Where the Streets Had a Name – 2017

Where the Streets Had a Name

Hayaat is on a mission. She will even skip school to achieve it (encouraged by her best friend Samy). She is determined to retrieve a handful of soil from her Grandmother’s farm as this will make her beloved Sitti Zeynab well again. Standing between her and her goal is the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank.

With themes of displacement, family, freedom and friendship, this is a powerful story of one family’s response to the confinements of curfew and how they rise above, with humour and love.

A suggested text for Stage 5, Monkey Baa is beyond thrilled to be bringing this story to the stage. Eva Di Cesare – a founding Monkey and masterful creative force – has adapted Abdel-Fattah’s book into a loving, gripping and enlightening production set in Palestine but with emotional reach far beyond its borders.

Please Note: This production includes content some patrons may find distressing including menacing soldiers, gunfire and bombs.

Monkey Baa received funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund for this project.


About the Video

Over the course of 2016/17 Monkey Baa had the pleasure of working with the students of Sir Joseph Banks High School. The students and their families were able to assist in the development of the work, as well as inform and tell their own stories in a receptive and safe environment.

This digital exhibition includes the personal stories of Randa Abdel-Fattah and Palestinian Community Elders who were interviewed by the students as part of the initiative.

The student engagement and exhibition was funded by the James N Kirby Foundation.


Puchase the play here