i / the Gambler

The show

The theater workshop “The Gambler” began in October 2015 in Athens, in the artistic space SYNERGY-O. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s homonym novel was the key of inspiration.  The story and its heroes stimulated the workshop’s participants - 5 men addicted to excessive gambling in the past - to re-cite their experience of addiction. The artistic process was based on research through improvisation focusing on their personal stories.  The result of this nine month experience was the creation of the documentary theatre performance “i / the Gambler,” which took place on the 22nd of July 2016, in the main stage of the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. Theaudience's warm reception inspired us to take the show further, both in Greece and abroad.


The workshop continues during the year 2016-17 with the participation of individuals who have completed their treatment of gambling addiction.



The show is available for touring internationally.  We are interested indeveloping joined workshops and residencies with organizations, festivals, artists and theatres with similar interests.



Concept– Direction Ioanna Valsamidou, Yolanda Markopoulou

Dramaturgy the group

Assistant Director Maria Makrynikola

Stageand Costume Design Magda Plevraki

Music Lampros Pigounis

Lighting Design Cecilia Tselepidi

Set Design Assistant Georgia Avrami

Photos Elina Yiounanli

With the friendly support of Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)