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  • Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre King William Street Adelaide, SA, 5000 Australia (map)

Theatre / Palestine / An Adelaide Festival event - #ADLFest


ShiberHur Theatre Company

An old man dies and azza - the Palestinian mourning ritual - begins. Six men gather to pay their respects: sharing memories, dredging up old quarrels, remembering acts of fearlessness, ferocity and love, and quietly or noisily expressing their grief.

Blending song and spoken word with an Arabic a cappella chorus, the story weaves a rich pattern of life and death through shared experiences, minor rivalries and brief moments of compassion and empathy. This ritual, in its rigid form of repetition and small gestures, is a ceremony where the mundane and dramatic are intertwined to create a peephole into the soul of a community.

Unexpectedly moving, AZZA is an intimate portrait of comradeship and ritual from Amir Nizar Zuabi, one of the Middle East’s most important writer/directors and founder of the celebrated Palestinian theatre company ShiberHur. While this troubled region is the invisible backdrop to the work, its resonance lies in the universality of its embrace, the shared ways we mark the end of a life and our duty both to honour the dead and to go on living.

Tickets: $69, Friends $59, Concession $55, Under 30 $30, Transaction fees apply - purchase here >>

Venue: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

Showings: Wed 14 Mar, 7pm / Thu 15 Mar, 8.30pm / Fri 16 Mar, 8.30pm / Sat 17 Mar, 5pm & 8.30pm / Sun 18 Mar, 6.30pm

Duration: 1 hour, no interval. 

Note: Performance in Arabic with English surtitles

Full event details and ticket sales at ADELAIDE FESTIVAL WEBSITE

An Adelaide Festival event.

[Note: this is not an AFOPA-organised event; AFOPA takes no responsibility or liability for this event.]

Earlier Event: 15 March
Later Event: 16 March