Reading: Two Heads and a Hand and The Jokers at Shubbak Festival
Two works by Zoukak Theatre Company are to be performed as play readings within London’s Shubbak Festival this month: The Jokers and Two Heads and a Hand. The readings will be directed by Yasmin Hafesji. Shubbak is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, spanning exhibitions, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate.
About the works
The Jokers visits those marginal characters in society who are alienated by their otherness. Using drag and larger than life characters, Zoukak provocatively asks what constitutes an outcast. At once vilified, but equally worshipped, these figures are idols and victims at the same time. They are a foil onto which society projects their dreams and anxieties.
Two Heads and a Hand is based on texts by William Shakespeare. Can revenge ever be justified? What difference exists between violence and brutality? Numbed by the brutality shown in the media, how far can theatre go to portray it onstage? With bolshy irreverence and slapstick humour, Zoukak digs out key moments from Shakespeare plays and mashes them up into a collage for our current conflicts.