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An autobiographical account of Kahlil Gibran's first love, Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of the iconic poet's 1912 masterpiece.
This moving new musical is written by Middle Eastern duo Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, and directed by Bronagh Lagan, with orchestrations by Joe Davison.
What inspired the acclaimed author of The Prophet to write?
What moved him to such profound philosophy in his later life?
The events of Broken Wings highlight key issues of the time, yet the themes and debates raised remain increasingly relevant today, over a century later; the fight for gender equality, the freedom to love who we love, tradition versus modernity, wealth versus happiness, immigration and the importance of 'home'.
A semi-staged production with 9-piece orchestra.
New York City, 1923.
An ageing Gibran narrates from his cold studio.
Through poetry and music, he transports us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut.
His eighteen-year-old self returns to The Middle East after five years in America, to complete his education and discover more of his heritage.
He falls deeply in love with Selma Karamy, the daughter of family friend and hugely respected local businessman, Farris Karamy.
However, Selma soon becomes betrothed to Mansour Bey Galib, nephew of the powerful Bishop Bulos Galib, who has one eye on the Karamy family fortune.
Gibran and Selma fight to reconcile their love for one another, whilst navigating the rules, traditions and expectations that their society lays before them.
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Performance days & times
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Nikita Johal - Selma
Nadim Naaman - Gibran
Rob Houchen - Gibran's teenage self
Adam Linstead - Farris
Soophia Foroughi - Mother
Nadeem Crowe - Karim
Irvine Iqbal - Bishop Bulos Galib
Sami Lamine - Mansour Bey Galib
Robert Hannouch - ensemble
Lauren James Ray - ensemble
Author: Nadim Naaman
Composer: Dana al Fardan and Nadim Naaman; Joe Davison (orchestrations)
Lyricist: Dana al Fardan and Nadim Naaman
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Production: Ali Matar