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6 April–30 April 2016

Sandpit Arts

Scenes from 68* Years

by Hannah Khalil

Directed by Chris White

Nominated for THREE OffWestEnd awards!

Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Set Designer

A picnic interrupted by soldiers. Sunbathing in the shadow of a tank. Life can be unpredictable under occupation.

Told with typical Palestinian black humour, Scenes from 68* Years is an epic snapshot of life in Palestine, then and now. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws on stories from family and friends’ lives to paint this alternative picture – one rarely glimpsed in mainstream media.

A cast of six actors in the UK – and one Palestinian, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Skyping in daily – will take you on a whistle-stop tour through space and time, from 1948 to the present day.

Forget suicide belts and stone-hurling youths – here the real human story is revealed: the dreams, comedy, sadness and frustrations of daily life in the shadow of the ‘separation wall’.

Post-show discussions

Wednesday 20 April : With Sabrina Tucci, human rights monitor with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)
Thursday 28 April: With members of the company.
★★★★★ An exceptional production… wickedly funny and heartbreaking.
—The Stage
★★★★★ The stories weave in and out of each other in a performance that works like a beautiful piece of music.
★★★★ A deeply compassionate play, performed with real heart and humour… an authentic and moving production.
—Time Out
Remarkable...a deft, kaleidoscopic portrait of ongoing struggle, acceptance, & simple survival
This new work by Palestinian/Irish playwright Hannah Khalil confirms her as a dramatist of compelling potential
—Daily Telegraph
A deeply emotive subject but one which is approached with clear-eyed balance by Khalil
—There Ought To Be Clowns
Fresh, funny and always engaging. Khalil's talent is big and intelligent, and its still growing. Watch out.
—Naomi Wallace
Hannah Khalil's plays are like a glorious prism. Time and time again, she does not merely hover over the themes of Palestine and humanity but immerses her audience fully in the subject matter. Each play is a different tune, perfect in a different way, including her latest work, Scenes from 68* Years.
—Hanan Al Shaykh
  • Photography by Ellie Kurttz

  • Photography by Ellie Kurttz

  • Photography by Ellie Kurttz

  • Photography by Ellie Kurttz

  • Photography by Ellie Kurttz

  • Photography by Ellie Kurttz

  • Photography by Ellie Kurttz


Maisa Abd Elhadi
Yasen Atour
Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso
Janine Harouni
Pinar Ogun
Mateo Oxley
Peter Polycarpou


Hannah Khalil


Chris White


Paul Burgess

Sound Designer

Jo Walker

Lighting Designer

Martin Langthorne


Alia Alzougbi

Production Manager

Grace Craven

Stage Manager

Maia Alvarez Stratford

Assistant Costume Designer

Hollie Everill-Taylor


Mohammed Joha


Ellie Kurttz
Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening performances (6-9 April) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 8pm. Saturday matinee at 3.30pm. No performances Sunday.

Please note - Maisa Abd Elhadi will not be linking up to the show directly from Palestine during the run as originally planned but will instead be joining in live from various locations around Europe.

Running time: 100 minutes approximately .

Suitable for 12+

Press enquiries: Liz Hyder —

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020 7503 1646

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