What’s Far Is Near
By Staging Sisterhood

When Marsel goes into labour, there’s only one person she wants to talk to. Her best friend, who is thousands of miles away. But what happens when they can’t get through? A story of crossed wires, gossip and unlikely connections.

What’s Far Is Near is a theatre production devised over Skype by Staging Sisterhood: an ensemble of women brought together by Seenaryo سيناريو. The members of Staging Sisterhood live in London and in Lebanon and are from a refugee or asylum-seeking background. Part of Refugee Week, the three-month project culminates in a public performance happening simultaneously over live video link at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room (London) and Hamra’s The Palace Beirut (Beirut).

Can we create theatre across borders? Where sharing physical space is impossible, What’s Far Is Near uses technology to create a shared creative space.

Performance Details

Cast & Creative Team

Lebanon Cast

Abir Abed Al Ghani, Amani Abed Al Rahman, Nahida Dabbas, Ghaitha Eizeddin, Alaa Eizeddin, Marwa Harba, Walaa Haswa, Jihan Hmaydi, Najah Jomaa, Sarah Kharouf, Abir Al Khatib, Asia Matar, Faten Nakshbandi

London Cast

(Some names abbreviated for privacy)
E.E., Cynthia Pearl, Thelma Victorine, Bimpe Bello, Latifat Jimoh, Jade Jackson, Debbie Karem, Maria Obi, Becky Ayeni, Joy Mukendi, Omoh Ehizoje, Confidence Enyi, Juliet Iguodala, Theresa Ajagu, Chinyere C., Abiodun Akinnola, Patricia Akpapuna


Jo Tyabji, Lama Amine, Brenda Nassali-Liston, Victoria Lupton

Project Facilitator

Varshini Pichemuthu

Digital Producer

Heather Pasfield

Digital Coordinator

Myriam Ali-Ahmad

Sound Designer

Tim Bamber


About the Project

Calling all Londoners & Beirutis!What are you doing during #RefugeeWeek?You're invited, Sun 23 June: "What's Far Is Near" by #StagingSisterhood🇬🇧 What's Far Is Near by Staging Sisterhood – London performance🇱🇧 What's Far Is Near – Beirut performance البعيد قريبSeenaryo سيناريو Women Now For Development Southbank Centre Counterpoints Arts The Palace Beirut Arts Council England

Gepostet von ‎Seenaryo سيناريو‎ am Donnerstag, 6. Juni 2019

The process is led by Seenaryo, in partnership with Women Now For Development, Counterpoints Arts and Southbank Centre. With funding from Arts Council England.

Press Pack – English
Press Pack – Arabic

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