In a city at war, five young people count down the days before a boat sets sail for a safer place. Who will leave, who will stay, and what will their choices cost them?
From multiple-award winning playwright Samah Sabawi comes THEM — a compelling tale of survival, friendship, and the things we are willing to do to protect the ones we love.
THEM tells the story of one young family as they face the decision whether to flee their war-torn city. Omar, Leila and their young child are counting down the days. Their friends enjoy fantasies of escape and the arrival of Omar’s sister brings a real chance to get out – but at what cost?
Developed in consultation with people living in conflict zones and displaced by war, the play was first supported by Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric program before enjoying a sell-out extended season at the famed La Mama Theatre.
With unexpected tenderness, laughter, and song, THEM takes audiences into extraordinary circumstances to reveal our shared humanity in the ordinary moments that shape our lives.
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- Written by Samah Sabawi
- Director Bagryana Popov
- Producer, Set and Costume Design Lara Week
- Lighting Design Shane Grant
- Sound Design Elissa Goodrich
- Prop Maker Lara Chamas
- Production and Stage Manager Hayley Fox
- Touring Production Manager Shane Grant
- Cast Taj Aldeeb
- Cast Claudia Greenstone
- Cast Sahil Saluja
- Cast Mehran Tajbakhsh
- Cast Abdul Hammoud
- Cast Meena Shamaly
- Hero Photo Credit Justyn Koh
- Production Photo Credit Mark Gambino
Originally produced by Lara Week and Samah Sabawi, in collaboration with La Mama Theatre. THEM is supported by La Trobe University, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian
Government initiative, and the Australia Council for the Arts, the arts funding and advisory body of the Australian Government.
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