Hajja Souad, an 80-year old Palestinian woman living on the besieged Gaza Strip, knows about business. She has survived decades of wars and oppression through making shrouds for the dead. A compelling black comedy, The Shroud Maker delves deep into the intimate life of ordinary Palestinians to weave a highly distinctive path through Palestine’s turbulent past and present. Loosely based on a real life character still living in Gaza, this one-woman comedy weaves comic fantasy and satire with true stories told first hand to the writer, and offers a vivid portrait of Palestinian life in Gaza underscored with gallows humour.
Written and directed by Ahmed Masoud | Performed by Julia Tarnoky | Designed by Dima Karout
15 February ’19 at 7:30 pm – 3 February ’19 at 9:00 pm
Performances will run at:
The Volcano Theatre, Swansea on 15 Feb http://www.volcanotheatre.co.uk/whats-on/shroud-maker
Greenwich Theatre, London from 25-28 February https://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/events/shroud-maker
The Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes on 03 March http://www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/the-shroud-maker/15346/
Ahmed Masoud is a writer, director and academic based in the UK and author of Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda. His plays include Camouflage (London, May 2017), Walaa/Loyalty (London, June & November 2014), Unto the Breach (London, November 2012 & Vienna, November 2013) and Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea (London, 2009 & Edinburgh Fringe, August 2009). His radio piece Escape from Gaza was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.