Other spaces at this venue include: The Finborough
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From27th February 2018
To24th March 2018
WhenTue-Sat 19:30. Sun Mat 15:00. Sat Mat 15:00 (from Mar 10)
What is currently on at Finborough (V199)

Returning to Haifa

Returning to HaifaT235920575
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.
Author Ghassan Kanafani

Archive :: production:T235920575, play:S662393974, venue:V199

Production details

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.


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
Performer Myriam Acharki (Safiyya)
Performer Leila Ayad (Young Safiyya)
Performer Ammar Haj Ahmad (Said)
Performer Ethan Kai (Young Said)
Performer Marlene Sidaway (Miriam)

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