'Gaza 2008: A Palestinian journalist writes poetry on the beach. A doctor must decide to stay or leave. Then come the missiles and the phosphorus showers.
This is the furious and tender exploration of the fragility of freedom. The national collides with the personal as activism and reporting take to the stage. Tales of a City by the Sea uses poetry, tenderness and humour to explore the love between those who have choices, and those who do not. Language fails us when it comes to displacement and grief; yet Samah Sabawi's language cracks grief open and remains present, like the sea' (publication blurb).
'A Palestinian story of love, separation and beautiful resistance.
Are your loved ones trapped behind the wall
Do they need the army’s permission
For their prayers to reach the sky
For their love to cross the ocean
And touch your thirsty heart
Are your loved ones trapped' (production blurb)
Includes glossary of Arabic words and terms.
2014: La Mama Courthouse, St Kilda, Melbourne: 12-23 November
2014: Aida Refugee Camp, Palestine; 22 November
2016: Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney seasons, beginning May 2016