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6-7 July 2023


Trouf: Scenes from 75* Years

Hannah Khalil, presented with Shubbak Festival

A living, growing record of life in Palestine, life beyond the headlines, life under occupation.

Trouf: Scenes from 75* Years is an evolutionary play.


A man sunbathes in the shadow of a tank; another desperately tries to buy an onion before curfew. A musician returns to his childhood home, and the queues reverberate to the rhythm of Hedi Jouini and Um Khultoum.


Trouf: Scenes from 75* Years explores another side to life in Palestine, and Tunisia, the stories you don’t see on the news, gathered and discovered by playwright Hannah Khalil from family and the diasporic community alike. Threaded together, these scenes give voice to over 30 characters, in settings from 1948 up to the present day, all asking the question ‘what is it like to live under occupation, or in post-revolution turmoil, where space is always contested?’


The play began life as Scenes from 68* Years at the Arcola Theatre in 2016, to critical acclaim and sold out audiences. Khalil’s text has since evolved through a series of collaborations with Tunisian artists to create a freshly minted text for this UK premiere. 


Co-directed by Chris White and Ghazi Zaghbani. 


A L’artisto and Nabeul Performing Arts Centre co-production.


Original production supported by the British Council, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and the A. M. Qattan Foundation.

Post-show Q&A led by Playwright Hannah Khalil on Thursday 6 July - free to ticket holders.


Hannah Khalil: Playwright


Hannah Khalil was writer in residence at the Globe 2022. Her stage plays include original play Hakawatis, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII and Hans Christian Anderson’s The Fir Tree (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Museum in Baghdad (Royal Shakespeare Company), Interference (National Theatre of Scotland) and the critically acclaimed Scenes from 68* Years - shortlisted for the James Tait Black Award (Arcola Theatre, London, 2016). Scenes has also been mounted in San Francisco as well as Tunisia in its new incarnation as Trouf.  Further work includes The Scar Test (Soho Theatre, London) and Plan D (Tristan Bates Theatre, Meyer Whitworth Award nominee).


Hannah has also written extensively for television and radio. Her awards include the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture in 2017 and the prestigious Heimbold Chairship for Villanova University, Philadelphia in 2021. She is a Resident Artist at Golden Thread, San Francisco and was Creative Associate of the Samuel Beckett Archive, Reading University for 2021/22, for whom she wrote The Lighthouse Keeper’s Son. In 2022 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Chris White: Co-Director


Chris is a dramaturg and director specialising in international collaborations, Shakespeare, new plays, and projects with young people. He is a Fellow of Birkbeck University Centre for Contemporary Theatre and an Associate Learning Practitioner for The Royal Shakespeare Company, for whom he leads projects and performances involving teachers, young people and artists across the UK and in countries including China, South Korea, India and America. 


For 10 years he co-led Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Lab, developing plays by the UK's best emerging playwrights, and works regularly as a dramaturg and director for Synergy Theatre Project.


His productions of new work in the UK include The Lighthouse Keeper's Son, Beckett Archive, Reading University; Nothing in a Butterfly, SynergyTheatre/Omnibus; Gutted, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury and UK tour; Plan D, Tristan Bates Theatre, London, The Water When it Burns, Hampstead Theatre; Scenes from 68* Years, Arcola; I Burn, I Pine, I Perish, Belgrade, Coventry; Trouble and Wonder, RSC. International productions include The Truth, La Virgule, Lille; Fewer Emergencies, Teatro Litta, Milan; Trouf, L'Artisto, Tunis and Nabeul Cultural Centre; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, and tour of China.

Ghazi Zaghbani: Co-Director

Director, actor, playwright and scriptwriter Ghazi Zaghbani is the founder of the “L'Artisto” space, created in 2010 as a laboratory for his own productions, as well as a space for innovation in performing artrs. A graduate of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, he has staged and performed in more than 20 plays.Ghazi has also tried his hand at cinema. He played in "El Ziara" a film by Nawfel Saheb Ettabaa, "Demain dès l'aube" by Lotfi Achour and his own film "The Dilemma". Ghazi also directed and played in a number of TV series.


Estimated running time

95 minutes

Performance times


Ticket prices

Pay What You Can (recommended price £8)


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email

References to violence and sexual violence, occasional loud sounds

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