Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and Merrigong Theatre Company presents

Taha - Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

By Amer Hlehel. Translated by Amir Nizar Zubai.

Direct from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals comes a deeply moving and award-winning story from writer-performer Amer Hlehel.

20 Mar – 20 Mar


With this small pencil I will write the world...

Coming direct from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals, we’re delighted to present the award-winning, lyrical and nuanced story of the life of acclaimed Palestinian poet Taha
Muhammad Ali (1931-2011).

In his powerfully moving and humorous verse, the celebrated writer documented hopeful survival after 50 years of loss – loss of his home, his lover, his friends and his shop in
Saffuriyeh, Galilee. It is a story that parallels the experiences of a million and a half Palestinians who remained in their homeland after 1948.

Adapted from Adina Hoffman’s biography My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness and the poet’s own works, writer-performer Amer Hlehel has created a tour de force solo
performance that skillfully interweaves Taha’s singular and exquisite poetry with his compelling life journey.

Performed in English (with a special one-off performance in Arabic), Taha powerfully communicates the sorrow, humour, resilience and tender humanity of an extraordinary man
and artist. It is a delight for the mind, and nourishment for the heart.

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains adult themes.

Reviews

“Rich, vivid… acutely moving. Simply beautiful” - The Times (UK)

“An inspiring piece, delicate, deeply affecting. Warmly recommended” – The Independent (UK)

“Pure poetry blossoms in deceptively simple show” - The Evening Standard (UK)

“A simple but well-crafted biographical portrait of an ordinary man who made himself into something more” - British Theatre Guide

Buy tickets: For more information and bookings visit Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.

Photo by Saheer Oubaid



Commenting is provided by Facebook. Merrigong Theatre Company reserves the right to remove comments.

Venue Information

Venue
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

Map

View larger map

Cast & Creative Team

Director
Amir Nizar Zubai

Designer
Ashraf Hanna

Lighting Designer
Muaz Jubeh

Composer & Sound Designer
Habib Shehadeh Hanna

Cast
Amer Hledel

Details

Pricing
Adult: $49
Pen/Group 8+: $46.50
Under 30s: $44

Performance Times
General Public:
Tues 20 Mar, 8pm

Running Time
Approx. 1hr 5 mins (no interval)

Tickets On Sale
Available Now