Samara's Shop by Patricia Byrne 

and workshop participants


The links between Ireland and the Middle East are closer than we realise. In Samara’s Shop in Derry, Youssef works to welcome, support and encourage newly settled Syrian refugees. But what happens, when the remnants of Ireland’s turbulent past begins to reveal itself? When Muireann, a shadow of an Ireland gone by shares her story of famine, migration, war and discrimination, an undeniable shared heritage is unearthed, opening our eyes to an incredible connection between two worlds. 

Written and directed by Patricia Byrne, through development workshops, Samara’s Shop explores the fascinating links between Irish and Arabic culture. Byrne explores links in language, culture and experience, allowing for a celebration and acknowledgement of two very similar, but different, human experiences. The play pays homage to this through use of Irish, Arabic and English language as well as the use of an original score developed by Marty Coyle, Nikos Petrakos and Paul Cutliffe. With a truly new sound, the music perfectly magnifies the similarities between Irish and Middle Eastern tones, making for an amazing sensory experience. Samara’s Shop is a play for the present, the past and the future and the vital link between us all. 

The play will be performed by Julie-Yara Atz, Karim Hadaya, Baraa Halabieh, Sean Donegan and Cara Park, at The Derry Playhouse Theatre 23rd to the 25th of September. 

The production will also be available online. 

Sole Purpose is core funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland,  this project is funded by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Community Arts Grant.


In Theatre: £12 

Online: £10



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