Obliterated at Amnesty International UK


Monday 24 June 2019


Free events - Shows

A free event at Amnesty International UK, features a new drama by Palestinian writer Ahmed Masoud, to be performed by Maxine Peake - on 9 August 2019.
Obliterated at Amnesty International UK

Image courtesy Amnesty International UK


Maxine Peake will perform Ahmed Masoud's new drama - Obliterated - at Amnesty International UK in Hackney on 9 August 2019.


The show is free to attend, but registration is required - you can do that here.


Obliterated explores the complexity of a society that has lived under siege for over a decade, delving deep into humanity's most urgent social and political challenges with darkly satirical humour.


Amanda McHugh is a British lawyer living in Slough with her husband Naseem who goes missing as he embarks on a journey to visit his family back home in the Gaza Strip.


The play is directed by Ahmed Masoud and designed by Clio Capelle and is sponsored by Amnesty International UK.


The performance will be followed with a Q&A with the creative team chaired by the renowned journalist Ben White.


Ahmed Masoud described the production as a


"journey to the abyss of humanity, where normal life becomes entangled with political complexities.


Yet the reality of people, their humour, their kindness, hopefulness and determination make you forget all the darkness around".


Maxine Peake said ...


"I am pleased to be performing a play which takes the audience somewhere they can't often go to, a place in the world often on the news for the wrong reason.


Obliterated brings this place to life with complexities that you find in any place".


Synopsis


Obliterated is a new drama by Palestinian writer Ahmed Masoud, to be performed by Maxine Peake.


It explores the complexity of a society that has lived under siege for over a decade, delving deep into humanity's most urgent social and political challenges with darkly satirical humour.


What happens when your life turns upside down?


How do you deal with a partner who has disappeared?


Where do you start looking?


Amanda McHugh is a British lawyer living in Slough with her husband Naseem who goes missing as he embarks on a journey to visit his family back home in the Gaza Strip.


Having lost faith in the British Foreign Office, Amanda decides to undertake the perilous journey to Palestine and find her husband herself, a voyage that takes her through the ISIS-threatened Sinai Desert to enter Hamas-controlled Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing with Egypt.


Having failed to get out of Gaza through the Erez Crossing because of the Israeli siege on The Strip, Amanda finds herself stuck in Gaza and unable to return home until the Rafah Crossing opens once more.


While there, she uncovers a dark secret which haunts Naseem's past.


For many British citizens who are married to Palestinians from Gaza, the idea of going to the Strip and spending time with family is out of the question given the closure of borders.


However, Amanda faces these challenges with gallows of bravery and bittersweet moments.


Cast


Maxine Peake

Creatives


Author: Ahmed Masoud
Director: Ahmed Masoud
Designer: Clio Capelle
Production: Sponsored by Amnesty International UK

Venue


Amnesty International UK
25 New Inn Yard
London
EC2A 3EA

Dates


From: Friday 9 August 2019

Closes: Friday 9 August 2019

Tickets


Standard: Tickets are free but advanced online booking is essential


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Links


Show website
ActDrop full listing for Obliterated

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