Told From The Inside (New Plays from Syria and Lebanon)

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Over the last two years, the Royal Court Theatre has worked with 12 writers from Syria and Lebanon running workshops led by playwrights David Greig and Sam Holcroft with Royal Court International Director Elyse Dodgson.

Now, with the final drafts delivered, we are proud to present works-in-progress of three of the most urgent plays directed by Royal Court Associates Richard Twyman (International) and Lucy Morrison.

Each give a rare insight into one of the most dangerous conflicts of our times, told by young voices who are living the situation from the inside.

By Liwaa Yazji (Syria)
Translated by Yasmine Seale
Directed by Richard Twyman
7 & 8 March 2016, 9pm
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

A small government held town in Syria. Coffins pile up as grieving families struggle to cope with the impact of civil war. The local mayor decides to compensate the families: a goat for each son martyred. As the town slowly fills with goats, the community tries to hold on to its sanity.

Ghalia’s Miles
By Maya Zbib (Zoukak Theatre Company, Lebanon)
Translated by Katharine Halls
Directed by Lucy Morrison
9 & 10 March 2016, 9pm
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Ghalia tries to escape from her violent family and an arranged marriage, by fleeing to Beirut in the hope of reaching Europe. On the way she sacrifices almost everything she has to make the crossing. A journey through a Middle East in turmoil told by a chorus of women.

The Final Return
By Ghiath Mhithawi (Syria)
Translated by Victoria Lupton and Stefan Tarnowski
Directed by Richard Twyman
11 & 12 March 2016, 9pm
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Houssam, a soldier, returns home from the frontline. Broken by the conflict, he seeks approval from his family to desert the Syrian army. He soon learns their belief in him as a “hero” is the only thing keeping them together.

International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project.
Supported by the British Council.

Age Guidance 14+


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