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Returning to Haifa
Information for Returning to Haifa at Finborough, Inner London (Play). A compelling story of two families - one Palestinian, one Israeli - forced by history into an intimacy they didn't choose. In 1948, Palestinian couple Said and Safiyya fled their home during the Nakba. Now, in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, the borders are open for the first time in twenty years, and the couple dare to return back to their home in Haifa. They are prepared - of course - to find someone else living where they once did. Yet nothing could prepare Said and Safyya for the encounter they both desire and dread: the son they had to leave behind, and what he has now become... Coinciding with the 70th anniversaries of both the Nakba or "catastrophe" - the mass dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948 - and the foundation of the State of Israel, Returning to Haifa is a unique, deeply moving play of suspense and heartbreak, where humanity and vision combine with a frontline immediacy. The world premiere of the first English-language adaptation of the classic novella by Ghassan Kanafani, Returning to Haifa, adapted for the stage by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi.
Performers Myriam Acharki (Safiyya), Leila Ayad (Young Safiyya), Ammar Haj Ahmad (Said), Ethan Kai (Young Said), Marlene Sidaway (Miriam).
Author Ghassan Kanafani. Producer Lynne McConway Productions (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre). Adapted by Ismail Khalidi. Adapted by Naomi Wallace. Director Caitlin McLeod. Design Rosie Elnile. Costume Rosie Elnile. Lighting Joshua Gadsby. Sound David Gregory.

Returning to Haifa


Tuesday, 27th February 2018 to Saturday, 24th March 2018.
Tue-Sat 19:30. Sun Mat 15:00. Sat Mat 15:00 (from Mar 10)
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Returning to Haifa at Finborough, Inner LondonQTix Codes:
Listing: L0512746391
Production: T235920575
Event: S662393974
Venue: V199
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