New Creation: Ghalia's Miles
“Ghalia’s Miles” is a new performance written by Maya Zbib. Zoukak will begin work on the creation this summer, between Lebanon and France. It will be presented in Lebanon and Germany in 2019 and 2020.
Fleeing her family in Lebanon in the hope of building a new life in Europe, Ghalia makes an extraordinary journey through the Arab World. On her way she encounters several women who guide her, and she sacrifices almost everything she has to make the crossing. Borrowing elements from mythological characters and archetypal figures of women warriors and nurturers, in addition to stories inspired by real women who were active in the upheavals of the Arab World, the play attempts to draw the changing map of our region through the innocent and feisty eyes of Ghalia and the strong women she meets. Ghalia slowly becomes the representation of the youth’s ability to adapt to the changing and harsh environments of our world today.
Ghalia’s Miles was first developed on a New Writing for Theatre Project with the Royal Court Theatre and the British Council between 2014-2016. It was given a staged reading as part of Told From The Inside: New Plays from Lebanon and Syria at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in June 2016 and during New and Now at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2017, in a translation by Katharine Halls, directed by Lucy Morrison.