Historical documentary plays provide an important basis for a nation to research its past and consider its future. Documentary plays are the plays based on historical information. Historical plays make us witness a certain age at the theatre, while documentary plays go beyond mere witness and base themselves on data related to certain events of that age trying to prove them. In summary, documentary plays attach more value to reality than to fantasy, examining facts and trying to prove them. We have recently seen some historical documentary pieces emerging in Turkish literature. Turgut Özakman’s documentary novel Çılgın Türkler Kıbrıs (2012)andMehmet Topal’s theatre play Kıbrıs’ta Türk Olmak (2009)may be mentioned as examples of the historical documentary pieces. And Sevil Emirzade’s play John Rifat may be seen as a reflection of these historical documentary pieces in Turkish Cypriot literature which is a part of Turkish literature. Sevil Emirzade’s play John Rifat is one of the most s
Sevil Emirzade, John Rifat, Historical Play, Documentary Play, Biographical Theatre.