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Rethinking and Creating Theater’s Facilities for Children

Performing the Cloud Play in Ankara and the Earthquake Region

October 2023 - March 2024

The project involves free performances of ‘Bulut’ (The Cloud), a theater play for early age (2 to 7) children in socio-economically disadvantaged areas of Ankara (Mamak, Yenimahalle, Sincan, Keçiören, Altındağ and Etimesgut) as well as in cities suffered from the earthquake on 6 February 2023 (Malatya, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Adıyaman). The goal of the project is to perform the play to children who have not yet been introduced to theater and its infinite world, and who have also suffered psychological trauma because of the earthquake. Cloaud is a play created and performed by Kaşif Kumpanya. The play lasts for 35 to 45 minutes depending on the age group. It tells the story of a cloud who cannot graduate from the Cloud Academy because it is unable to perform natural phenomena such as lightning and rain, and its process of finding itself. It eventually realizes that it is a Dreamer Cloud, so it joins the Ministry of Dreams to find unhappy clouds and make them smile by making them dream. However, all clouds learn how to dream and nobody stops by the Ministry anymore. So, the Dreamer Cloud descends to the earth and tries to find itself a job. This quest does not go well. In the end, it arrives at a deserted and barren village. A frog it’d meet in this village would cause it to feel the rain in it for the first time and help it to create rain. The play utilizes narration, physical theater techniques and shadow puppets. In addition, as a theater performance for early-age children, it makes use of audience interaction and multi-sensory stimulation.

Derya Ağaoğlu

Derya Ağaoğlu was born in Ankara in 1996. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychological Counseling and Guidance, simultaneously continuing theater practices with Aclan Büyüktürkoğlu. She completed her graduate degree in Fine Arts at Ankara University, while simultaneously working at Tatbikat Akademi Sahnesi. She received her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in the area of Theater (Theater for Youth, in particular). Upon returning to Turkey, she founded Kaşif Kumpanya in 2023 with the aim of creating plays for children and the young and created Bulut with her team. In the summer of 2023, she was trained by Monika Gravagno at the Facciocose Theater in London in the areas of physical theater and play development. She has been working on the play ‘Kukurukku: Bir Kuşun Hikayesi’ (Kukurukku: The Story of a Bird) within the scope of said training, which is aimed to premiere soon. In addition, she has been working as hourly-paid faculty at TED University since the fall semester of 2023-2024 Academic Year, lecturing on art-focused subjects.


This page is published on 8 December 2023.