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TAHA

By Amer Hlehel
Directed by Amir Nizar Zubai

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Australian Premiere

  • About

    TAHA is a deeply personal story from beguiling writer-performer Amer Hlehel. He recreates the life of Taha Muhammed Ali, a man who would one day become Palestine’s great poet, but whose early years as an enterprising and optimistic young villager are cut short when his home is bombed and his family are forced to flee Galilee.

    On a bench in a circle of light, Hlehel conjures the sounds, smells and tastes of Taha’s village, Saffuriyya, the market places and exhaust fumes of Haifa and the streets of Nazareth. We feel the cosy rooms, filled with the aroma of coffee, where his father presided over his salon. We smell the olive oil, figs and fresh bread at his grandfather’s bakery. He bids us follow him as his family and a hundred other villagers walk through dark woods over the disputed border to the refugee camps of Lebanon.

    In a tour de force solo performance that interweaves Taha’s exquisite poetry with his compelling and sometimes heartbreaking life journey, TAHA is so vividly realised you will feel you lived alongside him.


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  • Credits

    Written and Performed by Amer Hlehel
    Translated and Directed by Amir Zizar Zubai
    Design Ashraf Hanna
    Music Habib Shehadeh Hanna
    Lighting Muaz Jubeh
    Production Manager Khawla Ibraheem

    Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

    Supported by Charlie (Khalil) Shahin AO

    TAHA was created with the support of the A.M. Qattan Foundation

    Image Saheer Oubaid

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