Royal Court Theatre and Theatre Uncut

two Palestinians go dogging

By Sami Ibrahim

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Sat 07 May - Wed 01 Jun 2022

“Your hobbies are limited to Arab Idol and cooking lentils and having sex in fields late at night.” 

The year is 2043, and Reem and her husband Sayeed are here to share a ‘Serious Play about Palestine’.  

Things are tense. People are on the edge. The Fifth Intifada is right around the corner. 

But on a contested piece of land near their village of Beit al-Qadir, this couple is about to go dogging. 

Don’t worry, you’re allowed to laugh. 

“If a story about Palestine doesn’t feature a tormented examination of the Arab-Israeli conflict, is it even a story about Palestine?” 

two Palestinians go dogging by Sami Ibrahim won the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award and uses the lens of humour to explore how the everyday becomes political and the political becomes everyday in a conflict zone. The production will be directed by Omar Elerian.

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Post-Show Talk Tue 24 May

A Q&A with writer Sami Ibrahim. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

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Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Mon – Sat: 7:45pm

Thu & Sat matinees: 3pm (from 14 May)

Running time: Approx. 2 hours 50 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

No latecomers, and no re-entry during the performance.

The show contains flashing lights, haze, strobe, sudden and loud noise, and strong language.

Guidance and Emotive Content Warnings for two Palestinians go dogging

We encourage and support audience members, unless medically exempt, to wear face coverings throughout the venue and in the auditorium, out of respect for others, and in support of the cast. Read full details about your visit to the Royal Court here.

Access Performances

Captioned: Fri 27 May at 7:45pm

Relaxed Environment: Sat 28 May at 3pm

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