Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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[Dublin] BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Ghassan Kanafani’s ‘Returning to Haifa’ returns for one week only (2-7 March) in The New Theatre

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.  After its successful first run last November, this adaptation of one of the most iconic works of Palestinian literature is returning to the stage in Dublin between 2nd and 7th March 2015.

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to have been able to assist in arranging speakers for the Opening (3 March) and Closing (7 March) Nights, and we encourage all our members and supporters to attend the play. Details of the speakers to be posted once details have been confirmed.

Post-show Discussions








Tue 3rd


Dr. Yaser Alashqar (Palestinian academic from Gaza)


Martin O’Quigley (Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign)


Sat 7th


Elaine Bradley (Irish human rights activist recently returned from Palestine)


Dr. David Landy (Irish-Jewish academic and author)


Preview: Monday 2nd March. Opening Night: Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar – BOOK ONLINE HERE or call 01 6703361 – Tickets: €15 (€12 concessions)

Returning to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani.

Adapted by Angela Gissi. Directed by Anthony Fox. Production Coordinator, Fatin Al-Tamimi.

Cast: Michael Bates, Linda Teehan, Aneta Dina Keder, Ciaran McCabe.


Returning to Haifa is one of the most iconic works of Palestinian resistance literature. It tells the story of Said and Safiyya, two Palestinian refugees going back to the home they were driven from twenty years earlier, in 1948.

“When he reached the edge of Haifa, approaching by car along the Jerusalem road, Said had the sensation that something was binding his tongue, compelling him to keep silent, and he felt grief well up inside of him”.

Returning to Haifa is a plea for rights, justice and respect for Palestinian people and for all human beings.

“a remarkably even-handed portrait of dispossession and revisiting”, “Fox and Bates stoke the heat of resistance”, “supple and thought-provoking”The Irish Times

“At the centre of the piece is a strong, solid performance by Michael Bates… Linda Teehan plays his wife, Safiyya, in an emotional performance.”The Red Curtain Review


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