The French cement factory in north eastern Syria is one of the largest foreign investments ever made there. However, a revolution against the totalitarian regime breaks out a few months after it opens, and soon afterwards the destabilized country plunges into a brutal civiland devastating proxy war. The owners and their business partners insist that the factory must carry on working – whatever the cost.
Initially the region was under the control of the Syrian army. However, in the summer of 2012 parts of it are taken over by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) while the Free Syrian Army (FSA) controls the others. At the end of 2013 IS establishes complete control over the area. In the factory, production continues. A commonplace accident ultimately leads to more profound awareness in this story of a complex network of beneficiaries of war and dirty businessmen.
Following the success of their two most recent performances ›While I was Waiting‹ and ›Iphigenie‹, the playwright Mohammad Al Attar (born in Damascus in 1980) and Syrian director Omar Abusaada continue to present their views on the immense upheavals that have struck their homeland. The world stage premiere at PACT Zollverein in Essen will be produced in collaboration with a group of Syrian actors.
In Arabic with German and English subtitles.
Text: Mohammad Al Attar
Direction: Omar Abusaada
Stage Design, Costume: Bissane Al Charif
Light: Christian Maith
Video: Rami Farah
Dramaturgy: Alan Twitchell
A commission to Mohammad Al Attar and Omar Abusaada. A coproduction of Volksbühne Berlin with the Ruhrtriennale.