BY HALA GHOSN AND JALIE BARCILON
TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH BY KRIS SHALVEY AND ANNA JAHJAH
WORLD PREMIERE IN ENGLISH – Downstairs Belvoir, Sydney 2017
“A mesmerizing production, excellently directed by Anna Jahjah.” Sydney Arts Guide
“A fantastically diverse cast delivered some of the most committed and professional performances I’ve seen on Sydney stages.” Broadwayworld.com
“We laugh with the characters just as we despair for the hopelessness of their revolving situation. Highly recommended.” LisaThatcher
“A powerful, deeply moving, and often painfully funny exploration of the civil war.” South Sydney Herald
“It’s director Anna Jahjah’s latest triumph for Theatre Exentrique. Fresh, engaging and relevant.” Altmedia
It’s 1986 – The Daher family is separated by the war in Lebanon. Zyad and his sister Mona escape to Paris, while their brother Marwan is stuck in Beirut. He kills time on his balcony, chatting with his new neighbours. There is no electricity, hardly any water, checkpoints everywhere and yes, the occasional bombing and killing. Yet life goes on, alongside the hopes and dreams that make it all bearable.
Alternating between Paris and Beirut, between the Western world and the Orient, the play is a powerful insight into the Lebanese conflict and, indeed, into how all of us as humans deal with adversity.
After rave reviews in France and Lebanon, BEIRUT ADRENALINE finally opened in Australia at the Downstairs Theatre / Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney.
“You must see Beirut Adrenaline. When you come out of the theatre, you feel you understand the craziness better.” Libération, France
BEIRUT ADRENALINE is proudly supported by
CAST Danielle Dona, Perla Escalon, Neveen Hanna, Mansoor Noor, Eli Saad, Sana’a Shaik and Delphine Vuagnoux
Director & Producer Anna Jahjah
Production Manager Gerry Sont
Assistant Director Kris Shalvey
Lighting & Sound Designer Larry Kelly
Graphic & Set Designer Clarisse Ambroselli
Costume Designer Yvonne Hocothee
Production Photographer Emma Lois
Translators Kris Shalvey & Anna Jahjah
Performed at the Downstairs Theatre / Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney
28 July -14 August 2016