Palestinian Playwright Falsely Accused Of Anti-Semitism Wins Victorian Drama Awards

Palestinian Playwright Falsely Accused Of Anti-Semitism Wins Victorian Drama Awards

By Michael Brull on December 3, 2016

Fairfax Media’s attempts to manufacture controversy around a Palestinian play have fallen very flat, writes Michael Brull.

Tales of a City by the Sea, a play about life in Gaza by a Palestinian playwright, has won two Drama Victoria Awards. One award was for Best Performance by a Theatre Company for VCE Drama. The other was for Best New Australian Publication for VCE Drama and/or Theatre Studies Teachers and Students.

Playwright Samah Sabawi accepted the latter, and gave a short speech.

“This one goes for anybody who has ever fought for freedom of expression. This one goes for anybody who has ever used their art to light a candle in the dark. This goes to anybody who has ever had the courage to speak truth to power.”  Read more…

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