Next date: Friday, 19 August 2022 | 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM



Presented by Lara Week, La Mama, and Critical Stages Touring

By Samah Sabawi
Directed by Bagryana Popov 

“★★★★★ - Perhaps the most important piece of theatre you will see this year.” - The Music 

From multiple-award winning playwright Samah Sabawi comes THEM — a compelling tale of survival, friendship, and the things we are willing to do to protect the ones we love.  

THEM tells the story of one young family as they face the decision whether to flee their war-torn city. Omar, Leila and their young child are counting down the days. Their friends enjoy fantasies of escape, and the arrival of Omar’s sister brings a real chance to get out – but at what cost? 

Developed in consultation with people living in conflict zones and displaced by war, the play was first supported by Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric program before enjoying a sell-out extended season at the famed La Mama Theatre.  

With unexpected tenderness, laughter, and song, THEM takes audiences into extraordinary circumstances to reveal our shared humanity in the ordinary moments that shape our lives.  

Approximately 80 minutes (no interval)
Recommended for ages 14+ 

This production contains themes of war which may affect those with experience of conflict. Ticket holders are advised the work contains adult themes, moderate language, and sudden loud special effects. 

Taj Aldeeb
Nahed Elrayes
Claudia Greenstone
Sahil Saluja
Osamah Sami
Mehran Tajbakhsh

“★★★★ - A drama dappled with humanity and humour amid the horrors of war [...] The inextinguishable spirit of laughter, of the music of life in the face of desolation, is crucial to both the play’s poignancy and appeal.” - Sydney Morning Herald 

This event is part of Chatswood Culture Bites 2022, Willoughby City Council’s innovative program of music, theatre, comedy and more in Chatswood CBD. 

Originally produced by Lara Week and Samah Sabawi, in collaboration with La Mama Theatre. THEM is supported by La Trobe University, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, and the Australia Council for the Arts, the arts funding and advisory body of the Australian Government.

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Header image by Justyn Koh
Photo gallery images by Mark Gambino




  • Friday, 19 August 2022 | 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
  • Saturday, 20 August 2022 | 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Saturday, 20 August 2022 | 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM


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