Olive Jar runs at Grand Junction on the 6, 7 and 8 July ( evenings 8.30pm, plus 8 July Sat mat at 4.30pm).
Grand Junction and Shubbak Festival commission a new performance celebrating West London’s Arab communities and the extraordinary stories that ordinary people can tell
The olive tree roots us to our land, on our tables they offer hope as well as food. Like olives, our stories wait, hidden and preserved in their jars, to be shared. Some will be bitter, and others sweet.
Olive Jar holds stories of winding journeys to a new place, of half-remembered memories passed down through the generations, of finding a little bit of home in a big city, and marks what changes and what stays the same. The performance leads the audience into an atmospheric world of empowerment and resistance, where tea, dolma and olives can be shared with new friends.
Live music from Palestinian singer Ruba Shamshoum, who will be joined by harpist Georgie Pope and percussionist Nuno Brito.
Performed in English with some parts in Arabic.
Directed by Elias Matar.