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Where the Streets had a Name

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Title: Where the Streets had a Name
Author: Di Cesare, Eva (adapt from Randa Abdel-Fattah)
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Where the Streets had a Name
adapted from the novel by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Eva Di Cesare

Thirteen-year-old Hayaat and her family spend their days dodging curfews, trying to buy a week’s groceries before the sirens blare, remembering their home among the olive groves before it was taken from them. But when the curfew breaks and her beloved grandmother Sitti Zeynab is taken to hospital, Hayaat sets out on a mission to retrieve a jarful of soil from the family’s old farm so she can grant Sitti’s last wish of touching the soil of her homeland once more.

All Hayaat and her friend Samy have to do is cross the hated wall that divides the West Bank and traverse the most dangerous patch of land on earth.

Eva Di Cesare has adapted Randa Abdel-Fattah’s book into a daring adventure of freedom and friendship, exile and courage, family and love.

‘What does home mean to a community that cannot return to their homeland? When your home is occupied and you have no right of return, you hold on to what you can; the key to the front door, the title deeds to your land, a jar of soil.’ — Eva Di Cesare


EVA DE CESARE graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in 1989 and is one of the founding members of Monkey Baa Theatre Company. Most recently she directed the company’s production of Randa Abdel-Fattah’s Where the Streets Had a Name and Jackie French and Bruce Whatley’s Diary of A Wombat, which toured to 59 venues throughout Australia and was invited to showcase in Philadelphia, USA, at the International Performing Arts for Youth Conference (IPAY). Eva co-adapted the Sydney Theatre Award-winning play of Li Cunxin’s The Peasant Prince, the Helpmann Award-winning plays of Jackie French’s Hitler’s Daughter and Sonya Hartnett’s Thursday’s Child, Tim Winton’s The Bugalugs Bum Thief, Morris Gleitzman’s Worry Warts, Gillian Rubinstein’s The Fairy’s Wings, Stephen Michael King’s Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat, Susanne Gervay’s I Am Jack, Elizabeth Fensham’s Goodbye Jamie Boyd, Duncan Ball’s Emily Eyefinger, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley’s Pete the Sheep and Jackie French’s Josephine Wants to Dance. Eva’s acting credits include The Bugalugs Bum Thief, Worry Warts and The Fairy’s Wings for Monkey Baa; the world premiere of Disarming Rosetta (Hothouse Theatre 2011), written by Rosalba Clemente and directed by Tom Healey; Una Festa di Nozze (Doppio Teatro, Adelaide Festival and Singapore Festival 1996); Emma and Love and Magic in Mamma’s Kitchen (Belvoir St 1995/1991); Ricordi (Doppio Teatro and Melbourne Festival 1990); A Play on Worlds (Kings Bloody Cross Theatre 1990) and Five Times Dizzy (Theatre South 1999). She has also played a leading role and was musical director for Theatre South’s Italian Stories. Film and TV credits include All Saints, GP, A Country Practice, Bony, Police Rescue, English at Work and Last Days of Chez Nous. In 2013 Eva developed and facilitated the Discover the Stage—Digital Drama Workshops for the Sydney Opera House with Tim McGarry. They also co-wrote and directed the 2013 Opera House Babies Proms Series and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (with Sandra Eldridge) for CDP Theatre Producers and Simon Tedeschi Pianist and Prankster for Monkey Baa. Eva is currently co-writing Possum Magic, based on the wonderful picture book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas.

Publication date: 01/10/2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760622107
Publishing status: Active
Where the Streets had a Name