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.

Listen to the music from and inspired by the production here.

Access: The show will be captioned in both English and Arabic.

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

"Penguin is definitely a special piece of theatre. It’s one that will capture your heart, showcasing a story that deserves to be shared with the world."

Theatre & Tonic

"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

"Uplifting tale of finding self-acceptance and joy."

The Stage

"A joyous and uplifting story of hope in the face of adversity, and of celebrating the individual."

West End Best Friend

"An extraordinary tale, told with beautiful simplicity." "It’s unusual to see disability and displacement intersect in a piece of theatre...And that’s what makes this such a vital story."

Disability Arts Online

"A wonderful piece of storytelling."

North East Theatre Guide

1 hour and 15 minutes

Running time: 75 minutes (no interval)

Age recommendation: 14yrs+


  • TIckets: £15 (Concessions available)