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Tue, 30 Oct 2018, 7:30PM

Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 7:30PM


30 – 31 Oct 2018

Duration 1hr 30mins


Tue, 30 Oct 2018, 7:30PM

Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 7:30PM


Dunstan Playhouse


Ages 16 and up


Adult $65.00

Concession $55.00

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Occasional/minimal Coarse Language; Simulated Smoking; Some Violent Themes and Imagery

Concession includes

Pensioner, Senior, Fulltime Student with ID, Unemployed

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Australian Premiere

Performed in Arabic with English surtitles

After crossing one of the security check-points widespread in Damascus, 30-year-old Taim was brutally beaten under mysterious circumstances and is now in a coma. As his family and friends try to make sense of what has happened to him, they are forced to confront painful realities as long-buried secrets and complicated relationships are revealed. On a two-tiered stage, the audience watches Taim’s loved ones gather around his hospital bed, while his spirit simultaneously observes them from above. In joining his voice to theirs, together they attempt to understand the upheaval in their everyday lives.

Taim’s coma is a metaphor for war-ravaged Syria, a country hovering between hope and despair, life and death. Celebrated Syrian playwright Mohammed Al Attar and director Omar Abusaada masterfully humanise a political situation, offering a gripping portrait of ordinary characters facing ordinary problems in a world turned strange and cruel – and in doing so, powerfully connecting Syrian people with the rest of the world.

Western spectators feel like they have a direct line to Syrian society in all its complexity. Télérama

Artist Q&A
After 7.30pm performance

IMAGES | Didier Nadeau, Stavros Habakis