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Benedict Power presents

Spring Reign

Tue 19 May - Wed 20 May

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Picture of a man wearing a gas mask

Image: A young rebel fighter after a gas attack in Khan al-Assal, Aleppo 2013 (Photo by Musa Chowdhury)

Syria has descended into civil war and Aleppo is besieged. Salah and Aisha have lost control of their lives and are plunging headlong into an uncertain future. The Syria they hoped to change is gone, in its place, violence and destruction - the arbitrary brutality of war. With the unexpected arrival of two Westerners, who have stayed too long in Syria and must now be given refuge, the fragile existence of the Syrian couple comes under even greater threat. How will they survive as they fall further away from hope, from what they know and from what they used to be?

Based on real-life accounts collected from Syrian refugees, aid workers, activists, journalists and photographers, Spring Reign features live per­formance, video, original music performed by Chris Davies, and frontline photography by Musa Chowdhury. Devised by the company and scripted by award winning writer Rob Johnston it is produced and directed by Benedict Power.

"Our aim has been to devise a dramatic story that reflects the frustration and suffering of the Syrian people, whilst engaging with a more personal human crisis than the one presented in the daily news.

Alongside our performance, we hope to raise awareness of the UK registered charity, Syria Relief, a non-political, non- denominational, non-governmental organisation, established to provide humanitarian aid to Syria, supporting basic needs, including food, medical assistance, sanitation, education and social welfare to all victims of the war."

"Spring Reign is rich with images, music, politics, stories, character, language, situation and relevance."
Matt Fenton - Artistic Director of Contact Theatre

Warning: Some material may be unsuitable for children under 15.

Post Show Discussion
Tue 19 May


WARNING: Some viewers may find these images upsetting.


See photos from the Syrian conflict by Manchester-based photographer and contributor to the project, Musa Chowdhury >>

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