Play to shock, educate, inspire

Alissar Gazal plays the Grandmother.

Story appeared in: Review | August 21st, 2017

THE award-winning theatre company for young people, Monkey Baa, will premiere this month 'Where the Streets Had a Name', a new Australian play based on the novel by Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Exploring themes of occupation, displacement, family and friendship, the play will introduce audiences to Hayaat, a thirteen-year-old girl on a mission.
Hayaat believes a handful of soil from her family's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Grandmother's life. Standing between her and her goal is the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank.
But luck is on her side. Hayaat and her best friend Samy have a curfew-free day to travel to Jerusalem. However, while their journey may only be a few kilometres long, it may take a lifetime to complete.
Monkey Baa is dedicated to creating work that offers young people a truly multifaceted reflection of the world they inhabit; and this story will not only reflect Randa's Palestinian and Egyptian heritage, but the experiences of many other Australians who were displaced from their homelands.
"Seeing the story of a Palestinian girl on a stage in Australia feels like the culmination of all my activist efforts over the years," says Randa Abel-Fattah whose novel the play was based on.
"For me, this play is an affirmation that what defines our intrinsic humanity is our capacity for story-telling. Showing people the human intricacies of life and relationships is infinitely more powerful than any op-ed I will ever write."
'Where the Streets Had a Name' will premiere at Riverside Theatres Parramatta on August 30-Septemb 1, followed by performances at the Lendlease Darling Quarter in September.
Bookings: or 02 8839 3399

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Publication: Review | Section: Entertainment | Author: Cindy Lynch | Story ID: 130371 | Viewcount: 331