A crepe for the gallows, please, 2011

4 male – 3 female

Peny Fylaktaki

(inspired by Jean Teule’s The Suicide Shop)


Tuvache family have been merchants for…ever.  They own one of the biggest, most well-known suicide shops in the country.  All family members –father Mishima, mother Lucrece, daughter Merilyn and son Vincent- are named after famous suicides and suffer from depression, as all their ancestors did.  Needless to say they never smile.  The only problem of the family is their youngest son Alan who suffers from innate happiness and joy of life, and constantly smiles, thus threatening the survival of the family business.  Alan manages to inspire in his sister’s heart the love for Ernest, the young cemetery receptionist, and wake her lively, flirtatious self; he turns his anorexic brother into an artist; he brings out in his workaholic, strict mother her most sensitive, overprotective loving side.  Soon, however, Mishima finds out that Alan has taken advantage of his short absence for health reasons to change their suicide shop into a shop selling fun gadgets and party tricks.  Mishima chases Alan to kill him with his bare hands, but is hindered by the rest of the family.  However, when during the chase Alan slips from the roof of the building and risks getting killed, the entire family –with Mishima leading- starts a rescue operation. They stretch their hand to hold him and slowly drag him up. A few metres before safety, Alan sees that his lifelong dream has come true –to make a smiling, united family- and lets go of their hand.




Aspects of Peny Fylaktaki’s theatre

MAN We lost.

WOMAN  Friendly game?


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Peny Fylaktaki is a playwright with a dynamic presence in the Greek theater over the past fifteen years. She holds a PhD in Theatre Translation and...