The Promised Land

by Shay Pitovsky and Shahar Pinkas

Translated by Julia Peuzner
Directed by Eleanor Rhode

Three stories examining what would happen when refugees and their new home’s residents meet. The tales of a prisoner undergoing endless interrogations, a small child in Africa, and a daughter waiting for her father, are entwined with the voices of the people in Israel who are forced to deal with the refugee situation. A powerful work based on a unique collaboration between Israeli theatre makers and groups of refugees.

Shay Pitovsky is a playwright, director and actor. Writing work includes: Greenwich, White Heat (2007), It’s just like wrecking only the opposite (Acco festival, 2006), Twenty Ten (Beit Lessin Theatre, 2001); adaptations include Die Panne (2006) and Beatrice (2008); Awards include Distinction for Original Play for Twenty Ten (Festival at Beit Lessin Theatre) and 2 nominations for Fringe Award (Best Play and Best Contemporary Work) for Greenwich.

Shahar Pinkas studied directing at Faculty of Arts, Tel-Aviv University. Currently works as a dramaturg for the Habima national theatre of Israel. Her plays include: The Promised Land (co-written with Shay Pitovsky, HaBima National Theatre of Israel), Meat-ladies and Gentleman (Herzeliya Ensemble theatre), Purseus and Medusa (Haifa University Theatre), Walk(wo)man (interactive play for Akko Festival for Alternative Theatre), Movement (Tel-Aviv University Theatre).

Eleanor Rhode trained at Mountview and the National Theatre Studio. She is a former Staff Director at the National Theatre and a former Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre, where she directed both sell-out runs of Generous by Michael Healey, and staged readings of Sihanoukville, Barrow Hill and The December Man. Other directing includes: The Gypsy Thread (National Theatre Studio), The Error of Their Ways (Cockpit Theatre), A Number (Camden People’s Theatre), This Lime Tree Bower (Edinburgh Festival), and staged readings of The Geese of Beverly Road (Theatre 503), and Photos of You Sleeping (Hampstead Theatre). Artistic Director of Snapdragon Productions.

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