THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE
Edited by Zoe Lafferty from interviews conducted by Paul Wood, Ruth Sherlock and Zoe Lafferty
“The most dangerous thing you can do in this country is speak the word freedom”
The world premiere of a new play based entirely on verbatim reports from inside Syria itself. As thousands have been tortured, jailed, maimed or killed by the Syrian regime, The Fear of Breathing is a hard-hitting evocation of a life or death fight for freedom, experienced from the inside.
To uncover these personal stories from the uprising, award-winning journalists Paul Wood of the BBC and Ruth Sherlock of The Daily Telegraph, together with theatre director Zoe Lafferty, travelled into Syria covertly, circumventing the ban on journalists and restrictions on movement for all non-Syrians. Immersed in Syria's suffocating environment of oppression and fear, they spoke to protesters facing tanks and guns, soldiers who deserted to form the Free Army, activists who dream of change, as well as citizens who love President Bashar al-Assad and are terrified of a future without him.
Featuring verbatim scenes, interviews, stories and film footage, The Fear of Breathing is a powerful and profoundly disturbing portrait of a revolution struggling to survive.
Producer Chris Foxon
Director Zoe Lafferty
Set Designer Philip Lindley
Lighting Designer Miguel Vicente
Music & Sound Designer Max Pappenheim
Costume Designer Doris Bartelt
Assistant Director George Ransley
Dramaturge Neil McPherson
Fight Director Tim Klotz
Casting Director Lucy Casson
Cast Scott Ainsle, David Broughton-Davies, Paul Cawley, Gareth Glen, Nicholas Karimi, Sirine Saba, John Wark, Adam Youssefbeygi,
PUBLISHED BY OBERON
DEVELOPED WITH WALES LAB / NATIONAL THEATRE OF WALES