66 Minutes in Damascus

Tue 19 June - Sun 24 June Timed entry, every half hour

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LIFT 2012 presents the World Premiere of '66 Minutes in Damascus' by Lucien Bourjeily

At Shoreditch Town Hall

Commissioned by London International Festival of Theatre and presented in association with Shoreditch Town Hall

The artist who brought improvised theatre to the streets of Beirut during the political turmoil of 2008, Lebanese film-maker and theatre director Lucien Bourjeily, now brings the Syrian revolution disturbingly close to London in his new work 66 Minutes in Damascus.

Inspired by the descriptions of Syrian detention centres from foreign journalists and local activists arbitrarily incarcerated by the autocratic regime, 66 Minutes in Damascus puts the audience in the place of a group of tourists who visit the Syrian capital, only to be arrested by the Syrian secret service. Trapped in a web of intrigue and fear, the audience becomes similarly entangled in the strands of immersive, site-specific, interactive theatre which Bourjeily has woven together throughout his career.

Though located in the dark heart of one of the Middle East’s most bloody regimes, 66 Minutes in Damascus also reflects the reality of life under autocratic governments across the world.

8 tickets will be available to each performances every half hour
Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Saturday: 2pm to 9:30pm
Sunday 2pm to 9pm

Performance is 66mins

“A pioneer of improvised theatre”
Time Out Beirut

DISCLAIMER: 66 Minutes in Damascus is a physical, interactive experience and contains scenes that some may find disturbing. Participants will be required to stand for periods of time and are advised to wear flat shoes. The performance is not suitable for those with claustrophobia.



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