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The Deportation Room

By Hannah Khalil. Amira, a student in London, is taking some paintings to an exhibition back home in Gaza. But she cannot seem to get out of Cairo airport.

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.

45 minutes

Last on

Mon 24 Sep 2012 14:15

Credits

Role Contributor
Amira Sirine Saba
Raheem Peter Polycarpou
Rula Souad Faress
Lamia Suzanna Nour
Mazin Khalid Laith
Hameed Nabil Elouahabi
Munir Jude Edriss
Passport Control Officer Robert Blythe
Security Policeman Ben Crowe
Egyptian Official Patrick Brennan
Driver Peter Polycarpou
Guard Joe Sims
Woman 1 Suzanna Nour
Woman 2 Souad Faress
Man 1 Khalid Laith
Man 2 Peter Polycarpou
Man 3 Nabil Elouahabi
Writer Hannah Khalil
Director Mary Peate

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