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"Theatre can be as violent as a gun” 

by Hassan Abdulrazzak

based on the life story of Ahmed Tobasi

Based on the actor Ahmed Tobasi’s personal coming of age story, AND HERE I AM is an epic voyage of identity and self discovery.


Combining fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy, spanning both the first Palestinian intifada and the second, we follow Tobasi through his transformation from armed resistance fighter to artist,  and his journey as a refugee from the West Bank to Norway and back again.


This series of tragicomic episodes is vividly brought to life by award winning writer Hassan Abdlrazzak. transporting  us to the heart of the hardships, struggles and contradictions of a young Palestinian man growing up under occupation and his pursuit for the true meaning of freedom.

Performed by Ahmed Tobasi

Director: Zoe Lafferty

Set Design: Sarah Beaton

Lighting Designers: Jess Bernberg & Andy Purves

Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim

Movement: Lanre Malaolu

Producer: Oliver King for Developing Artists

General Management: Wild Yak


AND HERE I AM premiered at the Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham, before embarking on a UK wide tour. The production was also presented at the Edinburgh Festival as part of the Arab Art Focus at the Fringe. 

The production is available for international touring. 

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