Performance: Ghalia's Miles
Zoukak Theatre Company
23-28 March, 8:30pm at Zoukak studio
Dedicated to the memory of Elyse Dodgson (1945 - 2018) - Director of the international programme at the Royal Court
Tickets: 25,000 LL
Available through ihjoz, Maliks', Khoury Home, Liban Post and at the door.
Performance language: Arabic
English subtitles available only on the 28th of March
Duration: 120 minutes
Zoukak Theatre Company’s newest creation “Ghalia’s Miles” will premiere in Beirut on the 23rd of March at Zoukak Studio where it will be presented 6 times between the 23rd and the 28th of March .
Fleeing her family in Lebanon in the hope of building a new life in Europe, Ghalia, a pregnant teenager, 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 from 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.
Author: Maya Zbib
Director: Omar Abi Azar
Performers: Lamia Abi Azar, Rym Mroueh, Junaid Sarieddine, Raeda Taha and Maya Zbib
Music composer: Layale Chaker
Live musicians: Layale Chaker (violin) and Simona Abdallah (percussions)
Scenographer: Hussein Baydoun
Light designer: Charlie Astrom
Technical director: Nadim Deaibes
Assistant director and stage manager: Sari Shrayteh
Production managers: Mohamad Hamdan and Soumaya Berri
Project coordinator: Rana Aaraj
Communication officer: Marianne Kortbani
Graphic designer: Maya Chami
Supported by: Drosos
Co-produced by: Théâtre des 13 vents Centre Dramatique National Montpellier
Media partners : Al-Akhbar - Al-Araby TV - l'Orient le Jour
This production was developed in the frame of the project “Cursed to Live in Interesting Times“, in cooperation with Suite 42 and Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg.
Funded by the Fonds Doppelpass of the Kulturstiftung Des Bundes.
Ghalia’s Miles was written by Maya Zbib and 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 at the Edinburgh International Festival’s ‘New and Now’ in August 2017 translated by Katharine Halls and directed by Lucy Morrison.