Inside the Rehearsals of… Moormaid at the Arcola Theatre

Rehearsals have begun for the upcoming world premiere of Marion Bott’s new play about self-destruction. Here’s a glimpse of what has been happening…

Moormaid - Rehearsal Images (Ali Azhar and Moe Bar-El), courtesy of Meurig Marshall Photography.jpg
(c) Meurig Marshall Photography. 

Berlin. Eleven past eleven. Art teacher Melissa is about to do something drastic.

Seeking a place to hide, her ex-pupil Mehdi interrupts her momentum. Both embark on a turbulent journey, painting and battling their way through the past.

Playing at the Arcola Theatre from the 18th April, Marion Bott’s play is directed by Zois Pigadas and attempts to to understand the fear currently gripping the European psyche, and the threats that may be posed by our own alienated youth.

Moormaid - Rehearsal Images (Moe Bar-El and Ali Azhar), courtesy of Meurig Marshall Photography
(c)Meurig Marshall Photography. 

Set to star Moe Bar-El (Le Bureau Des Legendes, Canal+; Tyrant, Fox; Snatch, Sony),Ali Azhar (Algérie en éclats, Alouettes Theatre in Paris; Macbeth, Screen Northants/BBC; Digital Physics, Philadelphia Philms) and German actress Sarah Alles, Moormaid came about in 2014 when Marion Bott discovered two of her old classmates had travelled to Syria to fight for IS and didn’t come back.

Talking about the production director Zois Pigadas said: “This is a very important new play that captures the essence of the human psyche and its capacity for creativity but also destruction. The play is set in Berlin, but tackles a pan-European phenomenon, so for me this flat is a ‘no-place’ that could be London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels. It is a privilege for me to work with such a talented cast and creatives from different countries, to put to life what I believe to be a very poignant text for the times we live in.”

Moormaid - Rehearsal Images (Sarah Alles and Moe Bar-El), courtesy of Meurig Marshall Photography.jpg

The production features design by Sophia Simensky, lighting and sound by Tim Boyd and is produced by The Alchemist and Fine Line Productions.

Moormaid will play at the Arcola Theatre from the 18th April until the 19th May. For more information visit:

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