The Resources and Problems of Theater in Turkey: Review on the Theatre Literature During ‘Single Party’ Period

Gülay Yurt


Turkish theater, during all its development period, has been divided into some sub-braches such as: Traditional Theater, Tanzimat Theater, Constitutional Theater and Republic Theater. During the Republic Period, there have been many political effects that impact the theatre perceptions too. Also during this time the theatre profiles started to multiple and to be divided from each-other. From this separation, have been formed new perspectives of theatre that have been influenced by the ‘Single Party’ mentality received during the years 1923-1945. Even thought, this period the single party regimes had principles such as democratic state, consolidation of the institions, freedom of speaking and freedom of acting. These principles have been affected on the theater’s literatures too. All the principles of this political regime were accepted and applied by the theatre literature, which normally caused a huge lack of reality. Another important issue that must be claimed is to blame all the past history of Turkish society. This happened because existed an opportunity to have a possibility of non repetitions of these mistakes in the future. But consequently to this issue it is very important to stress that it brought out a strong barrier between the present and the past of society. In this study it is going to focus on the Turkish theater resources and problems during the period of a ‘Single Party’ (1923-1945) in Turkey. Also it will be focus on the social, cultural, family etc. problems and issues that have been faced during this period of time and have been written to different theatre’s literatures.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n9p748

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