[Dublin] Ghassan Kanafani’s ‘Returning to Haifa’ running for two weeks (17-19 Nov) in The New Theatre
An adaptation of one of the most iconic works of Palestinian literature is coming to the stage in Dublin between 17th and 29th November. Following each performance of Ghassan Kanafani’s classic work about Palestinian refugees, there will be a conversations on aspects of the Palestinian struggle for justice featuring leading Palestinian, Irish and international experts, academics, activists in discussion with prominent chairs. Details of these talks are below.
On 28th and 29th November (the latter being UN International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People), the author’s wife, Anni Kanafani, will take part in the post-show discussions, talking about the life and work of her late partner, who was assassinated (along with his teenage niece) in a car bomb in Beirut by the Israeli Mossad in 1972.
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to have been able to assist in arranging many of these speakers, especially the visit of Mrs. Kanafani, and we encourage all our members and supporters to attend the play.
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.
There will be post-show discussions from Wednesday 19th November onwards, featuring:
Wed 19 – Dr. Yaser Alashqar (Palestinian Academic from Gaza)
Chairperson: Martin O’Quigley (Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign – IPSC)
Thur 20 – Dr. Ayman Shaheen (Palestinian Academic from Gaza)
Chairperson: Honor Heffernan (Singer and actress)
Fri 21 – Caoimhe Butterly (Human rights and social justice activist)
Chairperson: Betty Purcell (Author and television producer)
Sat 22 – Dr. Ronit Lentin (Irish-Israeli academic and author)
Chairperson: Dr. John Reynolds (Lecturer in International Law and former Al Haq researcher)
Mon 24 – Jihad Jaara and Rami Kamel (Palestinian exiles from the Siege of the
Church of the Nativity)
Chairperson: Freda Hughes (Media officer of the IPSC and radio producer)
Tue 25 – Jihad Jaara and Rami Kamel (Palestinian exiles from the Siege of the
Church of the Nativity)
Chairperson: Harry Browne (Journalist and academic)
Wed 26 – Dr. David Landy (Irish-Jewish academic and author)
Chairperson: Dr. Raymond Deane (Composer and founding member of the IPSC)
Thur 27 – Dr. Claudia Saba (Palestinian academic from Jerusalem)
Chairperson: Dr. Laurence Davis (Academic and lecturer in Government)
Fri 28 – Anni Kanafani (Wife of the author and Director of the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation)
Chairperson: Dr. Conor McCarthy (Academic and specialist in the work of Palestinian intellectual Edward Said)
Sat 29 – Anni Kanafani (Wife of the author and Director of the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation)
Chairperson: Robert Ballagh (Renowned Irish artist)