The Light Of Darkness

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When Leslie Davis suddenly takes up a diplomatic posting in Harput, a remote province of Turkey, he is determined to find commercial opportunities for America.

Instead, soon after his arrival, Turkey enters World War One on Germany's side.

Davis finds himself playing poker to save the lives of his young secretary, his interpreter and many other Armenians.

Later he wrote up the account of his Harput experience in a book called Slaughterhouse Province.

Louis Nowra is a playwright who has researched Davis's life and work and the history of Harput.

He is based in Australia and was drawn to this story by way of his admiration for the music of the Armenian composer Komitas, which features in the play.

Consul Leslie Davis - John Guerrasio

Garabed Bergosian - Wiliam El Gardi

Sushan Krikorian - Betsabeh Emran

The Governor, Sabit Bey - Jack Klaff

The Chief of Police, Rachid Bey - Basher Savage

Dr Atkinson - Scott Handy

Mrs Balakian - Tamara Hinchco

Other parts were played by members of the cast as well as

Rita, Elise and Maral Ovanessoff

Gokman Gubener

Abdullah Tercanli

and Haydar Koyel

Technical Production by Peregrine Andrews

Director/Producer: Judith Kampfner.

A Waters Company production.

As Turkey enters the war in 1915, the American consul is playing a diplomatic poker game.