KEY TO RETURN
Thursday, 3rd February 2022 | 18:30 - 20:30
An Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) trip throughout the West Bank in Nov 2019 prompted actor/writer Norma Cohen to write her play KEY TO RETURN.
Long suffering tour guide Ahmad steers illicit sightseers through Israel and the West Bank foiled by checkpoints and settler confrontations, when his simmering patience finally snaps.The play highlights the turbulence of daily Palestinian life under occupation.Told through a clamouring chorus of voices alive and dead, stories of suffering, displacement and revolt are revealed during an erratic, day long road trip through Israel and the Occupied Territories led by a genial driver waylaid into confrontation at every roadblock and military incursion.
Directed by Steve Tiller (OperaMachine) with a brilliant cast of Middle Eastern & North African actors, there will be a 75 min. work-in-progress performance with music + Q&A on Thursday 3rd Feb. at 6pm for 6:30 PM at P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, NW1 1JD.
This performance is dedicated to the memory of, a Bedouin activist elder Haj Suleiman killed by an Israeli truck on Jan. 17th, 2022. Norma met Haj Suleiman on her visit to the village of Umm al-khair. His brave stance against settlers & the military inspired a major, culminating scene in her play.