Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Gribetz, “Defining Neighbours”

A few fascinating and thought-provoking excerpts from Jonathan Gribetz’s excellent exploration of intellectual life and perceptions of faith in Late Ottoman and early inter-war Palestine (Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Review: The Freedom Theatre perform ‘The Siege’

Electronic Intifada, 2 June 2015 The setting for The Siege is the interior of the church itself, skilfully evoked with a specially-constructed set in which smoke, ornate hanging lamps, tiled … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

‘Anna’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, Summerhall

At the end of this evening, a mild-mannered man called Keith came up to me as I was unlocking my bike from the Summerhall railings and asked me what I … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘The Machine’ at Manchester International Festival

Last night, thanks to a very nice man and a rather chaotic Twitter competition, I got to see a pre-preview of The Machine, the Manchester International Festival play about Gary … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

RIP Rabea

A few hours ago the Freedom Theatre in Jenin put out this short statement: The Freedom Theatre mourns the death of one of our graduated Acting School students, the brave … Continue reading

April 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Arabian Nights at the Lowry

Thanks to Husband, yesterday I saw the Library Theatre Co’s production of Arabian Nights, and I can’t recommend highly enough that anyone with the chance to do so gets along … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

New article: 'The Beloved' at the Bush Theatre reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 6th June 2012 The story of Abraham and his sons Ismail and Isaac lies at the heart of the religious and mythological relationships between the Arab and Jewish … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Manchester playwright finally gets right to asylum

Now this is some properly good news, as reported today in Manchester Mule: Playwright Lydia Besong and her husband Bernard Batey have won their right to asylum after a six-year … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: Iman Aoun of Ashtar Theatre interviewed

From Electronic Intifada, 27th April 2012 “When they [the Globe] invited us to participate, they suggested Richard II. The Globe had seen Richard II as somehow relevant to our kind … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

'Snookered' by Tamasha Theatre Co

In an act of extreme decadence I seem to have taken almost two whole days off and spent them with this bloke I dimly recall being married to. One of … Continue reading

February 19, 2012 · Leave a comment
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