Eating the Copper Apple is a soul-searching tale of identity by the prize-winning queer poet and writer lisa luxx. Shaped by her life, it weaves together politics and dreams, loss and fulfilment into a one-woman verse play that explores adoption and mixed-heritage.
Taking audiences on a voyage from West Yorkshire to the borders of Syria through family, romance and culture, it asks a big question: how do we become who we are?
Both funny and philosophical, this profound piece of theatre examines the immense impact of displacement on our sense of self.
lisa luxx is a queer writer, performer, essayist and activist of British Syrian heritage. She writes for freedoms, for healing, to mobilise and to inquire.
This collaborative project spearheaded by luxx (writer, director, performer) brings together a team of Arab women artists: Tamara Al-Mashouk (visual designer), Nour Sokhon (composer), Diyan Zora (dramaturg), Scarlett Saad (sound engineer), and Alia Alzougbi (producer), plus support from Anya Urban (sound technician).
Eating the Copper Apple was commissioned by the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and its development was generously funded by the Al-Omar Family and Arts Council England.
This show is presented in collaboration with Rethink Rebuild Society and is part of Celebrating Syria 2022: a festival of arts and culture. For the full programme, please visit celebratingsyria.org
We are committed to making Celebrating Syria accessible to everyone. For each ticketed event three different prices are available, following the ‘solidarity economy’ approach. The highest price is intended for high waged, the middle price for low and medium waged and the lowest price (always £1) for unwaged. This means you can choose the price that suits you. By choosing a higher price, if you can afford it, you are supporting the festival and enabling lower earners to attend festival events. We base our ticketing structure on trust, so no evidence of income is required.
As usual, asylum seekers can attend all events for free. If you require the £1 or free tickets, please contact email@example.com or on 0161 222 9779.
About Celebrating Syria
Building on 4 years of success, culminating in an entirely virtual festival in December 2020, Rethink Rebuild Society persists with its creative mission, showcasing the talent and creativity of Syrian artists in the UK and presenting a truly bright image of Syria and its culture and heritage, an image that has long been neglected amidst the war and the refugee crisis.
The 5th Celebrating Syria Festival will take place from 11-26 March 2022 and will be a hybrid of events held online and in person. It will feature, among other activities, an art exhibition, a theatre performance, live music, films, panel discussions and interactive art workshops, and will end with a family fun day. There will be something for everyone.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Distance’, or Masafat مسافات in Arabic, a title that is ‘inspired’ by social distancing measures imposed on us all as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, where isolation and distance became the norm and many people stayed away from loved ones. ‘Distance’ also sums up the experiences of many Syrian and non-Syrian people, forcibly displaced, exiled or refugees around the world as a result of injustice.
With this theme in mind, the festival uses arts and culture to challenge physical, emotional and cultural distance and barriers, bringing people closer to one another, reducing isolation, alienation and marginalisation and reinforcing dialogue and integration in the multicultural society of Manchester and the UK at large.