Aseel Tayah

Tales Of A City
By The Sea

“This gripping play is an act of resistance that implores its audience to take heed.” The Age


“A unique and poetic journey exploring the lives of ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges in the besieged and war torn Gaza strip. Jomana, a woman from the Shati refugee camp falls in love with Rami, an American Palestinian doctor on a humanitarian mission. Can their love transcend closed borders, falling bombs and high prison walls?

Performed at La Mama Courthouse, Carlton, Melbourne

Written by Samah Sabawi

Direction by Lech Mackiewicz

Performed by Aseel Tayah, Helena Sawires, Osamah Sami, Emina Ashman, Reece Vella, Alex Pinder, Rebecca Morton, Cara Whitehouse and Ubaldino Mantelli

“For the cast of “Tales of a City by the Sea,” at La Mama in Melbourne. You created on a minimal stage the hugeness of history, in your bodies, in your cadences, in the touch of your hands, and the beauty of your songs. Hugeness of injustice and of hope. We were privileged to be in your presence.”

Joan Nestle