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Hannah Khalil (Director)

A writer of Palestinian-Irish heritage, Hannah's  stage plays include A Museum in Baghdad for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Interference for National Theatre of Scotland, Scenes from 68* Years - shortlisted for the James Tait Black award, (Arcola Theatre), The Scar Test (Soho theatre, London), Bitterenders (ReOrient Festival, San Francisco) and Plan D (Tristan Bates Theatre, Meyer Whitworth Award shortlisted). Hannah's radio plays include Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room for BBC Radio 4. Hannah was the Bush Theatre London’s writer on attachment in 2016/7 as part of the first Project 2036 cohort. She was the recipient of the Arab British Centre’s

Award for Culture in 2017. Her work is published in the UK, USA and Canada. (Photo: (c) Richard Saker)

Hassan Abdulrazzak (Director)

Hassan Abdulrazzak’s plays include Baghdad Wedding (Soho Theatre, 2007, Belvoir St Theatre, 2009, Akvarious productions 2010), The Prophet (Gate theatre, 2012), Love, Bombs and Apples (Arcola Theatre, 2016 and UK tour. Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco, 2018, Kennedy Centre, Washington DC 2019) and And Here I Am (Arcola Theatre, 2017 and UK and Middle East tour). He is currently commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Synergy Theatre. He is the recipient of George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth, Pearson theatre awards as well as the Arab British Centre Award for Culture. Love, Bombs and Apples won the Bay Area theatre award for outstanding production.

Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso (Director)

Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso is co-founder and co-director of At Home in Gaza and London. She is also a theatre-maker, producer, and facilitator with a practice in contemporary work in or about the Middle East. Since 2012, she has been developing intercultural and cross-cultural work with performance artists and playwrights in the UK, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. She creates and performs work within the context of cultural resistance and as an associate artist of Kazzum, leads programmes of workshops with young refugees and asylum seekers across the UK. She produced and co-programmed the 2018 AWAN - Arab Women Artists Now Festival in London. In July 2018, she joined the Shubbak team as the festival's Programme & Engagement Producer.

Diyan Zora (Associate Director)

Diyan is an Iraqi born London based theatre director. She is currently associate director to Alexander Zeldin at the National Theatre, with whom she has worked for the last 2 years. Her first play as director was a bilingual English-Arabic Othello, which sold out a 3 week run at Barons Court Theatre. She has since then directed new plays by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Martin Crimp, Hannah Khalil, Fiona Doyle and Silva Semerciyan. She was associate director on The Ferryman in the West End. She was also associate on the National Theatre European tour of Love, which performed at the Autumn festival at Théâtre de L'Odéon, Paris. Diyan has also assisted at the Young Vic, Royal Court and Arcola theatres. Three projects she has worked on have been filmed for the BBC as part of performance live. She has a degree in law with english literature, and a masters in human rights, with a focus on women's rights in Iraq. She had her first poem published at the age of 15, and has since then been published in various anthologies.


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