26 March 2020 – 23 May 2020

AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur

OT On Screen

Captured live at the Orange Tree Theatre in London, the UK premiere of the play AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur was available online for free for a limited time.

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About the play

An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant. One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives. It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present. A strikingly original, audacious thriller by Maya Arad Yasur, a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide. This is Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of ATC.

Amsterdam is timely and hauntingly reminds us that the past exists in the present. In failing to acknowledge our darkest history we risk repeating it.” Lyn Gardner

Amsterdam is full of rewards... a moving excavation of the tensions surging under the city’s streets.” Time Out

An Orange Tree Theatre, Actors Touring Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth production. The capture was commissioned by The Space, supported by Arts Council England and produced by the Roundhouse.

Cast (On Screen) Daniel Abelson, Fiston Barek, Michal Horowicz, Hara Yannas

Trranslation Eran Edry
Direction Matthew Xia
Design Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Movement Jennifer Jackson
Lighting CiarĂ¡n Cunningham
Sound Max Pappenheim

Content warning: contains strong language and discussion of xenophobia and the holocaust

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