The Shroud Maker
  • Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ

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The Shroud Maker is an evocative black comedy that delves deep into the troubles of Palestinians as they respond creatively to their challenging everyday lives under siege and occupation.

What’s the best business one can establish in Gaza? 

Hajja Souad, an 80-year old woman living in El Shujaia Neighbourhood, has the right idea. She’s survived decades of wars, deportation and oppression through making and selling shrouds for the dead, profiting from the continuous Israeli attacks. Loosely based on a real life character still living in Gaza, The Shroud Maker is a dark new satire telling Hajja's story of survival.

The play is authored by Ahmed Masoud, a Palestinian writer and director, who grew up in Gaza and currently lives in the UK. Ahmed is an active member of the University's Displacement Studies Research Network. Together with University colleagues and members of DSRN, Dr Marta Hawkins and Rosie Brennan, they have organised this event in partnership with Refugee Week, Plymouth Barbican Theatre and the University of Plymouth.

The play starts at 19:30 (running time: 75 minutes). Tickets are £5 each and selling fast with all revenue going directly to Refugee Week. Please book via the above link or contact the Barbican Theatre Box Office on +44 (0)1752 267131 for any queries.

The book in the name of the play was published by Oberon Books Ltd last month and will be on sale during the play and can also be ordered online via the Amazon website.
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