THEM BY SAMAH SABAWI
Directed by Bagryana Popov
Presented by Lara Week, La Mama Theatre and Critical Stages Touring
From multiple-award-winning playwright, Samah Sabawi comes THEM — a compelling tale of survival, friendship, and the things we are willing to do to protect the ones we love.
THEM tells the story of one young family as they face the decision of whether to flee their war-torn city. Omar, Leila and their young child are counting down the days. Their friends enjoy fantasies of escape and the arrival of Omar’s sister brings a real chance to get out – but at what cost?
Photography by Justyn Koh
Developed in consultation with people living in conflict zones and displaced by war, the play was first supported by Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric program before enjoying a sell-out extended season at the famed La Mama Theatre.
With unexpected tenderness, laughter, and song, THEM takes audiences into extraordinary circumstances to reveal our shared humanity in the ordinary moments that shape our lives.
“Perhaps the most important piece of theatre you will see this year.” ★★★★★ - The Music
"A play with heart that compels us to sit up and listen, suspend prejudices and feel the anguish of these characters fighting to survive in a city shattered by senseless war." - Herald Sun
“A drama dappled with humanity and humour amid the horrors of war [...] The inextinguishable spirit of laughter, of the music of life in the face of desolation, is crucial to both the play’s poignancy and appeal.” ★★★★ - Sydney Morning Herald
Written by Samah Sabawi
Directed by Bagryana Popov
Producer, Set and Costume Design: Lara Week
Lighting Design: Shane Grant
Sound Design: Elissa Goodrich
Prop Maker: Lara Chamas
Production and Stage Manager: Hayley Fox
Touring Production Manager: Shane Grant
Cast: Taj Aldeeb, Nahed Elrayes, Claudia Greenstone, Sahil Saluja, Osamah Sami, Mehran Tajbakhsh
Originally produced by Lara Week and Samah Sabawi, in collaboration with La Mama
Theatre. THEM is supported by Laa Trobe University, the Victorian Government
through Creative Victoria, the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund
– an Australian Government initiative, and the Australia Council for the Arts, the arts
funding and advisory body of the Australian Government.
DATES & TIMES
Tuesday, 16 August - 7:30pm
Wednesday, 17 August - 10am & 1pm
Duration: 80 min (no interval)
This production contains themes of war that may affect those
with experience of conflict. Ticket holders are advised the work
contains adult themes, moderate language and sudden loud special effects.
General Admission: $25
Family of 4: $90