making theatre histories for the future
A Land Without People
A new play by Brian Rotman
9 July - 1 August 2015
The Courtyard Theatre
A Land Without People is a powerful and moving staging of the historical events that led up to the declaration of the State of Israel in May of 1948. Its premiere, at The Courtyard Theatre in London, comes as the world marks seventy years since the end of World War Two and the liberation of the Nazi death camps.
Moral horror at the Nazi camps in which two-thirds of European Jews were exterminated, and the desperate plight of the surviving European Jews, made the long-standing Zionist attempt to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine a real possibility.
A Land Without People charts London’s political wrangling in the lead-up to the United Nations proposal to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab territories. Through meticulous research of contemporary documents, it tells the story behind the overthrow of British rule in Palestine at the hands of Zionist terrorists and the violent clearing of its Arab inhabitants that was to follow.
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AfterWords - Free post-performance discussions with invited guests
took place on 16, 23 and 30 July.
Speakers responded to the play and its themes and discussed them in relation to
contemporary Zionism, anti-Zionism, and the future of the Palestinian people.
A full list of speakers here
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Running time: Approx 85 minutes
Director: Lesley Ferris
Set Designer: Brad Steinmetz
Costume Designer: Emily Stuart
Sound Designer: Katie Whitlock
Lighting Designer: Alex Kyle-DiPietropaolo