Michael Edwards and Carole Winter present the Traverse Theatre Company production Damascus.

Paul is here to sell English-language textbooks. It’s Valentine’s Day and he’d rather be at home with his wife. He begins negotiations with his Syrian contact, Muna. Can he seal the deal? Misunderstandings multiply until their presumptions about one another fall away and new possibilities emerge. Laughter, romance and tragedy meet in a new play by David Greig.

“A rich, subtle and compelling piece…a skilful examination of cross-cultural confusion. There’s simply too much to admire. Outstanding.” Evening Standard Feb 09 ★★★★★

Wise, funny and revealing, and enjoyably delivered……This is a rich, rewarding and thoughtful play…witty and profound.” Financial Times  Feb 2009

“A fascinating tragicomedy about Arab and western misunderstandings….This is a play of real intelligence” The Guardian  Feb 2009

“David Greig’s Damascus is a house and place of dreams” Whatsonstage Feb 2009

“Fascinating lines of conflict are laid…plenty of food for thought. Time Out Feb 09

“The rarest of things: a well-made and hugely entertaining contemporary comedy” The Scotsman

“Damascus confirms a dramatist’s blinding talent” Daily Telegraph

“David Greig’s on cracking form” Sunday Times

To read Guardian interview (Feb 09) with David Greig click here


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Michael Edwards and Carole Winter present the Traverse Theatre Company production


Written by David Greig

Directed by Philip Howard

Running Time: Approx 2hrs 30 mins, including 15 min interval