There are villages where the families of dead soldiers are given a goat as compensation. This struck Liwaa Yazji as the perfect starting point for a play – with live animals – about the horrors and compromises of life under war
When the protests of 2011 in Syria turned into armed revolution, and the country slipped into civil war, poet and playwright Liwaa Yazji began filling her notebooks with the bizarre, painful details of what had become daily life in her home country.
Yazji had been fascinated by war’s tragic absurdity, the cruel compromises it demands of those who want to stay alive, the warping effects of violence, long before it became personal as a student in Damascus. Years later, she realised the stories she had collected from news reports and conversations with friends asked the same questions – about “how we accept and why” – as the works she loved by writers such as Edward Bond and Hungary’s István Örkény.