Image courtesy Amnesty International UK
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.
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London EC2A 3EA
Friday 9 August 2019
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Author: Ahmed Masoud
Director: Ahmed Masoud
Designer: Clio Capelle
Production: Sponsored by Amnesty International UK