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And they called her Melina.

The play Melina: The Last Greek Goddess, is, according to the Greek Reporter, a AaAaAeA{AaAaAeA sensational tribute to the last Greek GoddessAaAaAeA{AaAaAeAo offer audience members an insight into the life of the great Greek actress like we have never seen before as of Friday.

The 80-minute comedy, drama and musical AaAaAeA{AaAaAeA} which was written and dire by Paul Lambis AaAaAeA{AaAaAeA} puts renowned Cypriot actress Paolo Hadjilambr some pretty big shoes.

This one-woman play brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Melina Mercouri, whose international acting achievements on stage and screen, and her zestful commitment to Greek art and politics, defined her as GreeceAaAaAeA{Es most celebrated national heroin

As an actress she achieved international stardom with a number of features directed by the American director Jules Dassin, whom she married and collaborated with on nine films. Among these, audiences probably best remember MercouriAaAaAeA{Es delightful performance as a sentimental, happy-go-luc prostitute in her signature film, Never on Sunday.

She was a political activist who sought to symbolise the soul of Greek national identity. MercouriAaAaAeA{Es acting career gradually abated as s later became the flamboyant and controversial Greek Minister of Culture and Sciences, and gained her greatest attention in that capacity when she lobbied for the return of the Elgin Marbles AaAaAeA{AaAaAeA} classical sculpt which the British Museum had removed from the Parthenon in the 19th century.

Poignant, passionate, seductive and controversial, the play illustrates a remarkable life of an outspoken woman of principle. In the hands of Hadjilambri the performance is equality powerful when we see Mercouri the actress and Mercouri the activist and politician.

The production is under the auspices of president Nicos Anastasiades and the performances form part of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 events.

Melina the Last Greek Goddess

Performance of the play by Paul Lambis. November 10. Almyra Hotel, Paphos. 8pm. AaAaAeA{AaAaAeA 20/10. In English. Tel: 99-49

November 11. Markideio Theatre, Paphos. 8pm. In Greek

November 12. International School of Paphos. 7pm. In English

November 17. ETHAL, Limassol. 8pm.[currency]In Greek

November 19. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 7pm. In Greek

November 25-26. Melina Mercouri Theatre, Nicosia. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm. In Greek

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