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The Deportation Room

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.

Release date:

45 minutes

Last on

Mon 24 Sep 2012 14:15


Role Contributor
AmiraSirine Saba
RaheemPeter Polycarpou
RulaSouad Faress
LamiaSuzanna Nour
MazinKhalid Laith
HameedNabil Elouahabi
MunirJude Edriss
Passport Control OfficerRobert Blythe
Security PolicemanBen Crowe
Egyptian OfficialPatrick Brennan
DriverPeter Polycarpou
GuardJoe Sims
Woman 1Suzanna Nour
Woman 2Souad Faress
Man 1Khalid Laith
Man 2Peter Polycarpou
Man 3Nabil Elouahabi
WriterHannah Khalil
DirectorMary Peate