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

Premiering November 12, 2014Tales of a City by the Sea, a Palestinian story of love and separation will be brought to life in Melbourne Australia and in the West Bank in Occupied Palestine.  This is not just a play, it is an act of beautiful resistance.

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Fundraising for the Palestinian production is done in partnership with  Olive Kids


Tales of a City by the Sea will be staged by La Mama in Melbourne Australia and AlRowwad theatre in Aida refugee camp in the West Bank.

All donations from this campaign will be used for the Palestinian production Occupied Palestine. Any surplus proceeds from the Palestinian production will be used to sponsor youth projects in Palestine, including literature award for youth writers and workshops to promote freedom of expression through art. 

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

  1. 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.

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