How does one survive under military occupation? How do young people see the situation? Do they try to resist it? Run away? Give up? What do they care about most? Four young Palestinians had the right ideas; they survived through staring danger in the face.
Camouflage is a new, daring play, which looks at the experience of a Palestinian refugee trying to flee the conflict in Syria, a young girl in Ramallah who is in denial of the situation, a boy in Gaza falling in love for the first time and an aspiring actor in Haifa who has to come to terms with the unjust society he lives in.
The play is a dark comedy by acclaimed Palestinian writer Ahmed Masoud, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Israeli military occupation in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank – Palestine, looking at the issues that really matter for young people.
Thaer is a thirteen-year-old boy on a boat in the waters between Turkey and Greece, something is troubling him and it is not the fact that he might drown any minute. Nibal is a seventeen-year-old girl finishing her SAT exams in an American-style school in Ramallah. She is not worried about the regular incursions of the Israeli army in town but something bursts the bubble she has been living in. Nineteen-year-old Zeid is a taxi driver in Gaza who falls in love with a girl from Jabalia Refugee camp; he has a competitor who is plotting something. Samis dream is to become a famous actor, he has to play a few roles in Haifa in order to build his CV and get known with Israeli established directors.
The one hour play presents a collage of theatrical genres which take the audience on a journey of what it means to live under occupation.
Tickets: £14.50. You can buy them here
The show starts at 7.30pm and ends at 8.30pm (doors open from 7.10pm)
About Ahmed Masoud, Writer and Director:
Masoud is the author of the debut novel Vanished – They Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda. Masoud is a writer and director who grew up in Palestine and moved to the UK in 2002. His theatre credits include, The Shroud Maker (London 2015), Walaa, Loyalty (London 2014, funded by Arts Council England). Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea (London and Edinburgh 2009), Escape from Gaza (BBC Radio 4, 2011). Ahmed is the founder of Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre (2005) where he wrote and directed several productions in London, with subsequent European Tours. After finishing his PhD research, Ahmed published many journals and articles including a chapter in Britain and the Muslim World: A historical Perspective (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011).
For more info, visit www.ahmedmasoud.co.uk