Karajoz: The Shadow Puppet

Karajoz derives its unique name from a shadow puppet show, believed to have originated in South East Asia and now popular across the Middle East.

Karajoz, a blacksmith, and his friend Hacivat were executed for talking too much, while at work building a mosque and distracting other workers. However, townsfolk missed the pair’s humorous repartee and invented a puppet show to honour the comedians.

Karajoz came to represent the man on the street. The play is always packed with witty dialogue. Derek chose Karajoz, to honour the working-class hero and to convey the culture and the spiritual reverence of coffee drinking as it is understood and practised in the Middle East.