Date of first transmission: 2009-03-21T08:01:00-00:00 (audio available for approximately 1 week)
Sirine Saba, Nadim Sawalha, Paul Chahidi and Sagar Arya
some of the writers at the workshop in Qatar
AL AMWAJ (THE WAVES)
Broadcast: Saturday 21st March 2009
at 2001 GMT
By Abdulla Ahmed Bukamal, May Touma,
Ali Al-Majnooni, Fatima Elias Al Gassim,
Hissa Faraj Al-Marri, Masoud Abdul Hadi and Tahani Al-Ghureiby. Dramaturged by Nick Warburton.
In conjunction with the British Council a 3-day “Writing for Radio” workshop in Doha, Qatar, open to all writers in the Arab world, was run. Attendees of that workshop were then invited to submit ideas and scenes, reflecting the things they care about, with a view to becoming part of a smaller group who would work together to write a play specifically for BBC World Drama, with dramaturgy by award-winning writer, Nick Warburton.
And the result... On one hot day, taxi driver Noor Alam finds himself with so many people wanting to be taken to the sea. Whether they talk to him or avoid his questions, it begins to become clear to him that their lives are inextricably linked.
With each wave that breaks, there’s another story to tell.
Starring: Sagar Arya, Nadim Sawalha, Sirine Saba, Paul Chahidi,
William El –Gardi, Zolfa Zahedi and Nathalie Armin.
Directed by Marion Nancarrow
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