The Westway meets the West Bank…

Enjoy homemade Palestinian food from local cafe Maramia before the show during the week or in between performances at the weekend.  Just book your meal online with the show of your preference and then pick it up from the stall beside the venue up to an hour before.  We also invite you to relax in our atmospheric pop-up Middle Eastern bar before and after the performance.

Talks

Join us for a plethora of free talks and auxiliary events discussing the many issues raised  by the plays.

Saturday 22 October, 6pm | Theatre and Palestine

Venue: Theatre Bay, Acklam Village Market | Free

Between the performances of THIS FLESH IS MINE and WHEN NOBODY RETURNS on Saturday 22nd October, we present a panel discussion around THEATRE AND PALESTINE.

Panellists:  Ola Johannson (Middlesex Universty), who will have recently returned from a research visit to the famous Freedom Theatre in Jenin

Ahmed Masoud – Palestinian writer, director and academic based in the UK, author of Vanished – The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda, and the plays Walaa – Loyalty and The Shroud Maker

Chair: Michael Walling – Artistic Director

Friday October 28, 6:00pm |Poetry from Exiled Writers Ink 

Venue: Theatre Bay, Acklam Village Market | Free

A pre-show poetry event before the performance of WHEN NOBODY RETURNS on Friday 28th October.

In these times of migrants struggling to reach European shores across the Mediterranean, hear the voices of three exiled poets who themselves endured perilous journeys to reach the UK and remember and imagine home.

About the poets:

Shirin Razavian – Is a Tehran-born British poet who has published five Farsi and English poetry collections in the UK.

Wafaa Abdulrazak – Is an Iraqi poet; widely published in Arabic with a collection in English about the child victims of war.

Zoila Forss – Is a visiting Peruvian-Finnish poet. Her first book of poetry Revontuli (Lima 2014) is bilingual collection written in Finnish and Spanish.

Exiled Writers Ink 

Chair Emma Cox (author of Theatre & Migration).  Panel – Zoe Lafferty (director Queens of Syria), Kuhel Khalid (Red Zone Theatre), Tom Green (Counterpoint Arts)

Saturday October 29, 1:00pm | Playreading – Ali and Dahlia by Tariq Jordan

Venue: Theatre Bay, Acklam Village Market | Free

Writer Tariq Jordan plays Hector and Patroclus in THIS FLESH IS MINE, and Telémakhos in WHEN NOBODY RETURNS.

ALI AND DAHLIA is his own new play: a love story set against the background of modern Palestine.

Border Crossings’ Lucy Dunkerley directs an exciting young cast in a rehearsed reading of Tariq’s play.  Take the chance to catch an exciting new script in its early stages, and to have your say about how it could develop!

Saturday October 29, 6:00pm | Theatre and the Refugee Crisis

Venue: Theatre Bay, Acklam Village Market | Free

Between the performances of THIS FLESH IS MINE and WHEN NOBODY RETURNS on Saturday 29th October, we present a panel discussion around THEATRE AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS.

Panellists:  Zoe Lafferty, director of Queens of Syria (Young Vic) and The Siege (Freedom Theatre)

Kuhel Khalid from Red Zone Theatre: a refugee director from Iraq

Mark Maughan: director of refugee theatre projects in the UK

Chair: Emma Cox – Royal Holloway, University of London – author of Theatre & Migration

Saturday, November 5, 6:00pm | The Arts and War

Venue: Theatre Bay, Acklam Village Market | Free

Between the performances of THIS FLESH IS MINE and WHEN NOBODY RETURNS on Saturday 5th November, we present a panel discussion around THE ARTS AND WAR.

Panellists:  David Wilson, founder of War Child, first director of the Pavarotti Centre in Mostar, and author of Left Field

Jonathan Chadwick, Artistic Director of AZ Theatre, who has led theatre projects in both Kosovo and Palestine

Chair: Michael Walling – Artistic Director