Radio Plays

A new initiative of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival

Featuring over 60 excellent Greek artists, working together in creative teams consisting of directors, actors, musicians and writers.

Radio drama, crime fiction and jazz music. This December, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival introduces Radio Plays, a new initiative featuring over 60 excellent Greek artists, working together in creative teams consisting of directors, actors, musicians and writers.

Under the circumstances, as theatre faces ongoing restraints and insurmountable obstacles, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival breathes new life into radio drama.

Radio Plays will be streamed simultaneously at the podcast of Lifo and at, free of charge for everybody.

Breathless Radio Drama

Five gifted, acclaimed directors will adapt for the stage an equal number of detective stories: Yannis Houvardas gives his own twist to a story by Vasilis DannelisDimitris Katalifos delivers a radio drama version of a story by Filippos Filippou; Argyris Xafis crosses paths with the mystery world of Neoklis GalanopoulosMaria Maganari adapts an Athina Kakouri story, and Giorgos Koutlis invites us to delve into the world of Amanda Michalopoulou.

Radio Plays will transport us to the world of crime, featuring beloved Greek actors, veterans and up-and-coming performers alike. Nikos Psarras, Alexandra Aidini, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Evi Saoulidou, Dimitris Imellos, Maria Kallimani, Nikos Chatzopoulos, Harris Fragoulis, Akyllas Karazisis, Kora Karvouni, Konstantinos Aspiotis, Giannis Dalianis, Alkistis Poulopoulou, Aspasia Kralli, Anthi Efstratiadou, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Kostas Berikopoulos and many more will bring these crime stories to life, to the sounds of original jazz compositions by stellar musicians, who will generate a noir/mystery atmosphere.

The programme is realized courtesy of Kastaniotis Editions.

Radio Drama and Crime Fiction

Through this new project, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival combines radio drama with crime fiction and jazz music, creating new audio works, featuring unsolved murders, romantic passions, professional rivalries, extortion and economic plots, eccentric detectives and psychologically unstable characters, seductive personalities with unseen, dark secrets.

“Building on the tradition of radio drama and taking it a step further, we decided to create a new initiative featuring works based on crime fiction, works that will be performed to the sounds of jazz. Strangely enough, I fell in love with crime fiction as a child. This early attraction began with children’s detective stories. I then quickly moved on to Agatha Christie and subsequently began to avidly read contemporary – mainly European – authors of crime fiction. At the same time, thanks to the magical power of audio drama, from radio drama to recorded albums, my imagination ran wild inside a world full of narratives and characters that remained etched in my memory. Amid these difficult circumstances we are going through, we decided to create works that could reach every home, exciting the audience’s imagination, peeking their interest, shifting focus from image to language. Selected artists will bring this language to life, to the sounds of original music, specially composed for these radio plays, all of which will jointly comprise a series of audio works which all of you will hopefully enjoy.”

Katerina Evangelatos


Yannis Houvardas

Dimitris Katalifos

Argyris Xafis

Maria Maganari

Giorgos Koutlis

The Radio Plays


The Larks of Amerikis Square by Filippos Filippou

Directed by Dimitris Katalifos

Cast Alexandra Aidini, Dimitris Imellos, Maria Kallimani, Stella Krouska, Giannis Dalianis, Giannis Tsortekis

Musical compositions Dimitris Tsakas

Musicians Dimitris Verdinoglou (piano), Kimonas Karountzos (double bass), Panagiotis Kostopoulos (drums), Dimitris Tsakas (saxophone)


The Foreigner by Athina Kakouri

Directed by Maria Maganari

Cast Anthi Efstratiadou, Syrmo Keke, Aspasia Kralli, Dimitris Daskas, Evi Saoulidou, Nikos Psarras

Musical composition Dimitris Tsakas

Musicians Kostas Konstantinou (double bass), Kostis Christodoulou (piano), Jason Wastor (drums), Dimitris Tsakas (saxophone)


Welcome to Hell, Honey by Vasilis Danellis

Directed by Yannis Houvardas

Cast Stella Vogiatzaki, Polydoros Vogiatzis, Akyllas Karazisis, Dimitris Bitos, Alkistis Poulopoulou, Anta Poutani, Harris Fragoulis

Musical composition Thodoris Economou
Musicians Kimonas Karountzos (double bass), Thodoris Kotsifas (guitar), Alexandros-Drakos Ktistakis (drums), Thodoris Economou (piano), Andreas Polyzogopoulos (trumpet)
Vocals Alexandra Lerta


Human Condensation by Amanda Michalopoulou

Directed by Giorgos Koutlis

Cast Kora Karvouni, Eleni Koutsioumpa, Vasilis Magouliotis, Alkis Panagiotidis, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Alexandros Siatras, Konstantina Takalou

Musical composition Alexandros-Drakos Ktistakis
Musicians Dimitris Verdinoglou (piano), Andreas Polyzogopoulos (trumpet), Petros Klampanis (bass), Kostas Tzekos (clarinet)


The Future of Greek Crime Fiction by Neoklis Galanopoulos

Directed by Argyris Xafis

Cast Konstantinos Aspiotis, Antonis Gritsis, Christos Kontogiorgis, Despina Kourti, Kostas Berikopoulos, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Nikos Chatzopoulos

Musical composition Alexandros-Drakos Ktistakis
Musicians Kimonas Karountzos (double bass), Giannis Papadopoulos (piano), Giotis Samaras (guitar), Dimitris Tsakas (saxophone), Jason Wastor (drums)
Vocals Alexandra Lerta, Iovi Fragato

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The Greek Crimes series by Kastaniotis Editions

Radio Plays, an initiative of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, is held in collaboration with Kastaniotis Editions. The adapted stories were selected from the Greek Crimes (Ελληνικά Εγκλήματα) book series, first released in May 2007. All five volumes drew a large readership of thousands of people.

The Writers

Athina Kakouri

Filippos Filippou

Vasilis Danellis

Neoklis Galanopoulos

Amanda Michalopoulou

Athens Epidaurus Festival is funded by the Ministry of Culture & Sports

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