An optimistic refugee arrives in a country that’s a complete nervous wreck, hoping to start a new, peaceful life. But in his efforts to fit in, he gets caught up in a series of unfortunate events. An abandoned baby lands in his lap, and the two set out on a journey of mutual growth that will teach them about life and its beauty.
This piece of physical theatre communicates solely through visual language, and demonstrates the power of silence. It explores the conflict between gentleness and violence, the clash between naivety and manipulation. The protagonist is an outsider, an artist who suddenly finds himself in the reality we all live in – an extremely dense, intensive, stressful, and sometimes absurd reality. He tries to connect with people and fit in, but struggles greatly because it is an aggressive society. Obviously, this sense of suffocation reaches a point where you no longer need to speak because there’s nothing left to say. Anything you say sounds a bit clichéd, so maybe it’s better not to say it but simply narrate it.
The show received a recommendation from the National Culture Basket’s Theatre Repertoire Committee and the Israel Association of Community Centers.
Shirili Deshe For the past twenty years she has been acting, directing, and writing for the stage and television. She is a graduate of the Jacques Lecoq Physical Theatre School, Paris.
At Haifa Municipal Theatre she created the show Goodbye and Not Au Revoir. Directing credits also include Teibele and Her Demon and Grannies at The Jerusalem Khan Theatre, Zaza’s Friends (Best Director Award at Haifa International Children’s Theatre Festival), Fatso at The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv (recipient of the Millo Prize), and others.
For Orna Porat Children’s Theatre she wrote and co-directed The Seven Dwarfs, A Sour Face, and Two Are Better (winner of the ASSITEJ Award), among others.
Vitali Friedland is a theatre and film director, photographer and a graduate of the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio. His film Lamps Lit on The Towpath, made in collaboration with Efim Graboy, was an award nominee at the Palm Springs Film Festival. His film Juices was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and he directed Donizetti’s Rita with the Israeli Chamber Opera Ashdod.
Television credits include Battle in Jerusalem (Channel 1) and The Little Drummer Girl (2018) (BBC). Theatre credits: at Beit Lessin Theatre, The Revisionist and Taming of the Shrew. At The Jerusalem Khan Theatre, Scapin the Schemer, A Tale of Love and Darkness, Teibele and Her Demon, The Government Inspector, Adieu Mr. Haffmann, and many more.
*This production contains sounds of explosions and sirens.