Maxine Peake to direct Bitterenders

London theatre news: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Black comedy - Fundraising

Maxine Peake is to make her directorial debut for a charity production of Hannah Khalil's Bitterenders in aid of Medical Aid For Palestinians.
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Hannah Khalil's Bitterenders is set to be live streamed from Dalston's Arcola Theatre on 9 July and will then be available on demand until 17 July.

This black comedy is to be directed by multi award-winning actress Maxine Peake making her directorial debut.

The production will be in aid of Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP) with tickets priced at £5 (inc booking fee) though you can donate more.

Maxine Peake said ...

"I've always been interested in the situation in the Middle East since I learned that my grandfather had served in mandated Palestine in the 1940s.

So, I'm delighted to be making my directorial debut with Bitterenders and that we can raise some money for MAP which is such an important humanitarian charity."

Hannah Khalil is an award-winning Palestinian-Irish writer and Bitterenders has been produced in London (at the Mosaic Rooms), Brighton and in San Francisco by Golden Thread Productions.

Hannah commented ...

"In 2010 I watched a video about Palestinians in East Jerusalem having to share their house with Israeli settlers and was struck by the dramatic potential of this story.

A while later I was re-watching an episode of the British sitcom Steptoe and Son in which the father and son are finding it impossible to live together, so divide the house in two, to hilarious and poignant consequences.

These two things came together in my head and the result is Bitterenders.

I'm so grateful to the whole team and to the Arcola for giving their time and expertise in order to raise money for Medical Aid for Palestinians."

Show listing information


Set in Jerusalem and inspired by a true story, this black comedy tells the story of a family of Palestinians who are forced, by court ruling, to share their home with a group of Israeli settlers.

Speaking directly to the situation today, this timely production balances humour, storytelling and metaphor, to give audiences a fresh perspective on the Middle East.


Sarah Agha

Murat Erkek

Rendah Beshoori

Anna Savva


Author: Hannah Khalil
Composer: Donna McKevitt
Director: Maxine Peake
Production: Matthew Dunster (Executive Producer), David Adkin and Damien Tracey (producers)




From: Friday 9 July 2021

Closed: Saturday 17 July 2021


Standard: Standard Ticket Price: £5.00 with option to donate more


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