Where the Streets Had a Name – 2017 (Education Season)

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.

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Dina Gillespie

Mama and others

Dina Gillespie has worked as an actor in a career that has spanned over two decades. Most recently seen in Redfern Now, The Code, Ready for this and Rake for the ABC. Other highlights include films Better Than Sex and Danny Deckchair (alongside Rhys Ifans and Miranda Otto) television shows, All Saints, Water Rats and Police Rescue. Her Theatre Credits include The Vagina Monologues, Commedia Dell Arte for Downstairs Belvoir, Death and The Maiden and The Plot for the Greek Theatre in Marrickville. She has also acted in numerous short films that have enjoyed the worldwide festival circuit.

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Mansoor Noor

Tariq and Samy

Mansoor graduated from ACA in 2014 after completing a Bachelor in Film and Screen Production from Griffith University. His stage performances have included The Laden Table at KXT, Safety Switch and Belleville (the Old Fitz Theatre) and Beirut Adrenaline (Belvoir). He has also appeared on the television shows Cleverman, Trip for Biscuits, Rake and Winter along with the feature films Project Eden Vol. 1 and Stephen Sewell's first feature Embedded. Mansoor is next appearing in his own series funded by the ABC, Screen Australia and Screen NSW titled Mustafa Needs a Wife.

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Aanisa Vylet


Aanisa Vylet is an actor, writer and auteur from Western Sydney. Recent acting credits include Martyrs (STC 2016), Arch: Politics of Fragmentation (Biennale of Sydney, 2016), Bengal Tiger and Bagdad Zoo (Mad March Theatre Co, 2017) and her debut self-devised show: The Girl which was shortlisted for the Phillip Parsons playwriting award and nominated for West Australian Arts Editor Award in 2015. She is currently part of the 2017 Belvoir Artist Program and is 2017 recipient of the Southlands Breakthrough Artist Residency Award for the development of her second play, The Woman.

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Alissar Gazal

Sitti Zeynab

Alissar’s most recent work was in a short film called Hi, my name is Sayed 2017. In 2016 Alissar performed in The Cartographer’s Curse part of the Parramatta National Theatre program at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. In 2013-2014 Alissar performed in the very successful 2 season web series, I LUV U BUT and from 1991-1999 was part of an ensemble that brought to Sydney Taqa Theatre, a bilingual Arab Australian Theatre Company, during that time Alissar helped to write, produce and act in all of Taqa’s performances. Alissar has performed in numerous other short film productions and one TV production an episode of All Saints.

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Sal Sharah


Sal was most recently seen in Hakawati (National Theatre of Parramatta/Sydney Festival). Other theatre credits include Jump for Jordan (Griffin); Miss Julie, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Sydney Theatre Company); Les Enfants du Paradis (Belvoir); Felliniada (Belvoir/Auto de Fe); Salome (Crossroads); My Son the Lawyer is Drowning (Ensemble Theatre); Alex & Eve (Bulldog Theatre Company). Musical theatre highlights include the original Australian productions of Grease, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show and Reg Livermore’s Ned Kelly as well as roles in My Fair Lady, Sunset Boulevard, Guys and Dolls and Great Expectations. TV work includes The Code, Rake, East West 101, All Saints, Wild Side, GP and Heartbreak High. Films include Alex & Eve, The Boys and Chain Reaction.

A Teacher Resource was created to support this production and has been archived.
Please email our Education Manager to receive a copy.