Spring Reign review – rough and ready account of the Syrian conflict

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Albany, London
Inspired by testimony from refugees, aid workers and journalists, Rob Johnston’s drama homes in on the streets of Aleppo

It took thousands of years to build Aleppo and only a few to destroy it, as Bashar al-Assad turned on his own people. Inspired by testimony from Syrian refugees, aid workers and journalists, this rough and ready evening, written by Rob Johnston, focuses on the period between 2012 and 2013 when the city was besieged.

In a small flat, Salah (Marlon Solomon) and Aisha (Rhîan McLean) are struggling to survive, but they stretch out the hand of hospitality to their friends Mark and Claire. Mark is a photojournalist struggling to get his work published by news outlets who don’t want to run pictures of dead children. Claire is an English teacher who has stayed too long in the city hoping for news of her blogger fiance, Rashid, who was arrested months ago.

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