32 Burelli Street, Wollongong, NSW, 2500, Australia
21st March 2018 to 24th March 2018
Coming direct from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals, they’re delighted to present the award-winning, lyrical and nuanced story of the life of acclaimed Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali (1931-2011). In his powerfully moving and humorous verse, the celebrated writer documented hopeful survival after 50 years of loss – loss of his home, his lover, his friends and his shop in Saffuriyeh, Galilee. It is a story that parallels the experiences of a million and a half Palestinians who remained in their homeland after 1948. Adapted from Adina Hoffman’s biography 'My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness' and the poet’s own works, writer-performer Amer Hlehel has created a tour de force solo performance that skillfully interweaves Taha’s singular and exquisite poetry with his compelling life journey. Performed in English (with a special one-off performance in Arabic), Taha powerfully communicates the sorrow, humour, resilience and tender humanity of an extraordinary man and artist. It is a delight for the mind, and nourishment for the heart. Recommended for ages 12+. Contains adult themes.