Casting has been confirmed for Hamish Pirie’s production of Syrian playwright  Liwaa Yazji’s play. 

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Translated by Katharine Halls, Goats is a new play by Syrian playwright and documentary filmmaker Liwaa Yazji developed as part of the Royal Court’s long term project with writers from Syria and Lebanon.

In a small town in Syria, soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda.

As the coffins pile up, the local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each son martyred.

This world premiere production, directed by Hamish Pirie, is set to star:  Ali Barouti, Ishia Bennison, Carlos Chahine, Amir El-Masry, Souad Faress, Amer Hlehel, Ethan Kai, Khalid Laith, Adnan Mustafa, Isabella Nefar, Farshid Rokey and Sirine Saba.

The play was originally staged as a reading in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs as part of Told from the Inside: new plays from Syria and Lebanon in March 2016 and is playing as part of  International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project with additional support from the British Council.

Goats will feature designs by Rosie Elnile, video design by Ian William Galloway, lighting by Muaz Al Jubeh and sound design by Tom Gibbons.

Goats will play at the Royal Court Theatre from the 24th November until the 30th December. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/goats/ 

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