Three Rooms

World Premiere by Amal Omran, Hatem Hadawe & Kathryn Hamilton

14–15 July 2017
Arcola Theatre

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Three Rooms by Amal Omran, Hatem Hadawe and Kathryn Hamilton. Photo: Valerij Lisac

Three Rooms by Amal Omran, Hatem Hadawe and Kathryn Hamilton. Photo: Valerij Lisac


World Premiere

Fri 14 & Sat 15 July 2017, 8pm
In English with some Arabic

Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street
London, E8 3DL
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Three Rooms is a live film that takes place simultaneously in Istanbul, London and Paris, with one performer in each location.

Originally the trio were planning to stage a play, but the changing political landscape meant that two of the performers couldn’t get visas. Refusing to replace those unable to travel, they began to experiment with ways of working that could overcome the physical restrictions, creating a new kind of live-ness for this new world.

Three Rooms invites the audience into the quiet intimacies of daily life when you are essentially confined to your room – making tea, reading books, smoking cigarettes while watching the seagulls over Istanbul roof-tops, or watching the grey clouds over the Paris suburbs. It gestures towards the irreplaceability of people, and the impossibility of representing their experience without them.

Presented in partnership with Arcola Theatre. Performance(s) Between Two Shores is supported by the European Commission. In partnership with: Les Bancs Publics – Festival Les Rencontres à l’échelle (FR), BOZAR (BE), Dancing on the edge (NL), Globalize: Cologne platform for dance & theater (DE), SEE Foundation (SE) – D-CAF Festival (EG).

Amal Omran
Amal Omran is one of the most outstanding, contemporary Syrian actresses. Born in 1969, she graduated from the acting department of the prestigious Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus in 1989, and since then has acted in numerous plays, TV series and cinema films. Most recently in the play While I was waiting, which premiered at the Avignon Theater festival and has been touring Europe since then. In addition to acting, Amal Omran also has experience in teaching and directing drama.

Kathryn Hamilton
Kathryn Hamilton is a performance maker based in New York and Istanbul. She is the founder and director of Sister Sylvester. Her most recent production is They are Gone, which performed in the framework of Under The Radar’s Incoming! series. Next to directing, she has taught and mentored students at Columbia University, New York University and Boğaziçi, Istanbul. She spent the years 2011-2013 in disguise as a French diplomat in New York.

Hatem Hadawe
Hatem Hadawe is a writer and actor from Dair al Zour, currently living in Istanbul. His most recent play was The Endless Rehearsal, directed by Amal Omran. Recent performances include Welcome by Kathryn Hamilton, performed at Alt,Bomontiade in Istanbul; The Maids, directed by Vahid Awad Zadeh, as part of Corner in the World Festival, Istanbul; and Say Yes Say No, directed by Amal Omran. He covered events in the city of Dair al Zour during the Syrian Revolution and communicated with many media outlets as well as preparing news reports for Channel Alourient and working as a photographer for the Der Ezzor Channel. Hadawe is also a student of Dervish dance.

Performance(s) between Two Shores

This event is part of Performance(s) between Two Shores – a series of three new works from Arab theatre artists who are now creating in Europe. Commissioned by six partners and funded by the European Commission, these works tour internationally and develop new audiences for Arab theatre artists in Europe.
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