Tag: Cambodia

I Am a Camera

A little teaser for next week’s production of I Am a Camera in Cambodia, adapted & directed by yours truly. For this version, we moved the action from 1930s Berlin (amid the rise of the Nazis and antisemitic violence) to Phnom Penh in 1969 (amid the build up to Lon

Cambodia is About to Stage Its First Ever Opera

Okay, quick disclaimer: I’m talking about European-style opera here. Cambodia has a rich performance history blending theatre and singing, but it’s never staged an opera. The really exciting thing about this project, which is a version of Mozart’s Magic Flute that’s taken years to put together, is that it isn’t just

Albee, Iononsco, Kondoleon and Rebeck… in Cambodia? Absurd!

As unlikely as it sounds, absurdist theatre is coming to Phnom Penh, with a series of four short plays exploring the darker side of human nature and what pushes us to violence. In French AND English, no less. I am very excited about this. So much so that I interviewed

A Song Dedicated to the Cockroach Hiding in My Bedroom

At first I was afraid, I was petrified I hit you with my shoe- how are you still alive? But now it’s so much worse You could be lurking in my purse You little creep – now I can’t sleep! — Under the bed? Inside the drawer? Or have you

Visiting Phnom Penh? I Dare You To Watch This Without Weeping

Anyone who lives in or has been to Cambodia knows how fresh the wounds inflicted by the Khmer Rouge still feel today. Unresolved trauma from the civil war and genocide permeates the work of most artists who were old enough to have experienced it first hand (as well as many

Great News for Some Phnom Penh Friends…

When I first came to Phnom Penh earlier this year, I interviewed a really fantastic social enterprise called ARC Hub PNH for an article I was writing about prosthetic limb production in Cambodia and Laos. During the Secret War that ran concurrently to the Vietnam War, the Americans (illegally) dropped more

More Goals than Fans: Syria’s Uphill Struggle to Rally Nation Behind Football Team (Guardian)

The team, sitting at the top of the table for its group, is performing remarkably well despite formidable hurdles. The war has crippled football in Syria, scattering players across the world, and leaving them with barely a week to meet and train ahead of each match. But Syrians everywhere are

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