Written and performed by Palestinian thespian Amer Hlehel and directed by Young Vic Associate Artist Amir Nizar Zuabi, Taha tells the incredible story of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammed Ali, following their previous collaboration in I am Yusuf and This is My Brother and In the Penal Colony.
Forced from his home in Galilee in 1948, Taha and his family are faced with the cruel realities of a war-torn nation. Taha juggles supporting his family while pursuing his love of the literary arts, teaching himself Arabic and surrounding himself with literature…and falls in love. In Taha’s world, where instability is the only constant, poetry becomes his greatest source of comfort.
Based on Adina Hoffman’s book My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness and adapted by Chay Yew, this production deftly intertwines the personal and the political scenes of Taha’s life, stunningly brought to the stage by Amer Hlelel, alongside design by Ashraf Hanna, lighting by Muaz Jubeh and music by Habib Shehedeh Hanna.
Taha first premiered at the Al-Mindan Theatre in Haifa and runs in London as part of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. Book your tickets and get ready to be moved and see Nazareth in a new light by one of the most exciting theatres in London.
Taha plays from 5-15 July at the Young Vic. Tickets available here