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Cairde Sligo Arts Festival & Hawk's Well Theatre

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival & Hawk’s Well Theatre: Amir Abu Alrob’s ‘The Road’

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival have recently joined forces with Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo to offer an artist residency for a performing artist from an ethnic minority background. The theatre is delighted to announce that this year’s recipient is Palastinian native Amir Abu Alrob.

Amir Abu Alrob is a Palestinian refugee and theatre maker. In 2013 they joined The Freedom Theatre (TFT), Jenin refugee camp, Palestine and completed 4 years of study in Theatre and Cultural Resistance. Between 2017 – 2019 they worked with TFT school as a facilitator and performer. They have been a part of the LGBT movement in Palestine.

In July 2019 they took a course in Character & Scene Study at The Lir, Dublin. They co-devised and performed in The Bed during Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2020. In October 2020 they were the recipient of the Artist in the Community  bursary award for Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity for their project Taa Marbuta.

For this residency, Amir has brought together collaborators Sorcha Fox, Roisín Loughrey, Dee Armstrong and Lughaidh Mayock for The Road - a piece they have written in response to being queer and Palestinian living in Ireland. The piece also reflects on what is happening in Palestine currently.

Originally broadcast on Facebook Live during Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2021

Amir’s work in ‘The Road’ is now available to watch on our YouTube channel until the 31st of July.