Sandpit Arts

Scenes from 68* Years

Hannah Khalil

Directed by: Chris White

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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.