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Up There

Wael Kadour
​Cooperation between Collective Ma´louba and Theater an der Ruhr

Syria, early 1990s: In a women's prison, a group of political prisoners perform Henrik Ibsen's play "The Lady from the Sea" - an affront to the prison administration, which wants to stop the performance.

Today, 30 years later, a Syrian author living in exile is trying to write a play about this true event, but he is struggling with his task: What artistic or political value does his project have? Why should he tell the story of these women from his present position in exile? A way out of this creative crisis is finally revealed to him by a woman who saw the play when she was a young prison inmate. She begins to tell the author about what she saw and inspires him to find the women involved in the performance. With each of her tales, a new chapter in the story reveals itself....

We watch the exciting reconstruction of a memory: the author is Wael Kadour, two of the women who were on stage in the prison in 1991, Hend Alkahwaji and Wejdan Nassif, are now the players of their own story - after the Syrian Revolution and in exile in a distant country: speaking freely about what happened has now become possible.


In Arabic with German surtitles.


Text: Wael Kadour, Director: Mohamad Al Rashi and Wael Kadour, Stage: Jean Christophe Lanquetin, Sound: Khaled Kurbeh, Light: Toni Mersch, Video: Guevara Namer

With: Hala Bdier, Wejdan Nassif, Hend Alkahwaji und Wael Kadour.

Producer: Wael Kh. Salem, Producer-International: Eckhard Thiemann, Audience Development: Omar Mohamad, Production Assistant: Wisam Atfeh



Supported by: Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW and Ibsen scope, Ettijahat-Independent Culture, Culture Resource (Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy)


After the performance on the evening of the premiere, we invite you to a Q&A session with the production's contributors.



03. December 2022


Theater an der Ruhr
Akazienallee 61
45478 Theater an der Ruhr