soldiers, sympathizes with, but is also messing with them.” But also that in the text she sees the moment of fragile meaning and that human must be bigger than its own suffering.

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