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Tales of a City by the Sea

Tales of a City by the Sea

 

A play about the lives of ordinary people caught up in the Gaza siege and bombardment of 2009. Jomana, a woman from the Shati refugee camp, falls in love with Rami, an American Palestinian doctor who arrives as part of the Free Gaza Flotilla. Breaking the siege sparks their love - but can it be sustained?

 

Written by: Samah Sabawi

Creative Producer: Rand Hazou

 

2:00-4:00pm, Saturday 13 October

La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton

 

Tales of a City by the Sea is a new play by Melbourne-based Palestinian playwright and activist Samah Sabawi. The play is a work in progress that tells a universal story about finding love and hope in the most extraordinary circumstances. The play offers a unique and poetic exploration of the lives of ordinary people living in the besieged Gaza strip in the winter of 2008. Jomana, a woman from the Shati refugee camp, falls in love with Rami, an American Palestinian doctor who arrives as part of the Free Gaza Flotilla.  Their love is beset by many challenges forcing Rami to make difficult decisions including the determination to make the dangerous journey through the underground tunnels that connect Gaza to Egypt. Although on the surface this love story appears to explore the relationship between diaspora Palestinians and Palestinians under occupation, there is a broader and more universal theme that emerges; one of human survival and tenacity. Tales of a City by the Sea avoids political pitfalls, ideological agendas and clichés by focusing on the human story of ordinary people living in Gaza. Although the play’s characters are fictional, the script is based on real life events and is a product of a collection of real stories the author and her family have experienced during the events of the past several years. The author wrote most of the poetry in the play during the three-week bombardment of Gaza in 2008/2009.

For More Information, visit the Tales of a City website.

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