New Creation: Ghalia's Miles

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Premiere: Ghalia’s Miles by 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

Zoukak Theatre Company’s newest creation “Ghalia’s Miles” will premiere in Zoukak Studio, Beirut on the 23rd of March, where it will be presented 6 times between the 23rd and the 28th of March . The play will then be presented in Deutsches Schauspielhaus Theatre, Hamburg on the 4th, 5th and 6th of April and in Tak Theatre, Berlin on the 11th and 12th of April 2019. 

Tickets: 25,000 LL
Available through ihjoz, Maliks', Khoury Home, Liban Post and at the door.

Synopsis
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.

Credits 
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 

This production was developed in the frame of the project “Cursed to Live in Interesting Times“, in cooperation with suite42 and Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Funded by the Fonds Doppelpass. 

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.