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Opening show: Goodbye Erdoğan
Betal Özay

wo 1 nov '23 , 20:00

We invite everyone to come together for an official opening of this year’s edition of The Amsterdam Storytelling Festival. After that we will enjoy Goodbye Erdoğan.

Deze voorstelling is Engelstalig. Let op: het openingsprogramma is gewijzigd. Bezoekers die voor 17 oktober reeds een ticket hebben gekocht, worden nog persoonlijk op de hoogte gesteld. 

This best of Fringe winner by Betal Özay under the direction of Abhishek Thapar was already warmly welcomed at interesting spots, from a fisherman museum during Brighton Fringe until the Gorki Theater in Berlin and closer to home in Teylers house and at Oerol.

About the show: 

In the depths of the world’s grandest courthouse lies a hidden treasure trove – an evidence room brimming with real and surreal artefacts utilised in the commission of heinous crimes.

Enter Sevki Duru, the enigmatic ruler of this subterranean realm, poised to unveil his most prized possessions: a captivating collection of crime weapons, each with its own remarkable tale. Hailing from a land where Big Brother still reigns supreme, Duru arrives with a daring agenda. But be forewarned – his motives remain shrouded in mystery. Is he merely a humble clerk, as he professes, or a masterful raconteur, a cunning fraudster, or perhaps a desperate asylum seeker? The verdict is yours to render. All rise, and let justice be served.


Betal Özay started his professional journey as a lawyer in Istanbul, but he took a different path by founding a music label called LU Records and a digital platform named ArtsMap. After relocating to Amsterdam, he graduated from the Mezrab Storytelling School. Since then, he has created various stage performances, including “Silaba,” “BioPower,” “Wicked Monster,” and “Goodbye Erdogan,” which won the Amsterdam Best of Fringe Award in 2022.

Currently, he is working as a producer on the stage adaptation of “Time Regulation Institute,” one of the greatest Turkish novels of the twentieth century, and a music documentary called “Turkadelica,” which follows the story of Turkish Psychedelic Music. He also teaches Creativity and Law at Kadir Has University Law School as a part-time lecturer.


Betal Özay – Artist, Abhishek Thapar – Director, Mey Rahimi – Production Designer

This performance is sold out but tickets are still available for Goodbye Erdogan on Sunday 5 November, at 5pm. 

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