Cybec Electric - Them

Them

1 — 3 March 2018

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Caught in a besieged war-ravaged town, Omar, Leila, and their young baby count down the days before a boat sails from their shores to a safer place. The journey, of course, has a cost. Is it a cost that they are prepared to pay? Can they live with the shame, the suffering and the guilt? It is a safer place, but is it a better place?

A story of impossible choices, Them is a tragicomedy about love, honour and sacrifice.

Artwork for Samah Sabawi

Samah Sabawi

<p>Samah Sabawi is an award-winning playwright, author and poet. Her critically acclaimed play <em>Tales of a City by the Sea</em> was selected for the 2016 <span class="caps">VCE</span> Drama Playlist, won two Drama Victoria awards for Best New Australian Publication and Best Performance for <span class="caps">VCE</span> and was nominated for Best Independent Production at the Green Room Awards. Samah co-edited the groundbreaking anthology <em>Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas</em>, winner of the Canadian 2017 biennial Patrick O&#8217;Neill Award for Best Play Anthology. She co-authored <em>I Remember My Name: Poetry</em> by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud, Jehan Bseiso, which won the prestigious 2016 Palestine Book Award. Samah Sabawi is an <span class="caps">MTC</span> Connect Cultural Ambassador and a PhD candidate at Victoria University, where she has been awarded an Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship. </p>

Luke Kerridge

Luke Kerridge

<p>Luke Kerridge is an award winning theatre director. His most recent work, <em>Bambert&#8217;s Book of Lost Stories</em> (Barking Gecko Theatre Company), won a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children and was nominated for Best New Australian Work (2016). It has toured nationally (<span class="caps">STCWA</span>/AWESOME Arts/QPAC/Arts Centre Melbourne) and internationally (Edinburgh International Children’s Festival/Gulbenkian Theatre, UK). Luke won a Green Room Award for his direction of <em>Dream Home</em> (Darebin Speakeasy) in 2015, with the production nominated for a further 6 Awards. Luke’s other directing credits include: <em>The Exact Dimensions of Hell</em> (<span class="caps">MTC</span> Cybec Electric), <em>Eurydice</em> (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), <em>The Wonderful World of Dissocia</em> (<span class="caps">VCA</span>), <em>Group Show</em> (<span class="caps">MKA</span>) and Orlando (<span class="caps">VCA</span>). Works with young people include: <em>Banjos, Boots &amp; Beyoncé</em> (St Martins/The <span class="caps">SUBSTATION</span>), <em>Fitter. Faster. Better.</em> (Tour Director, St Martins/Junction Arts Festival/Darwin Festival) and <em>Tell it Like it Isn’t</em> (<span class="caps">ATYP</span>). Luke completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012 where he was the recipient of Grace Marion Wilson Trust and the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship. He is currently the Artistic Associate at St Martins Youth Arts Centre.</p>

Sun Park

Sun Park

Jean Bachoura

Jean Bachoura

Mark Coles-Smith

Mark Coles-Smith

Tahlee Fereday

Tahlee Fereday

Maggie Naouri

Maggie Naouri

Rohan Mirchandaney

Rohan Mirchandaney