Curious Monkey and Hamzeh Al Hussien presents


Be Proud.

Be Who You Are.

Be More Penguin.


Here’s what you need to know…

I am Hamzeh.
My favourite shisha flavour is double apple. I love dancing.

Here’s what’s going to happen…

There will be loud music.
A wedding. My first time on a plane. A lot of moonlight.

This is the story of my life (so far).
People have a lot of questions. The answer is:

I can do anything.”

Full of humour and beauty, Hamzeh Al Hussien’s extraordinary story takes you on a personal tour of the places he knows best: his village in the Syrian mountains; Za’atari camp in Jordan, Gateshead and inside his mind. A place full of music, dancing, fantasies and marbles.

Hamzeh invites the audience to be his childhood friends, to hold up the moon to light his way, into his dreams, brushing the dust from his
clothes…and taking the stage.

About Curious Monkey

Curious Monkey is an award-winning theatre company based in Newcastle. We create outstanding theatre inspired by people we meet and connections we make in our local community and around the world. We listen to people who are underrepresented, whose stories are rarely told. Collaborating with teams of diverse artists, we shape these stories into fresh, direct theatre that is rooted in the experiences of the people we work with.

Penguin Trailer

"A timely and moving but often funny production about the refugee and migrant experience that sees an engaging cast directed with flair"

The Stage on HERE - (at Northern Stage) 2022

1 hour and 15 minutes

Running time: 75 minutes (no interval)

Age recommendation: 14yrs+


  • TIckets: £15 (Concessions available)