UK Premiere | Syria | France
Ayat, Hend, Ola (currently Ali), Mariam, Rowaida and Kenda are Syrian activists who have been held in the notorious Adra prison. Their periods of imprisonment range from the 80s to more recent ones since the revolution in 2011. Using their own words, each person takes us right into the heart of prison life. With simple gestures and quiet intensity they tell of tender moments between women and children, confessional letters to loved-ones and small acts of kindness.
They speak of the strengths they drew on to survive and their determination to resist. Their personal stories are of violence and pain, but also of solidarity, hope and an unshakable faith in freedom. With great delicacy and simple direction, director Ramzi Choukair and dramaturg Wael Kadour allow the women to present their lives and touch us with their deep humanity and dignity.
Singer Hala Omran is the seventh character, uniting the production with haunting sounds of traditional Arab song and opera. Ramzi Choukair is an actor and director, based in Marseille. He performed in London in the National Theatre production of Salome in 2017.
Presented with support from a private donor who choses to remain anonymous.