FAB ON TOUR // Under the bridge – Amre Sawah + Abdulrahman Khalouf

French and Arabic (surtitles in French) (on request, surtitles in English)
duration 70 minutes


text Abdulrahman Khallouf
director Amre Sawah
artistic collaboration Sébastien Laurier
light designers & technic Emmanuel Bassibé


Alone, under a bridge, in one night, Jamal, a young Syrian refugee, meets people, that is some of what the title will give us.

Based on many real stories, this strong testimony will have an open ending with a dialogue between the writer and the director of the play, as a “metatheatre”, witch, with self-derisive humour, debate the fate of their character… The future of the Syrian people ?

Under the bridge is also the story of a meeting that joined Amre Sawah and Abdulrahman Khallouf as students in the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus Syria back in the late 90s. After leaving Syria first to Lebanon Amre decides to move to France. Choosing to settle down in Bordeaux, where his friend Abdulrahman lives.

After their first play in Bordeaux that Abdulrhaman directed and Amre wrote Family Secret, they work together on their second project Under the bridge, a powerful and partly autobiographical play about the conditions of the refugees in France, and exile.

Meeting with Sylvie Violan, offered them the opportunity to produce their new work under Festival International des Arts of Bordeaux Métropole (FAB) with the support of (Onda) the Office National de Diffusion Artistique.

This new work saw the light after a residency at Carré-Colonnes in Blanquefort during autumn 2016. Under the Bridge was presented for three days in first addition of FAB festival in October 2016, finding immediate success with both public and professionals.


Scheduled tour dates

– 21st november 2016 : Rencontre théâtrale de Carthage, Tunis (speed-dating)
– 7th and 8th april 2017 : Festival Mythos, L’Aire Libre, Rennes, France
– 27th april 2017 : Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (showcase for promoters)
14th and15th july 2017 : Scènes de rue, Mulhouse, France
18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23th july 2017 : La Manufacture, Avignon, France
27th, 28th, 29th september 2017 : Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France
18th, 19th, 20th january 2018 :  Carré-Colonnes, Saint Médard en Jalles, France
15th and 16th march 2018 :  Théâtre d’Arles, Arles


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text Abdulrahman Khallouf
director Amre Sawah
artistic collaboration Sébastien Laurier
light designers & technic Emmanuel Bassibé

// cast
Homam Afaara – principal actor
Farhan Dahi – actor
Issam Al Khatibi – actor
Sébastien Laurier – artistic collaboration and actor
Virginie Bergeon – actress

// production
FAB (Festival International des Arts de Bordeaux Métropole)
with the support of Onda (Office National de Diffusion Artistique), OARA (Office Artistique de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
and the Fond d’aide à la création et à l’innovation de la Ville de Bordeaux, Carré-Colonnes, and La Vilette

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