In 1948 Palestine, a series of personal stories unfold as war changes generations of villagers’ work.
I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother is set in January 1948, Palestine. War begins and the villagers mourn the loss of the land they have worked for generations as unimaginable changes take place around them.
Ali has a burning passion for Nada, but he is in despair. Her father won’t let them marry. Yusuf, Ali’s disabled brother, sees the unfolding events from his own eccentric, child-like point of view. Rufus, a soldier on the occupying British forces, longs for the cold fogs of Sheffield.
I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother is a powerful and poetic exploration of history, memory and different forms of love.
Amir Nizar Zuabi, the Palestinian playwright who wrote I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother, is the Young Vic International Associate whose Alive From Palestine was seen at the Young Vic in 2002.
Shiber-Hur, which translates as Within An Inch Of Freedom, is an emerging theatre company based in Haifa, comprising of Palestinian and Israeli actors, which aims to create theatre that crosses boundaries of culture, language and geography.
I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother opened in Haifa on 24 September.
For more about I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother at the Young Vic, read the First Night Feature.