Described on Thursday January 24, 2019 at 7 pm at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver | 604-449-6000 or 604-605-8284 ext 204 | Map

Part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019

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Running time is 65 minutes with no intermission.

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Described by Eileen Barrett

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas (France and UK)

In this prize-winning piece, the situation can be described bluntly and simply: two men are onstage, and one of them has a plate while the other does not. From this simple premise, a conflict emerges that ranges from the comical to the brutal.

Named after a Syrian city that has changed hands several times during the current fighting, this small-scale war grows large in the mind. What emerges is a meditation on revenge, world politics and the positions from which we judge them.


“This is a rewarding show to watch, not least because the duo uses the physical differences between them – one tall, one small – to brilliant comic effect. They are superb clowns, but out of the clowning wells something much darker about power, ego and conflict. This can be read as a fable about the war in Syria and the West’s inability to intervene, but it is broad enough to be received as a show about the breakdown of any relationship and how quickly emotions get out of control, positions harden and the crockery starts to be thrown. You start by laughing and by the end you watch appalled and fascinated by our capacity to inflict cruelty and violence on each other.”The Guardian