Confessions of a Pessoptimist
An experimental adaptation by actor Momin Swaitat of The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist
Saturday, 3rd September 2016, 19:00-20:30
“Confessions of a Pessoptimist”, an experimental adaptation by actor Momin Swaitat of The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist, a satirical novel written by celebrated Palestinian author Emile Habibi in 1974.
The original story follows the protagonist Saeed who - after being abducted by aliens - begins to reflect on the impact of Israeli occupation on the displaced communities who remained behind in historic Palestine.
This newly commissioned piece for “Chapter 31” - which will be performed in Arabic with English translation - draws on Habibi’s original text, as well as Swaitat’s own experiences of growing up in Palestine throughout the Second Intifada and going on to tour across the world with Jenin’s Freedom Theatre.
“Confessions of a Pessoptimist” will examine different experiences of dislocation, estrangement and culture-shock as well as the fantasy of return from exile.
Momin Swaitat is currently based in London - is a young theatre practitioner and performing arts teacher from Jenin refugee camp and graduate of the Freedom Theatre, Jenin and the London School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Having recently devised a solo show supported by the Goethe Institut about the 2014 assault on Gaza, he has also been teaching physical and experimental theatre at Al-Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah.
Tickets: £10 for adults and £8 for concessions at the door