Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Theatre review: Oh My Sweet Land
This starts her journey through the Middle East, to various countries persecuted Syrians have fled to. There's many dead ends in her search, but each one presents her with someone else's story of the harships they escaped.
So Oh My Sweet Land is, in one respect, a collection of harrowing encounters, including that of a local TV star whose participation in a protest march sees him locked up, and who may have only escaped with his life after making a personal connection with his torturer over his taste in shoes. Jaber's performance has a matter-of-factness to it that keeps the distance of someone who grew up outside the country but feels a helpless kind of pain at what is done there. It's powerful in an understated way.
Oh My Sweet Land by Corinne Jaber and Amir Nazir Zuabi is booking until the 3rd of May at the Young Vic's Maria.
Running time: 1 hour 5 minutes straight through.