The Ankara Governor’s office banned a theater performance about a fictional dictator by outspoken actor Baris Atay, latest of such attempts against the critical monologue.
“Just a Dictator” is a monologue performed by Atay about the head of an unspecified country and his rise to power amid angry yet little to intimidate protests.
In a statement on Monday, the Ankara governor said the play, planned for Jan 28, 2018, was banned indefinitely due to security concerns “in accordance with the post-coup emergency rule.”
“You banned it but it seems that you failed. You are so unaware about what and why you do things that you banned my last year’s performance supposing that I am going to play it this year. You veteran, crazy investigators,” Atay mockingly reacted to the decision and underlined that he staged the play in Ankara on Jan 28, 2017 with no schedule for Jan 28, 2018.
First performed in 2015, the play was earlier banned in many other cities including Van, Antalya, Burdur, Denizli, Uşak, Artvin, Manisa and Konya.