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Signature Series: From the Mountains to the Sea: Family stories from Palestine spanning 150 years

  • Arts Court Theatre 2 Daly Avenue Ottawa, ON, K1N 9M7 Canada (map)

The story of an honour killing of a sixteen-year old shepherdess in the Hebron Hills spans 70 years and finds a connection with a four-year-old boy (father of the storyteller Sarah Abusarar). A poetic tribute to an ancient land and its people, the shepherdess’ story opens the way into a collection of tales told by that father. His childhood stories about growing up in Palestine at the start of the occupation are stories of child poverty, childhood resistance, and refugees. “While my mother told me fairy tales, my father told me real life stories that also contained kings, brave young men, and monsters.” 

$18 Students/Seniors, $22 Regular
Tickets available at online (Eventbrite), or at the door.

Presented as a part of the 2018/19 Ottawa StoryTellers Signature Series.

Sarah Abusarar comes from a long line of storytellers on her paternal side. She tells stories to both adults and children. Sarah has told at various cultural centers, museums, art galleries, festivals, libraries, parks and homes. Because Sarah grew up in several countries, she tells stories from all over the world with the focus on Palestinian and Croatian stories, where her roots lie. Her favorite stories are ones that promote social change. Sarah has also used stories in a therapeutic way, with children in refugee camps as well as refugee children in Toronto, as part of their therapy. She teaches stories at the Parent Child Mother Goose Program. Sarah tells stories so that she may go deep inside of the tales and find herself in far away magical places, that she remembers, from long, long ago

Earlier Event: March 26
Stories & Tea: Shiners and Fenians
Later Event: April 4
Pre-Swap Gathering