QUEENS OF SYRIA - UK TOUR
THIRTEEN EXTRAORDINARY SYRIAN REFUGEES TELL THEIR STORIES
Developing Artists, Refuge Productions, and the Young Vic present Queens of Syria, an adaptation of Euripides' anti-war tragedy, The Trojan Women. Performed by an all-female cast of Syrian refugees, the production skilfully amalgamates the women's own narratives of bitter exile and ferocious war into the ancient Greek text to create a powerful, extraordinary and unique piece of theatre. These are not the voices of political commentators or journalists, but of ordinary women whose lives have been turned upside down by the turmoil of the Syrian conflict. The stories of these women need to be heard.
Queens of Syria toured the UK for 3 weeks from 5th - 24th July. This was a life-changing opportunity for the women & an eye-opening experience for British audiences who heard, first hand, the harsh realities of life in exile. The tour followed a month-long workshop programme in Jordan. Theatre provides these extraordinary women with a transformative opportunity for self-expression. In conjunction with the project, the British Council ran an extensive education & outreach programme.
“My participation in this play revitalised me. It gave me a sense of responsibility. I feel more optimistic now: it empowered me and made me feel stronger. It helped me overcome some of the issues resulting from our crisis.” - Fatima
The Times, Critics Choice
“A raw yet artful reminder of our common humanity… Graceful, painful, unsentimental.”
“Fierce” Sunday Times, Critics Choice
“Deeply Affecting” The Telegraph
“Exceptional” Financial Times
“Humbling” The Independent
“The voiceless voiced” The Stage
“Terribly moving” Evening Standard
“A vital document for our time” The Scotsman
“A dramatic hymn of fury” The Herald