While many countries throughout the Middle East are still convulsed by the after shocks of the Arab Spring, Turkey has hitherto remained largely calm. But that all changed last summer, when Istanbul, saw one of the largest demonstrations ever to take place in the country’s history and its effects are still being felt today. Sparked by the government’s decision in 2013 to demolish Istanbul’s popular Gezi Park, the movement suddenly surged into life and has since become a powerful voice for change. The London-based Ala-Turka theatre company, in their production Say Your Name, chart last year’s turbulent events and in April, the play will return to Hackney’s Arcola Theatre for a short run before starting a European tour.

In this month’s edition of the magazine, Beverly Andrews in London reviews the play for the Middle East Magazine- to see the review in full please subscribe by following instructions on the home page of the website, or for digital editions click HERE