The Cartographer’s Curse

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National Theatre of Parramatta and
Third Space Productions presents

The Cartographer’s Curse

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 05 October - 08 October 2016

One hundred years ago, with red and blue pencils in hand, British diplomat Mark Sykes and French counterpart François Georges-Picot met over a map and set about drawing borders in very straight lines, dividing the Middle East to suit their respective interests. In a world of shifting borders and alliances we enter the world of our Cartographer and his family. The chaos created by these boundary changes reflects the conflicts in humanity and morality as we witness pride, greed, fear, sacrifice, hubris and idealism.  The Cartographer’s Curse re-imagines history spoken word poetry, and prose parkour movement and qanunic music. Featuring Ludwig El Haddad, Ghassan Hage, Zainab Kadhim, Ali Kadhim, Alissar Gazal and Mohammd Lelo. Don’t miss this exciting production!

In National Theatre of Parramatta’s role as a capacity building organisation, this production sees support of a newly established Arabic theatre company – Third Space Productions. Indeed it is their premiere professional production. NTofP have assisted with a venue and professional backbone for the company and are thrilled to be offering Third Space this opportunity which they have been able to produce through Australia Council funding.

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 5 October 7:30pm – PREVIEW
Thursday 6 October 7:30pm  – OPENING NIGHT
Friday 7 October 7:30pm INCLUDES POST-SHOW Q&A
Saturday 8 October 2pm & 7:30pm

Adult $37, Concession $32, 30 & Under $27, Child Under 16 $27

Please note – this production may contain smoke.

The Cartographer’s Curse Artist Talk

Join us for an engaging conversation with the artists of The Cartographer’s Curse to discuss the performative staging of maps, borders and history.

Dates & Times:
Saturday 8 October 4pm

Free, bookings essential


The Cartographer: Ludwig El Haddad The Poet: Zainab Kadhim The Wandering Professor: Ghassan Hage The Merchant: Alissar Gazal The Resistance: Ali Kadhim The Spirit Poet: Sara Saleh Master of the Qanun: Mohammd Lelo Elder in Residence: Rita Wright


Director: Paula Abood Assistant Director: Claudia Chidiac Dramaturgy: Barry Gamba Production Design: Jerome Pearce Lighting Design: Frank Mainoo Sound Design: Oonagh Sherrard Costume: Ruth Fattal Production Manager: Damion Holling Stage Manager: Kirsty Walker

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Performance: Approximately 1 hour (No interval) Artist Talk: Approximately 1 hour (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Adult $37
Concession $32
30 & Under $27
Child Under 16 $27

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00