‘Dear Shameless Death’: Story of women continuing fearlessly

DİYARBAKIR –The single-player theater ‘Dear Shameless Death, Dirmit’ adapted from Latife Tekin’s novel tells the poverty, immigration and the life of women to the audience skillfully. “The way of coping with the difficulties for women is to not feeling sorry for themselves and going after what they want even if they are difficult. Yes, we are affected but we continue fearlessly,” said Nezaket Erden, who performs the theater.

Amed City Theatre formed by Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality’s theater players, who were dismissed from their jobs after the appointment of the trustee to the municipality, have proceeded on their way by saying, “Art does not recognize obstacles”. Amed Theater Festival took place between May 11 and 21 with the motto “Don’t be a mere spectator, remind me if I forget”. Particularly, female players left their mark on the festival. One of these theater plays is Seyyar Sahne’s single-player theater named “Dear Shameless Death, Dirmit” adapted from Latife Tekin’s novel named “Dear Shameless Death”that tells the story of a family moved to Istanbul from a village and the reality of being a villager and poor in urban life. Nezaket Erden, who performed the play and her performance was liked by the audiences, spoke to us about performing art in Diyarbakır.

‘There is a never-ending struggle here’

Nezaket commented on the play and said, “In the play, we learn about the effects of conflicts between women and men experienced by Dirmit, who is one of members of a family moved to a city from a village, on her and her family during her conversations with her flower.” Nezaket pointed out the similarity between the difficulties faced by Dirmit and Amed City Theater, which creates a new theater stage with its own possibilities following the appointment of trustee to the Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality. “There is a never-ending struggle here. These kinds of things happen to the theater many times. The desire to continue this resistance here makes us happy. Performing here is also meaningful for me,” said Nezaket.

‘Nothing can stop your passion and your desire’

Expressing that Dirmit continue her life persistently without saying, “Why does this happen to me” and without feeling sorry for herself despite all difficulties, Nezaket said, “Dirmit cries but she immediately wipes away her tears and then she finds something new. The way of coping with the difficulties for women is to not feeling sorry for themselves and going after what they want even if they are difficult. Yes, we are affected but we continue fearlessly.”

‘Development of the solidarity feeds the hope’

Stating that the theater has faced many problems such as economic troubles, finding places due to the pressure on the language and performing plays, Nezaket said the development of the resistance and solidarity feeds the hope despite all difficulties.

‘Not to leave the art gives me hope’

Saying that she came to Diyarbakır for the first time and she visited the historical Sur district, Nezaket said, “I though how the people could work under these conditions and I felt bad. Despite everything, not to leave the art gives me hope.”