Alp Haydar's One Hour Meltdown

Nightlife , Cabaret and burlesque
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Alp Haydar's 'one-man pantomimes' are unique fusions of green-screen CGI animation, puppyish audience rapport, outrageously exuberant sexuality and affecting emotional narrative, setting explorations of gay Muslim identity against a backdrop of disaster-movie set-ups, pervy robots and the ruins of Atlantis. Think modern vs conservative, pride vs shame, Shirley Bassey vs Allah… This latest outing, billed as Alp's last for the time being, combines elements of 'Alp Haydar's One Night with Maya Angelou' and 'Alp Haydar's Arsehole Whisperer', to trace the story of Alp's latest reincarnation, Maya Angelou's role in protecting him and perhaps even resolve, once and for all, his ever-evolving relationship with his mother, Sharia Law… All that plus wicked satire of Turkey's current political upheavals.