And Here I Am to tour UK

Following the earliest footsteps of life through a warzone, And Here I Am is a coming-of-age story that witnesses the comedic absurdities of growing up in one of the world’s most troubled conflict zones. A world away from headlines and news bulletins, And Here I Am charts the intimate truths of Ahmed Tobasi’s personal odyssey. From his birth in a Palestinian refugee camp; to unwittingly escaping invading soldiers by playing hide and seek; And Here I Am is a tale of everyday human experiences against a backdrop of inhumane circumstances.

Combining fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy, spanning both the first and second Palestinian Intifadas, And Here I Am follows Tobasi through his transformation from armed resistance fighter to artist; his journey as a refugee in the West Bank to Norway, and then back again.

In a series of tragicomic episodes vividly brought to life by award winning writer Hassan Abdlrazzak, And Here I Am is directed by Zoe Lafferty, whose directing credits include Queens of Syria (Young Vic/New London Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Everyman, Liverpool).

 

“A raw yet artful reminder of our common humanity… graceful, painful, unsentimental”

★★★★★ The Times (Queens of Syria)

 

Born in Jenin refugee camp during the first Intifada, Tobasi’s childhood was overshadowed by the Israeli occupation. After joining the armed resistance at the age of 17, Tobasi was shot during the ruthless invasion of his camp that saw friends and family murdered, and his home razed to the ground. After being arrested and incarcerated for four years in an Israeli desert prison, Tobasi eschewed pressure to return to armed resistance.

Instead he opted to continue fighting with art, leading him to political asylum in Norway whilst studying at the prestigious Nordic Black Theatre. In 2013 he returned to Jenin Refugee Camp, and to The Freedom Theatre, contributing to the local artistic movement which focused on using culture as a form of resistance. 

Developing Artists is a registered charity working to support the arts in conflict nations and marginalised communities. The development of the project has been supported by The Shubbak Festival, Nordic Black Theatre, The British Council, Fritt Ord, The Freedom Theatre, Jenin Refugee Camp, Al Qattan Foundation and The Arab Fund For Arts and Culture.

UK TOUR DATES

Tue 27 – Wed 28 June

01242 572573

Cheltenham, The Everyman Theatre                                                                       everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Fri 30 Jun – Sat 1 July

023 8067 1771

Southampton, The Nuffield Theatre       

nstheatres.co.uk

 

Thu 3 – Sat 8 July

020 7503 1646

London, Arcola Theatre (Shubbak Festival)   

arcolatheatre.com

 

Mon 10 – Tue 11 July

0843 208 6000

Salford, The Lowry (Shubbak Festival)          

thelowry.com

 

Wed 12 July

0151 709 4988

Liverpool, The Unity Theatre (Shubbak Festival)     

unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Fri 14 – Sat 15 July

01392 434169

Exeter, The Bike Shed Theatre (Part of the Boat Shed Festival)   

bikeshedtheatre.co.uk

 

Mon 17 – Tue 18 July

0131 220 4348

Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms     

assemblyroomsedinburgh.co.uk

 

Wed 19 July

01865 319450

Oxford, The North Wall    

thenorthwall.com

 

Thu 20 & Fri 21 July

01223 300085

Cambridge, ADC Theatre    

adctheatre.com

 

Sat 22 July

0300 3033 211

Halesworth, The Cut Arts Centre  

newcut.org

 

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