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Fri 9 Aug, 7.30pm

Runtime: 2h 00m


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About Obliterated

Maxine Peake and Palestinian writer Ahmed Masoud have cancelled their upcoming play Obliterated. It was due to perform to a sell-out crowd at Amnesty International, Hackney on 09 August 2019 where it would have been followed by a Q&A with the creative team chaired by journalist Ben White. Please find attached Mr. Masoud’s reasons for cancellation below: Dear All, Obliterated is cancelled. There was never a play or a show, I didn’t write it and Maxine never rehearsed it. I am not sure whether I will be able to write or do theatre again. They took our theatre, and with it our play. Not even a year ago, on 09 August 2018, Gaza's only theatre the Saeed Almishal Cultural Centre was bombed by Israeli warplanes and ripped to the ground in seconds. A theatre turned to fire, rubble and dust. Expression lost to hate, for nothing sane. I want to ask questions. Why is art so threatening? Who would find a theatre a danger enough for missiles? What's going to become of the creatives, actors, writers, directors and audiences now? I cannot write, but I still want to protest, to make my voice heard, to highlight what happens when art and theatre are stolen away. Maxine and I want to invite you, the audience, the 2529 people who booked, to be part of this experience, to be angry at this injustice. As a writer and theatre practitioner, I wanted to see how it feels to deny people access to this freedom. I approached Maxine Peake, and together we created Obliterated to express our rage and for us all to participate in this experience of cultural theft. See what she has to say in the attached video, in conversation with Palestinian poet Farah Chamma: