Turkey's ailing theatres fear politics at play in coronavirus funding

Asmali Sahne, an independent theatre in Istanbul, applied for desperately needed state funds as it tries to survive the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but its request was turned down.The co-founder of the theatre in Istanbul’s bohemian Beyoglu district and other playhouse owners and actors suspect politics of playing a role in the delivery of relief funds.They claim that independent theatres and those associated with the opposition are being left out, putting their future at stake.Asmali Sahne felt sure it was ticking all the boxes by producing a Turkish play by a Turkish female writer.It…

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