Theatre play performance (part 3)

Theatre play performance (part 3)


Firas is dead. No, he’s not.
He’s not eating.
He’s moving his eyes.
He isn’t.
He’s looking at me. Firas is dead. No, he’s not.
He’s not eating.
He’s moving his eyes.
He isn’t.
He’s looking at me. Firas is dead. No, he’s not.
He’s not eating.
He’s moving his eyes.
He isn’t.
He’s looking at me. he’s not moving
every time you see this it turns out it’s not true we go to the graveyard and
he’s not there we come back and start again what do I have to do
Ah, you have been persuaded. I want to see my son Very well, Miss Hayam Abbas, from the TV station, is ready to come over with a cameraman. Follow her instructions. Follow her instructions. And what about Firas? You will find out. We are gathered here today We are gathered here today We are gathered here today We are gathered here today We are gathered here today to show our faith We are gathered here today We are gathered here today We are gathered here today We are gathered here today to show our faith in the noble value of martyrdom. To show our appreciation of the families who bear the loss of their sons and husbands. These mothers and these wives dedicate their lives to raising a hero – a hero imbued with love for their nation, love for its soil. Today, we are Today, we are delighted to announce that the martyr’s families are to receive a goat to show them that the nation has not forgotten them. The goat reminds them of the son they have lost, or husband, or father. What a heart-warming sight to see the village full of goats. Imm Nabil, kindly tell us how you feel, hearing this announcement. Did you bid farewell to him before he was buried? Why aren’t you saying anything? The answers are right here! I can’t see. Excuse me, madam. Imm Nabil can’t see. She is nearly blind. Oh, no need to talk. What a coincidence! We are honoured to have the president of the Party’s local branch Abu al-Tayyib. He is here to witness the goat distribution ceremony. Well, fairy-godfather! You have overseen this generous gesture. How are the families responding? Oh… What a surprise! As you can see, people are happy. They’re grateful. And they’re optimistic that this vicious attack on us will come to an end. And that we’ll be safe again. Our martyrs are Our martyrs are instilled with values – the values of conviction, faith, morality and patriotism. PRESENTER: Can you tell us a bit more about the scheme? Absolutely. It allows us to distribute a mountain goat to every every family of a martyr in the local area. PRESENTER: Viewers are asking – will the scheme be extended to other regions of our beloved homeland? PRESENTER: Viewers are asking – will the scheme be extended to other regions of our beloved homeland? We hope so. Our vision is for every house in the nation to have its own goat. PRESENTER: Well, thank you for this exclusive interview. Now we’ll let you get back to the crowd. They are waiting anxiously to hear your speech. VILLAGERS: With our souls, with our blood, we sacrifice ourselves for you, our leader! We sacrifice ourselves for you, our country! We are here today to pay tribute. To offer thanks. The martyrs have entrusted their families to us. They ask for no material recompense, only moral support. Pillars of the nation, let us step forward to receive the recognition we deserve. The martyrs have entrusted their families to us. They ask for no material recompense, only moral support. Pillars of the nation, let us step forward to receive the recognition we deserve. The martyrs have entrusted their families to us. They ask for no material recompense, only moral support. Pillars of the nation, let us step forward to receive the recognition we deserve. BODYGUARD: Abu Ahmad… Imm Aziz… Abu Rami… Abu Ala’… Imm Ghassan… BODYGUARD:…Imm Ghassan… Where is our acclaimed teacher now? Has he nothing to say? Shame on him! I bet he is at home, hiding. Did you get a billy or a nanny? Keep it down! Abu Firas has run away. Yes, because the government is ‘exploiting us’ and ‘doesn’t treat us well’. Yeah there’s a goat here for the venerable schoolmaster. Although I’m sure he won’t deign to come and pick it up. You know my son called me on the phone, ‘Dad, I’ve got them right here,’ he says ‘I’m going to chop them to bits.’ I told him, ‘Good for you, son. You’re a hero!’ I told him, ‘Good for you, son. You’re a hero!’ When I heard my son’s voice… He said ‘Don’t cry, Mum. Don’t wear black. I’m coming home a martyr. God will reward you, you’ll be the mother of a martyr.’ I hope everyone has received their token of appreciation. Before we all head home, please gather for a moment. Let us open our hearts, and watch this interview. Mudar, son, turn it on. Before we all head home, please gather for a moment. Let us open our hearts, and watch this interview. Mudar, son, turn it on. ABU FIRAS: ‘My name is Ibrahim. I wish to apologise for my behaviour on the day of my son’s burial. My son, the martyr. What I said that day was an insult – an insult to my son’s memory to my village, and to martyrdom. I wish to confirm that I have no relationship whatsoever with any
group or party that denigrates your sons or their sacrifices I hope you will
accept this apology nothing can shake my faith in our government in our army and
in our principles in times of war and peace. VOICE OF PRESENTER: And are you going to bury your son? ABU FIRAS: My martyred son Firas will be buried, and I formally take back any previous demands I made.
VOICE OF PRESENTER: Do you regret… (what you did)? ABU FIRAS: My martyred son Firas will be buried, and I formally take back any previous demands I made.
VOICE OF PRESENTER: Do you regret… (what you did)? ZAHRA. If I had finished my studies, I’d have got a government job and I would probably have been killed too. Maybe I wouldn’t have married Adnan, I wouldn’t be pregnant, and we wouldn’t be here now. and we wouldn’t be here now. My mum wants to come and see the goat tomorrow, on her way back from the shrine in our village. Would you believe it, they’ve heard about this thing with Abu Firas? She’s wondering if she should take a vow of silence too, for my sister. But she’s like me, she can’t stand silence. My mum wants to come and see the goat tomorrow, on her way back from the shrine in our village. Would you believe it, they’ve heard about this thing with Abu Firas? She’s wondering if she should take a vow of silence too, for my sister. But she’s like me, she can’t stand silence. My mum wants to come and see the goat tomorrow, on her way back from the shrine in our village. Would you believe it, they’ve heard about this thing with Abu Firas? She’s wondering if she should take a vow of silence too, for my sister. But she’s like me, she can’t stand silence. My mum wants to come and see the goat tomorrow, on her way back from the shrine in our village. Would you believe it, they’ve heard about this thing with Abu Firas? She’s wondering if she should take a vow of silence too, for my sister. But she’s like me, she can’t stand silence. They say the terrorists want to kill us, one by one, then play football with our heads. I hope it’s a boy… But women are fighting as well now. If I wasn’t pregnant, I’d go and fight too, don’t you think? Oh I wish you could talk to me a bit, I’m fed up! When the baby arrives it’ll be different, that’s what’s keeping me going. I’m just dying to see him. They say the terrorists want to kill us, one by one, then play football with our heads. I hope it’s a boy… But women are fighting as well now. If I wasn’t pregnant, I’d go and fight too, don’t you think? Oh I wish you could talk to me a bit, I’m fed up! When the baby arrives it’ll be different, that’s what’s keeping me going. I’m just dying to see him. They say the terrorists want to kill us, one by one, then play football with our heads. I hope it’s a boy… But women are fighting as well now. If I wasn’t pregnant, I’d go and fight too, don’t you think? Oh I wish you could talk to me a bit, I’m fed up! When the baby arrives it’ll be different, that’s what’s keeping me going. I’m just dying to see him. They say the terrorists want to kill us, one by one, then play football with our heads. I hope it’s a boy… But women are fighting as well now. If I wasn’t pregnant, I’d go and fight too, don’t you think? Oh I wish you could talk to me a bit, I’m fed up! When the baby arrives it’ll be different, that’s what’s keeping me going. I’m just dying to see him. Tell you the truth, I’m not that keen on babies. But I want to become a mother like the rest of you. You are respected. It can be a hero, like the martyrs. Tell you the truth, I’m not that keen on babies. But I want to become a mother like the rest of you. You are respected. It can be a hero, like the martyrs. Tell you the truth, I’m not that keen on babies. But I want to become a mother like the rest of you. You are respected. It can be a hero, like the martyrs. Are you upset about Abu Firas? I just don’t get you. The government won’t let a silly thing like this get out of hand. People were reassured by the video. If you’re going to stay silent, I’m going to keep talking. What exactly was the vow you made? We heard about Ghassan. You went into your room, and you didn’t come out until Adnan called. You said, ‘God avenge your brother’s death’. That you’d never forgive them. Something like – ‘there’s nothing else worth saying’. If we all decided to stop talking, like you, the whole country would be mute. Are you upset about Abu Firas? I just don’t get you. The government won’t let a silly thing like this get out of hand. People were reassured by the video. If you’re going to stay silent, I’m going to keep talking. What exactly was the vow you made? We heard about Ghassan. You went into your room, and you didn’t come out until Adnan called. You said, ‘God avenge your brother’s death’. That you’d never forgive them. Something like – ‘there’s nothing else worth saying’. If we all decided to stop talking, like you, the whole country would be mute. Are you upset about Abu Firas? I just don’t get you. The government won’t let a silly thing like this get out of hand. People were reassured by the video. If you’re going to stay silent, I’m going to keep talking. What exactly was the vow you made? We heard about Ghassan. You went into your room, and you didn’t come out until Adnan called. You said, ‘God avenge your brother’s death’. That you’d never forgive them. Something like – ‘there’s nothing else worth saying’. If we all decided to stop talking, like you, the whole country would be mute. Are you upset about Abu Firas? I just don’t get you. The government won’t let a silly thing like this get out of hand. People were reassured by the video. If you’re going to stay silent, I’m going to keep talking. What exactly was the vow you made? We heard about Ghassan. You went into your room, and you didn’t come out until Adnan called. You said, ‘God avenge your brother’s death’. That you’d never forgive them. Something like – ‘there’s nothing else worth saying’. If we all decided to stop talking, like you, the whole country would be mute. Are you upset about Abu Firas? I just don’t get you. The government won’t let a silly thing like this get out of hand. People were reassured by the video. If you’re going to stay silent, I’m going to keep talking. What exactly was the vow you made? We heard about Ghassan. You went into your room, and you didn’t come out until Adnan called. You said, ‘God avenge your brother’s death’. That you’d never forgive them. Something like – ‘there’s nothing else worth saying’. If we all decided to stop talking, like you, the whole country would be mute. Are you upset about Abu Firas? I just don’t get you. The government won’t let a silly thing like this get out of hand. People were reassured by the video. If you’re going to stay silent, I’m going to keep talking. What exactly was the vow you made? We heard about Ghassan. You went into your room, and you didn’t come out until Adnan called. You said, ‘God avenge your brother’s death’. That you’d never forgive them. Something like – ‘there’s nothing else worth saying’. If we all decided to stop talking, like you, the whole country would be mute. I hear the news whenever I close my eyes. It’s all here, in my head. I can picture Adnan… I can see him fighting. I can see the boys, crawling through the mud to get to the terrorists’ hideout. Honestly, I could do the whole news broadcast myself. Mum reckons I should have been a presenter. ‘When that presenter gets shot, reporting from the front line, you should apply for her job’. I hear the news whenever I close my eyes. It’s all here, in my head. I can picture Adnan… I can see him fighting. I can see the boys, crawling through the mud to get to the terrorists’ hideout. Honestly, I could do the whole news broadcast myself. Mum reckons I should have been a presenter. ‘When that presenter gets shot, reporting from the front line, you should apply for her job’. I hear the news whenever I close my eyes. It’s all here, in my head. I can picture Adnan… I can see him fighting. I can see the boys, crawling through the mud to get to the terrorists’ hideout. Honestly, I could do the whole news broadcast myself. Mum reckons I should have been a presenter. ‘When that presenter gets shot, reporting from the front line, you should apply for her job’. I hear the news whenever I close my eyes. It’s all here, in my head. I can picture Adnan… I can see him fighting. I can see the boys, crawling through the mud to get to the terrorists’ hideout. Honestly, I could do the whole news broadcast myself. Mum reckons I should have been a presenter. ‘When that presenter gets shot, reporting from the front line, you should apply for her job’. I hear the news whenever I close my eyes. It’s all here, in my head. I can picture Adnan… I can see him fighting. I can see the boys, crawling through the mud to get to the terrorists’ hideout. Honestly, I could do the whole news broadcast myself. Mum reckons I should have been a presenter. ‘When that presenter gets shot, reporting from the front line, you should apply for her job’. I hear the news whenever I close my eyes. It’s all here, in my head. I can picture Adnan… I can see him fighting. I can see the boys, crawling through the mud to get to the terrorists’ hideout. Honestly, I could do the whole news broadcast myself. Mum reckons I should have been a presenter. ‘When that presenter gets shot, reporting from the front line, you should apply for her job’. You can’t ignore Abu al-Tayyib when he wants to talk to you, you know. You could at least hear him out. I hear the news whenever I close my eyes. It’s all here, in my head. I can picture Adnan… I can see him fighting. I can see the boys, crawling through the mud to get to the terrorists’ hideout. Honestly, I could do the whole news broadcast myself. Mum reckons I should have been a presenter. ‘When that presenter gets shot, reporting from the front line, you should apply for her job’. You can’t ignore Abu al-Tayyib when he wants to talk to you, you know. You could at least hear him out. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Maybe we’re not looking after her properly. Have you ever had a goat before? Do you know how to milk it? That turns my stomach. Pregnancy. You know, I found her in Ghassan’s room today? It’s a miracle, she knew straight away. Hello? Hello, love. How are you? No, first tell me how you are… When are you coming to see us…? What’s wrong?
It’s Adnan. He wants to speak to you urgently. Talk to him! It’s your son, for goodness sake. Hello? Hello, love. How are you? No, first tell me how you are… When are you coming to see us…? What’s wrong?
It’s Adnan. He wants to speak to you urgently. Talk to him! It’s your son, for goodness sake. Hello? Hello, love. How are you? No, first tell me how you are… When are you coming to see us…? What’s wrong?
It’s Adnan. He wants to speak to you urgently. Talk to him! It’s your son, for goodness sake. Hello? Hello, love. How are you? No, first tell me how you are… When are you coming to see us…? What’s wrong?
It’s Adnan. He wants to speak to you urgently. Talk to him! It’s your son, for goodness sake. Hello? Hello, love. How are you? No, first tell me how you are… When are you coming to see us…? What’s wrong?
It’s Adnan. He wants to speak to you urgently. Talk to him! It’s your son, for goodness sake. VOICE OF ADNAN. Mum, listen. Good news. This is for Ghassan! We didn’t let them have his blood for free. VOICE OF ADNAN. Mum, listen. Good news. This is for Ghassan! We didn’t let them have his blood for free. ABU FIRAS. Firas… it’s you. They tried to stop me seeing you. What happened to you? Can you hear me? ABU FIRAS. Firas… it’s you. They tried to stop me seeing you. What happened to you? Can you hear me? Where is the rest of my son? These rocks are covered in your blood… those dogs they did this to you. I fought the world to see you. How come I never knew you, and now I want to know you? Talk to me. . “Leave them for the dogs,” I told him. But it was you, you were left for the dogs. Answer me! I had to say goodbye, I can’t let you go without seeing your face. And please, Firas. Don’t be angry at me. Forgive me. May God be with you. . “Leave them for the dogs,” I told him. But it was you, you were left for the dogs. Answer me! I had to say goodbye, I can’t let you go without seeing your face. And please, Firas. How come I never knew you, and now I want to know you? Don’t be angry at me. Forgive me. May God be with you. Open the door did you pay entry and exit?

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