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At Home in Gaza and London

Station House Opera

10 people on a stage, 5 gathered around a table, 2 cooking food, a projection of a similar scene in Gaza is on the screen behind
Photo by Rob Harris

Join us for a screening of At Home in Gaza and London in the Council Chamber at Battersea Arts Centre.

In 2016 Station House Opera and a group of artistic collaborators in Gaza began a series of digital workshops, developing a theatre piece where they appear together in a single space shared by audiences in both cities. These resulted in performances in July 2018, connecting El Wedad Theatre with Battersea Arts Centre and the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.

At Home in Gaza and London follows the lives of people living in two locations separated by great political, economic and physical divides. By using a mix of live-streaming and recorded video, a single performance space is created where artists work together. They occupy each other’s homes, streets and other social spaces. Sharing their everyday behaviour and concerns, as they dissolve into each other or become ghostly protagonists in the drama.

Many of the collaborators in the production are still living in Gaza. They have lost family members, friends, and homes. One of them, Ayah Abdulrahman died of cancer in 2019, having received intermittent yet insufficient treatment due to the blockade on Gaza. Both of the theatres we worked in have been destroyed.

At Home in Gaza and London was last presented at BAC in 2018. We now return to the space to share messages from the Gazan team and will try to connect to those we can live.

Co-directed by Julian Maynard Smith & Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso

Co-devised and performed by: Ayah Abdelrahman, Abeer Ahmed, Tara Fatehi Irani, Ali Al-Hassany, Yoko Ishiguro, Mariam Nasser, Hamza Saftawi, Walid Tafesh and Owl Young. Assistant Directors: Ebaa Rezeq and Amjad Shabat. Technical & Sound Team: Matthew Wasser, Enrico Aurigemma, Alastair Armstrong, Alex Hewitt, Paul Thomas, Mohammed AlGhoul, Mohammed Salem, Sophia Tuffin, Hani Mortaja

Produced by Ania Obolewicz for Artsadmin

The journey has been supported by: Arts Council England, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Qattan Foundation, Battersea Arts Centre, Gaza Sky Geeks, Fusion, LIFT, Arab British Centre, Watermans. With thanks to producers Victoria Lupton and Aimee Shalan (Pressure Cooker Arts), Najlaa Atallah, Yasmeen El-Khoudary.

Date and time

21 November 2023

Please note
This is now a past event.


Battersea Arts Centre, London
SW11 5TN