Magical Tree is a modern interpretation of Karagoz, literally Black-Eye, who is the hero of traditional Turkish shadow play. The story of Magical Tree is adapted from a play named Kanlı Kavak of Turkish shadow theatre performer Muhittin Sevilen. The story is turned into screenplay after being rewritten up-to-date by Ayhan Hulagu. Karagoz and Hacivat are the lead characters of an exemplary subject of the Magical Tree like all classic shadow texts.
The story is like this: Karagoz fights with a huge tree which turns green in the middle of a neighborhood. He cuts all branches of the tree and then prepared them as wood in order to set on fire in winter times. After sometimes, he learns that the tree was magical. But there is nothing to do. Then Karagoz turns into a donkey, while his close friend Hacivat is being transformed into a goat.
The story is about protecting nature and the environment
The puppets of Karagoz and Hacivat are made from the hide of a camel or water buffalo like Ottoman Empire times. The puppets are prepared from natural colors by performing artist and they are staged with the aim of conventional methods. In general, classical Karagoz music is being played during shadow play.
Magical Tree is being turned into screenplay faithfully by taking into consideration that Karagoz theatre was included UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. It is prepared privately for children and adults. Generally, it takes 35 minutes.