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Tales of a City by the Sea

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Title: Tales of a City by the Sea
Author: Sabawi, Samah
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If only our bodies were bulletproof

If only our boats were made of steel

If only our dreams were real.


Gaza, 2008.

A Palestinian journalist writes poetry on the beach.

A doctor must decide to stay or leave.

Then come the missiles and the phosphorus showers.

This is a furious and tender exploration of the fragility of freedom. The national collides with the personal as activism and reporting take to the stage. Tales of a City by the Sea uses poetry, tenderness and humour to explore the love between those who have choices, and those who do not. Language fails us when it comes to displacement and grief; yet Samah Sabawi’s language cracks grief open and remains present, like the sea.

Tales of a City by the Sea was staged twice in 2014: at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne and at the Aida refugee camp in Palestine.

Cast : 7F, 6M, doubling possible, + singer

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Woven together from the actual experiences of people living under occupation in Gaza, Tales of a City by the Sea is a story of human survival and tenacity. Jomana, a Palestinian woman who lives in the Shati (beach) refugee camp in Gaza falls in love with Rami, an American born Palestinian doctor and activist who arrives on the first Free Gaza boats in 2008. Their love is met with many challenges forcing Rami to make incredible decisions the least of which is to take a dangerous journey through the underground tunnels that connect Gaza to Egypt.
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AUTHOR
SAMAH SABAWI is a Palestinian Australian Canadian playwright, commentator and poet. Her plays Cries From The Land and Three Wishes had successful runs in Canada; Tales Of A City By The Sea enjoyed a sold-out season at La Mama in 2014 and an Arabic premiere at Alrowwad’s Cultural Theater Society in Palestine, and was selected for the 2016 VCE Drama Playlist. Sabawi’s poems feature in WITH OUR EYES WIDE OPEN (West End Press 2014), GAZA UNSILENCED (Just World Books 2015) and I REMEMBER MY NAME (Novum Publishing 2016). She is co-editor of DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas (Playwrights Canada Press 2016).

Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925005813
Publishing status: Active (web)
Tales of a City by the Sea