Two Palestinians Go Dogging in London

The separation wall in Bethlehem, Palestine
The separation wall in Bethlehem, Palestine

London’s most famous new writing theatre will court controversy when it stages Two Palestinians Go Dogging next month. Sami Ibrahim’s new play is directed by Omar Elerian and will be staged in at Sloane Square’s Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from 9 April to 9 May 2020.

The play is set in 2043 and follows Reem and her husband Sayeed, whose hobbies are “Arab Idol and cooking lentils and having sex in fields late at night”.

The Fifth Intifada is right around the corner and the couple are planning to go and have sex on a contested piece of land near their village of Beit al-Qadir.

A coproduction with the Theatre Uncut, Ibrahim won the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award 2019 and is currently writer-in-residence at Shakespeare’s Globe and one of the Genesis Almeida New Playwrights. He has been on attachment at the National Theatre Studio and Theatr Clwyd, and is a member of the Tamasha Writers Group and Oxford Playhouse Playmaker programme.