|Photo by Justyn Koh|
Making the decision to flee
the decision whether to flee. Caught in a city at war, Omar, Leila and their young child count
down the days before a boat sails to a safer place.
The journey will come at a cost. Is it a cost they are prepared to pay?
This May, Them will have its world premiere at La Mama Courthouse directed by award-winning director Bagryana Popov. The production brings together an extraordinary team of artists with roots in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Bulgaria, Afghanistan, Malta and Chile; from diverse faith backgrounds including Muslim, Jewish and Christian.
The production builds on 3 years of creative development including consultation on the script with people living in conflict zones and others who have been displaced by war. There was also script development with Melbourne Theatre Company as part of their Cybec Electric program in 2018.
The inspiration for writing Them came to Samah Sabawi in Finland in 2015. At the time, there were protests in the street of Helsinki by citizens demanding tighter immigration measures against what they described as an "invasion" of asylum seekers.
Sabawi was encouraged to stay indoors that day. She was told it might not be safe for her as an Arab woman outside.
Written by Samah Sabawi
Directed by Bagryana Popov
Set and costume design by Lara Week
Lighting design by Shane Grant
Sound design by Elissa Goodrich
Stage Managed by Hayley Fox
Performed by Abdulrahman Hammoud, Priscilla
Doueihy, Claudia Greenstone, Khisraw Jones-Shukoor, Reece Vella, and Nahed Elrayes
DATE 29 May - 9 June 2019
TIME Wed 6.30pm, Thu - Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm
DURATION Approximately 90 minutes
VENUE La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond Street, Carlton
TICKETS $30 Adult | $20 Concession
BOOKINGS 03 9347 6948 or www.lamama.com.au