The Cartographer’s Curse

By Paula Abood

5 — 8 Oct 2016

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One hundred years ago, red and blue crayons in hand, British diplomat Mark Sykes and French counterpart François Georges-Picot met over a map and set about redrawing borders in very straight lines.

The effects of the colonial carve up resonate into the present as history finds meaning with an eclectic new theatrical work, where we re-imagine history through spoken word poetry and prose, drama, parkour movement and qanunic music.

In National Theatre of Parramatta’s role as a capacity building organisation, this production sees support of a newly established Arabic theatre company – Third Space Productions. Indeed it is their premiere professional production. NTofP have assisted with a venue and professional backbone for the company and are thrilled to be offering Third Space this opportunity which they have been able to produce through Australia Council funding.

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 5 October 7:30pm – PREVIEW
Thursday 6 October 7:30pm  – OPENING NIGHT
Friday 7 October 7:30pm  INCLUDES POST-SHOW Q&A
Saturday 8 October 2pm & 7:30pm

Adult $37, Concession $32, 30 & Under $27, Child Under 16 $27

Please note – this production may contain smoke, strobe and haze.

The Cartographer’s Curse Artist Talk

Join us for an engaging panel discussion with academics and artists on maps, borders and history.

Dates & Times:
Saturday 8 October 4pm

Free, bookings essential

Cast and Creatives


The Cartographer: Ludwig El Haddad
The Wandering Professor: Ghassan Hage
The Poet: Zainab Kadhim
The Resistance: Ali Kadhim
The Merchant: Alissar Gazal
Musician: Mohammd Lelo


Writer & Director: Paula Abood
Assistant Director: Claudia Chidiac
Dramaturgy: Barry Gamba
Production Design: Jerome Pearce
Lighting Design: Frank Mainoo
Sound Design: Oonagh Sherrard
Costume: Ruth Fattal
Production Manager: Damion Holling
Stage Manager: Kirsty Walker
Poet: Sara Saleh