A RIVETING TRUE STORY OF TRAUMA AND SURVIVAL BASED ON THE REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES OF AN AID WORKER IN THE MIDDLE EAST DURING THE ARAB SPRING.
Recommended age: 14+ contains strong language and descriptions of war
Revolution Days follows Samira, an Aid Worker from Scotland, who goes through a baptism of fire during the ‘Revolutions’ in the Middle East. Believing she can make a difference, she takes on every mission, until, against a backdrop of war and violence, she is confronted by her own vulnerability.
Staged as the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising draws to a close, this powerful play is told through the eyes of a young woman straddling both ‘her Scottishness and Arabness’.
The play is accompanied by the film Revolution Days: A True Reflection – a collection of interviews with people from Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan who experienced the Revolutions first hand.
Written by Mariem Omari | Directed by Shilpa T Hyland
PRODUCTION DATES: Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh 23rd -24th November, Tramway Glasgow 26th - 27th November
FILM DATES: Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh 23rd -24th November, Tramway Glasgow 26th November - 5th December
Supported by Creative Scotland
"The actor was completely captivating and it was so beautifully simple in its production. I totally loved it. I've run out of superlatives to explain how in awe of that piece of theatre I am. Everyone needs to see it." Clare, Glasgow
"A vivid, complex, and unforgettably challenging show..." The Scotsman
Cast: Raghad Chaar
Director: Shilpa T Hyland
Writer & Producer: Mariem Omari
AV Designer: Lewis Den Hertog
Set Designer & Costume: Jen McGinley
Lighting Designer: Benny Goodman
Composer: Niroshini Thambar
Sound Designer: Nik Paget-Tomlinson
Stage & Production Manager: Katy Steele
Dramaturg: Katherine Mendelsohn
AV Support: Andy Reid
Producer Support: Jana Robert
Photography: Mihaela Bodlovic
Design: Ross Carmichael
PR Consultant: Sharon McHendry
Marketing Advisor: Leila Talmadge
Shilpa T Hyland, Director, said:
"A decade on from the 'Arab Spring' Mariem Omari's play Revolution Days brings us a story of pain, resilience, and empathy.”
“Drawing from her real experiences as a humanitarian, it explores the act of witnessing, investigating the effect that second hand trauma and violence can have at a personal level, as well as the nuances of what it means to be part of the mechanisms that report on global revolutionary events."
Revolution Days: A True Reflection
Film runtime: 18 minutes
Marking the 10 year anniversary of the Arab Spring, Revolution Days: A True Reflection, draws together the accounts of four people who were part of the revolutions in their countries – Ahlam from Yemen, Adil from Sudan, Noor from Libya, and Sana’a from Syria. All four are now living in Scotland, either by choice, or as refugees fleeing their beloved homeland.