Ruth Leon recommends… Broken Wings – Stream Theatre – SlippediscSlippedisc

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December 27, 2022

Broken Wings – Stream Theatre

Click here for tickets  –  Until 1 January 2023

Based on the best-selling novelist Khalil Gibran’s  poetic book, and with an ‘unabashedly romantic’ (The Guardian) original score from Middle Eastern duo Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, this moving production lit up the West End in 2022, directed by Bronagh Lagan.

New York City, 1923.
Through exquisite poetry and enchanting music, an ageing Gibran narrates our tale, transporting us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut. Gibran meets Selma; their connection is instant and their love affair, fated. However, their journey to happiness is soon thrown off course, as the pair face obstacles that shake the delicate foundation of their partnership. Will their love win out or will their dream of a life together be torn apart?

Performed in-the-round, Broken Wings takes us on a musical voyage that is ‘pleasingly evocative of an old Beirut’ (The Stage). Over a century later, and the themes and debates raised in Gibran’s story, remain increasingly relevant today; exploring issues of gender equality, immigration, the freedom to love who we love, and what ‘home’ really means to us.  

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