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The Syrian Monologues was created in response to an international artist call from ASHTAR
Theatre, Palestine. It is based on monologues written by Syrian refugees. The show performed
in Colombo comprised two monologues performed in English, two in Sinhala and one in Tamil.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Running time – 60 minutes (no interval)
Language - English , Sinhala ,Tamil.
The opening show was supported by Goethe-Institut
The Syrian Monologues is the initiative of theatre-maker Iman Aoun, creator of the revolutionary Gaza Monologues (2010) which took stories of young people trapped in
Gaza out to the world.
The Syrian Monologues is based on true stories of Syrian refugees living in Jordan. It is another world initiative by Aoun, showing solidarity between the Syrian people and the international theatre community.
The Syrian Monologues was performed in Sri Lanka in Sinhala, Tamil, and English on World
Artists involved in creating this play reflect on the creative process; explaining how the idea came about, how it grew, changed and what finally made it to the production.
Read the Resource Pack and watch the Stages Looking Back Video to gain insight into the process behind creating this play.
Rehearsals for this play lasted for about six weeks.
Training exercises were designed to help the actors enter into the mental space of a person trapped in an extended refugee status. The rehearsals were an experimental process where the actors were subject to harsh experiences designed to help them enter this headspace.