Be part of our love story and help us make beautiful resistance

Tales of a City by the Sea premiered in Melbourne Australia (in English)  and in Aida camp in Palestine (in Arabic) simultaneously in november 2014,  Reviews of the Australian sold out production are available here.  For information about the Palestinian production please visit our Arabic website.

This is not just a play, it is an act of beautiful resistance.

Synopsis Tales of a City by the Sea is a unique and poetic journey into the lives of ordinary people in the besieged Gaza strip prior to, during and after its bombardment during the winter of 2008.  Jomana, a Palestinian woman who lives in the Shati (beach) refugee camp in Gaza falls in love with Rami, an American born Palestinian doctor and activist who arrives on the first Free Gaza boats in 2008. Their love is met with many challenges forcing Rami to make incredible decisions the least of which is to take a dangerous journey through the underground tunnels that connect Gaza to Egypt.  Although on the surface this love story appears to explore the relationship between diaspora Palestinians and Palestinians under occupation, there is a broader and more universal theme that emerges – one of human survival and tenacity.  Tales of a City by the Sea avoids political pitfalls, ideological agendas and clichés by focusing on the human story of the people in Gaza. Although the play’s characters are fictional, the script is based on real life events and is a product of a collection of real stories the author Samah Sabawi and her family have experienced during the events of the past several years. Sabawi has written most of the poetry in the play during the three-week bombardment of Gaza in 2008/2009.

About the playwright Samah Sabawi is a Palestinian-Canadian-Australian writer, commentator and playwright.  She has travelled the world and lived in its far corners, yet always felt as though she was still trapped in her place of birth Gaza.  The war torn besieged and isolated strip has  shaped her understanding of her identity and her humanity.  So what else could Sabawi do but to indulge in Gaza’s overwhelming presence and to succumb to tell the stories of her loved ones back home.  Her most recent play Tales of a City by the Sea is dedicated to them and to all of those who still manage to have faith and hope even as the sky rains death and destruction.

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8 thoughts on “Be part of our love story and help us make beautiful resistance

  1. Anna November 24, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    What a wonderful production and cast. I was captivated for the duration of the play and was in awe of the resilience of the Palestinian people. They have been through so much and yet somehow still have smiles on their faces. Tales of a City by the Sea touched me in so many ways. Brilliant, thank you for sharing your story Samah.


  2. John Salisbury November 21, 2014 / 11:32 am

    I was lucky to see this play last Friday night.Samah’s play is a window through which you can view the lives of the Palestinian people.Their deeply forlorn situation and the way in which even young lovers are compromised. Hope this play will be internationally successful.Not only because Samah Sabawi is great,but because more people need to understand the brave people of Gaza.

  3. Sara November 20, 2014 / 9:21 am

    A moving, passionate story on the ongoing suffering of Palestinians. Beautifully portrayed and brought to life on the simplest but most effective of stages by a fiery cast. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will also give you hope, and more importantly it will teach you one of the enduring Palestinain traits; steadfastness.

  4. Joan nestle November 16, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    For the cast of “Tales of a City by the Sea,” at La Mama in Melbourne. You created on a minimal stage the hugeness of history, in your bodies, in your cadences, in the touch of your hands, and the beauty of your songs. Hugeness of injustice and of hope. We were privileged to be in your presence. To listen to your discussion after the performance, all of you sitting on the edge of that small stage, with the sheet curtains behind you, speaking of your own histories, of connections old and new, of what it meant to speak Samah Sabawi’s words, to hold in your bodies the dislocations and impossibilities that Gaza has endured–your own journeys, both of performance and of insight, offered us. I write as a 74 New York- born Jew, who will never stop protesting Israel’s brutality. Joan Nestle

  5. David oconnor November 24, 2012 / 12:08 am

    Somah so sad yet hopeful and beautiful to hear your personal portrayal on whats happening in Gaza.
    I’m referring to your radio interview on BayFm 99.9 (byron bay) radio yesterday. Do you have a recording of that interview? If so can you please upload it to your site ASAP so I can direct many friends to it.

    • gazaheart November 24, 2012 / 1:59 am

      Hello David,

      Thanks for your message and your support. I assume you are referring to the Babel program. I have just posted a link for it under Art & Culture on this website. Thanks again!


      • Christine September 21, 2013 / 11:40 pm

        Please sent news of your vidoe but it was not attached. How can I accesss it.

        Thank youfor all your efforts Christine

        • gazaheart September 22, 2013 / 8:01 am

          Hi Christine,
          Which video are you referring to?

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