I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother by Amir Nizar Zuabi

I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother is directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, design by Jon Bausor, lighting by Colin Grenfell and music by Habib Shehadeh Hanna playing at Young Vic from 19 January 2010-
6 February 2010.

Palestinian theatre company ShiberHur and the Young Vic come together to produce a compelling new play by Amir Nizar Zuabi (director of Alive From Palestine).

With peace negotiations in the Middle East deadlocked, this powerful story arrives at the Young Vic direct from touring Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps in Galilee and the West Bank.

January 1948. The British Mandate is ending. The United Nations vote on who will control what part of Palestine.

Ali has a burning passion for Nada but he is in despair. Her father won’t let them marry because his brother Yusuf is ‘odd’ with his own eccentric, child-like point of view. Rufus, a soldier on the occupying British forces, longs for the cold fogs of Sheffield.

War begins. The villagers mourn the loss of the land they’ve worked for generations as unimaginable change takes place around them.

A poetic exploration of loyalty and love from the frontline.

Young Vic international associate Amir Nizar Zuabi first worked at the Young Vic in 2002 when his production of Alive From Palestine played to packed houses before touring internationally. His recent work includes Samson and Delilah (Flanders Opera, Antwerp) and a dramatisation of Jidarriya, an epic poem by the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (Edinburgh International Festival, Bouffes du Nord and international tour).

Before Nizar started his own company he directed regularly at major theatres such as El Hakawati (the Palestinian National Theatre) and Al-Kasabah in Ramallah.

This will be the third production by ShiberHur (‘an inch of freedom’) a new theatre company based in Haifa. Led by Nizar, they aim to create theatre that crosses boundaries of culture, language, geography and politics.

The play will be performed in English and Arabic (with surtitles).

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