A compelling tale of THEM opens at Geelong Arts Centre

 Running from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 August at Geelong Arts Centre, 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? 

From multiple-award winning playwright Samah Sabawi, THEM is a compelling tale of survival, friendship, and the things we are willing to do to protect the ones we love. 

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. 

Who will leave, who will stay, and what will their choices cost them? 

We met playwright Samah Sabawi on KickArts and discussed her work. Listen to the full interview below:


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