Original title: 

“It’s not always children’s stories that happen to children.”

For as long as she can remember, Nour has lived with Youmna. Youmna is beautiful and gentle and good, and she smells like the wind. She's also deaf. But Youmna is not Nour's mother, even though Nour wants her to be. Nour’s journey begins without warning. By bus, by lorry, into the sound of gun-shots, through adolescence and across borders. To join the woman who bore her, in a new life faraway, in a better place for girls like her. All she can take with her is a little box and the memory of Youmna's loving hands.

"The little box is on the shelf.

She is allowed to look at it and to touch it.

I am not allowed to open it.

She is not allowed to open it.

I promised.

She promised."



“ A delicate and moving coming-of-age story”
Time Out
“An intricately woven and affectingly performed story about the pain of forced relocation and separation”
The Stage

“tender, humour-filled”

“A fleshed out narrative of sacrifice, womanhood and identity”
Theatre Full Stop

“A delicate study of human emotion and relationships”
Rewrite This Story

More Information: 

The play was translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith

The UK premiere on 3rd April 2019 at the Bush Theatre, London is directed by Omar Elerian and starrs Nadia Nadarajah and Charmaine Wombwell.