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Maxine Peake in Obliterated: a new drama by Palestinian writer Ahmed Masoud

Maxine Peake in Obliterated
Maxine Peake in Obliterated

Obliterated is a new drama by Palestinian writer Ahmed Masoud, to be performed by Maxine Peake on 09 August 2019 at Amnesty International UK in Hackney. It explores the complexity of a society that has lived under siege for over a decade, delving deep into humanity’s most urgent social and political challenges with darkly satirical humour.

What happens when your life turns upside down? How do you deal with a partner who has disappeared? Where do you start looking?

Amanda McHugh is a British lawyer living in Slough with her husband Naseem who goes missing as he embarks on a journey to visit his family back home in the Gaza Strip.

Having lost faith in the British Foreign Office, Amanda decides to undertake the perilous journey to Palestine and find her husband herself, a voyage that takes her through the ISIS-threatened Sinai Desert to enter Hamas-controlled Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing with Egypt.

Having failed to get out of Gaza through the Erez Crossing because of the Israeli siege on The Strip, Amanda finds herself stuck in Gaza and unable to return home until the Rafah Crossing opens once more. While there, she uncovers a dark secret which haunts Naseem’s past.

For many British citizens who are married to Palestinians from Gaza, the idea of going to the Strip and spending time with family is out of the question given the closure of borders. However, Amanda faces these challenges with gallows of bravery and bittersweet moments.

The production is designed by Clio Capelle and sponsored by Amnesty International UK and will be followed with a Q&A with the creative team chaired by the renowned journalist Ben White.

Masoud described the production as a “journey to the abyss of humanity, where normal life becomes entangled with political complexities. Yet the reality of people, their humour, their kindness, hopefulness and determination make you forget all the darkness around

Maxine said: “I am pleased to be performing a play which takes the audience somewhere they can’t often go to, a place in the world often on the news for the wrong reason. Obliterated brings this place to life with complexities that you find in any place
For more information, please visit www.ahmedmasoud.co.uk

Listing Information:
Date: 9 August 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Amnesty International, UK 25 New Inn Yard, Hackney, London EC2A 3EA
Tickets: Tickets are free but subject to change and advanced online booking is essential. Strictly no admittance on the door.

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