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.


“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

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Venue Information

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Cast & Creative Team

Amir Nizar Zubai

Ashraf Hanna

Lighting Designer
Muaz Jubeh

Composer & Sound Designer
Habib Shehadeh Hanna

Amer Hledel


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)

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