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Tales of a City by the Sea  

Tales of a City by the Sea $20.90 ex GST
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Winner of two 2016 Drama Victoria Awards:

- Best Performance by a Theatre Company for VCE Drama

- Best New Australian Publication for VCE Drama and/or Theatre Studies Teachers and Students


If only our bodies were bulletproof

If only our boats were made of steel

If only our dreams were real.

Gaza, 2008.

A Palestinian journalist writes poetry on the beach.

A doctor must decide to stay or leave.

Then come the missiles and the phosphorus showers.

This is a furious and tender exploration of the fragility of freedom. The national collides with the personal as activism and reporting take to the stage. Tales of a City by the Sea uses poetry, tenderness and humour to explore the love between those who have choices, and those who do not. Language fails us when it comes to displacement and grief; yet Samah Sabawi’s language cracks grief open and remains present, like the sea.

Tales of a City by the Sea was staged twice in 2014: at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne and at the Aida refugee camp in Palestine.

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Cast : 7F, 6M, doubling possible, + singer

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-581-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB

Author

SAMAH SABAWI is a Palestinian Australian Canadian playwright, commentator and poet. Her plays Cries From The Land and Three Wishes had successful runs in Canada; Tales Of A City By The Sea enjoyed a sold-out season at La Mama in 2014 and an Arabic premiere at Alrowwad’s Cultural Theater Society in Palestine, and was selected for the 2016 VCE Drama Playlist. Sabawi’s poems feature in WITH OUR EYES WIDE OPEN (West End Press 2014), GAZA UNSILENCED (Just World Books 2015) and I REMEMBER MY NAME (Novum Publishing 2016). She is co-editor of DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas (Playwrights Canada Press 2016).