This theatre production directed by Omar Abusaada occurs over a two tiered stage where Taim watches over his family and friends while laying in a coma after being brutally beaten at a security check point in Damascus, Syria. While I was Waiting was also making its Australian premiere at the 2018 OzAsia Festival.
Watching this play gives me an idea of everyday life in Damascus in 2015, in the middle of the Syrian Civil War.
While in a coma, his mother who is overcome with grief, his girlfriend Salma, and sister Nada all visit him. Nada having returned from Beirut.
What this play portrayed was the dilemma that faces residents on whether they stay in Damascus or flee to another country.
Videos are also shown during the play which illustrate the anti Government demonstrations.
Words by Tony Polese