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The Deportation Room

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 September 2012

by Hannah Khalil

Amira, a student in London, is taking some drawings to an exhibition back home in Gaza. But when she lands at Cairo airport, she can't seem to get any further...

The Deportation Room is based on the testimony of people travelling in or out of Gaza who have spent time in a waiting room at Cairo airport.

Directed by Mary Peate

In 2011, playwright Hannah Khalil had a chance encounter with a Palestinian who had spent several days in a room underneath Cairo airport on his way back to Gaza. It became clear that whilst the room was well known amongst Palestinians, there was very little evidence of its existence. Little by little, Hannah found people who agreed to be interviewed about their stay in the room. The Deportation Room is a dramatised account of a fictional young woman's journey back to Gaza, with verbatim accounts from people who have stayed in the room, performed by actors.

Thanks go to Aser El Saqqa, Laila El-Hadad, Ruba Monzir and to others interviewed who asked to remain anonymous.


Sirine Saba
Peter Polycarpou
Passport Control Officer
Robert Blythe
Security Policeman
Ben Crowe
Egyptian Official
Patrick Brennan
Peter Polycarpou
Joe Sims
Man 2
Peter Polycarpou



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