A Karagöz Everywhere Show allows you to experience a cultural tradition at its finest. It’s a shadow theatre filled with comedy, fun, and life lessons that leave you with an experience that you cannot possibly forget. Book a show today, and experience an enchanting performance of our traditional comic characters. A Karagöz puppet show gives not only children but people of all ages the opportunity to experience and understand the cultural diversity of the puppets, the importance of compassion, and living in peace with your neighbors.
The Booking Process
Now that you are excited, Karagöz is equally excited to meet with you. Send us a greeting and let us know what’s on your mind. We will get back to you to discuss the details of booking a show.
We have shows targeting various age groups of children (from age three and on) and adults. Karagöz Everywhere would be happy to tailor a presentation/show according to the needs of your audience.
A Karagöz Show is presented in the traditional format. The traditional format of Karagöz Shadow Play consists of four parts: Prologue, Dialogue, Main Plot, and Brief Finale. Karagöz Show is done following this format. The show also consists of the traditional parts such as the ghazal, poems, and songs. These parts are typically recited in Turkish, but the main script is in English. The scripts are tailored according to the audience (i.e., age, background, interests, etc.). The hayali (puppeteer) also interacts with the audience by using improvisational techniques.
The Show begins with a brief introduction of the history and cultural relevance of Karagöz Shadow Theatre. At the end of the show, the audience may have a chance to come to behind the screen to have a sneak peak at what happens backstage to meet the puppets and the master puppeteers. Upon request, the show can follow with a Q&A session. This option is suited both for small or large groups.
The entire show lasts 45-60 minutes.
Presentation and Karagöz Show
This option consists of a power point presentation that covers in depth history, philosophy, apprenticeship and skills, analysis of the characters and storyline/script, and artistry of traditional Karagöz Shadow Play. This presentation is followed by the Karagöz Show explained above. This option is most suited for adults/students/puppeteers in training.
The presentation and the show lasts 60-90 minutes.
Presentation and Workshop
This option consists of the power point presentation described above and a workshop.
The workshop focuses on character analysis (including their voices, songs that are associated with different characters) and introduction to storyline/script writing. The archetypal and universal features of various characters from the show are discussed. The script writing is examined with its four distinct parts. The audience/participants learn how to capture the authentic essence of characters and the cultural nuances through the use of language. This option requires the participants to collaborate and brainstorm in small groups, hence it is most appropriate for up to 20 participants in total.
The presentation and workshop lasts 60-90 minutes.
Send us a message using the contact section, and we will get in touch with you. We would be happy to tailor our show according to your needs.