The new play written and directed by Ahmed Masoud, will be performed by Maxine Peake at Amnesty International UK in Hackney.

Performed by Maxine Peake on the 9th August  at Amnesty International UK in Hackney, Obliterated is a new drama by Ahmed Masoud that explores the complexity of a society that has lived under siege for over a decade.

Amanda McHugh is a British lawyer living in Slough with her husband Naseem who goes missing as he embarks on a journey to visit his family back home in the Gaza Strip.

Having lost faith in the British Foreign Office, Amanda decides to undertake the perilous journey to Palestine and find her husband herself, a voyage that takes her through the ISIS-threatened Sinai Desert to enter Hamas-controlled Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing with Egypt.

Having failed to get out of Gaza through the Erez Crossing because of the Israeli siege on The Strip, Amanda finds herself stuck in Gaza and unable to return home until the Rafah Crossing opens once more. While there, she uncovers a dark secret which haunts Naseem’s past.

As well as being directed by Ahmed Masoud, the production will be designed by  Clio Capelle and sponsored by Amnesty International UK and will be followed with a Q&A with the creative team chaired by the renowned journalist Ben White.

Talking about the news Maxine Peake said: “I am pleased to be performing a play which takes the audience somewhere they can’t often go to, a place in the world often on the news for the wrong reason. Obliterated brings this place to life with complexities that you find in any place.”

Obliterated will be performed at Amnesty International UK in Hackney on the 9th August. To book tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/obliterated-tickets-63337014716?ref=estw

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