Betal Özay & Farah Coppola “BIOPOWER” (EN)

Betal Özay & Farah Coppola “BIOPOWER” (EN)

COVID Certificate is mandatory for this show. Make sure you have a valid QR code, don’t forget your ID and check the app before your visit!

The small theatre pact (or ‘het kleinetheaterpact’) presents: BIOPOWER!

“Let’s be that perfect couple that everybody hates!”

Meet the perfect couple. Sophie is a lawyer with a never ending insomnia and Francesco is a Tinder addict who lost his erection. They both end up in India to find a cure but what they find instead is a miracle. Now they want to share their inspiring journey with the audience. But some things shouldn’t be shared… 

BioPower is an intimate storytelling performance which unveils the beautiful moments but also the darker struggles of a relationship. It’s a labyrinth within a labyrinth style performance. While two storytellers act out the ideal couple, their relationship on stage is strongly tested. 

Farah Coppola was born in Sicily to a Sicilian father and a French mother. She ended up in the land of Dutchies at the age of ten. She kept her Italian taste in food, her French sense of romance and adopted Dutch punctuality. She fell in love with stories as a little girl. Her mom used to make up stories every night before bedtime. Later in life she rediscovered this lost love and embraced it with full force. A feeling so strong that made her quit pursuing a career in European Politics. She completed the Mezrab Storytelling School in 2021. Farah opens up about the divine comedy drama of her life-bloopers, her family and strange encounters. Farah’s style is a combination of Southern European temperament and Northern European logic. She has an open and energetic demeanor and always leaves you with something to contemplate. 

Betal Özay had been telling stories or lies (depending on your perspective) at the courthouses as a lawyer but he had enough of that. So he found a way out. The movie that he wrapped together with his sister became a box-office hit in Turkey. He became curious about what it feels like to be at the center of attraction on stage so he attended Mezrab Storytelling School in 2020. Betal likes to peel off all himself in front of the audiences about being a lawyer with weird cases, a movie-maker life dealing with celebrities, a citizen of a failing country, a husband who does not have a stable income. He definitely did not expect to celebrate his 40th birthday, getting drunk under Covid-19 lockdown talking to his family through Zoom. So what’s next?  

Directed by: Raphael Rodan
Performed by: Farah Coppola and Betal Özay
Written by: Raphael Rodan, Farah Coppola and Betal Özay
Music supervised by: Ahmet Kenan Bilgic
Lights plan by: Mirko Lazović
Photos: Anne van Zantwijk

The small theatre pact (or ‘het kleinetheaterpact’) guarantees a fringe performance every Sunday in one of the small theatres of Nijmegen! The pact is a collaboration between Thiemeloods, Theater VIER, Kunst & Cultuurplein De Verspiegeling and Meneer Otis, powered by the Municipality of Nijmegen.