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The Moving Theatre in association with Global Uncertainties presents the world premiere of

The Keepers of Infinite Space

by Omar El-Khairy with contributions from Caroline Rooney

[Image by Nidal El-Khairy: view full illustration]

The team behind 2012’s international ★ ★ ★ ★ hit The Fear of Breathing return with a hard-hitting examination of the Israeli prison system, one of the central issues in the ongoing search for peace.

“You’ve got to learn when to throw your punches – when they least expect it. There’s no use flailing in the dark. This is where battles are raged – and wars won.”


Saeed is a bookseller in Nablus. His father Khalil is a property developer. They’re just an ordinary family, quietly building a new Palestine. Until one day Saeed is arrested and thrown into gaol. As his future disappears, Saeed finds that the answer to his problems may lie in the past, and in the secrets his father has kept from him…

Since the Israeli occupation in 1967, Palestine has become a nation of prisons. Up to 40% of the male population have been detained under military orders. Virtually every family has seen at least one relative put behind bars, and entire generations have grown up facing the prospect of the cell.

With the release of political prisoners a key part of the current peace process, The Keepers of Infinite Space explores the dynamics of the Israeli prison system to reveal its fraught legacy for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Omar El-Khairy (Sour Lips, Ovalhouse) is the Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre. Zoe Lafferty (The Fear of Breathing, Finborough Theatre; Concrete Jungle, Riverside Studios; Gaza: Breathing Space, Soho Theatre and Sho Khman?, International Tour) is Associate Director of The Freedom Theatre Palestine and the Red Room. Caroline Rooney is a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow.

“Deft writing, powerful acting and a fantastic set combine to make this production brilliantly compelling” ★ ★ ★ ★ Everything Theatre












[Production photography by Richard Davenport]



Post Show Q & As

30th January – Q&A with The Keepers of Infinite Space creative team.
A chance to ask the team behind this new play about the creative process, their research in Palestine, and the real-life inspirations for the play.
Omar El-Khairy (writer; Resident Playwright, Bush Theatre)
Zoe Lafferty (director; Associate Director, Freedom Theatre Palestine)
Caroline Rooney (University of Kent)

6th February – Cultural Resistance.
A panel discussion on how art can respond to and challenge oppression.
Selma Dabbagh (Palestinian novelist and playwright)
Atef Alshaer (SOAS Research Fellow and translator)
Rana Baker (Palestinian citizen journalist)
Zoe Lafferty (Associate Director, Freedom Theatre Palestine)
Momin Swaitat (Actor, Freedom Theatre Palestine)

9th February – Prisoners and Human Rights.
A panel discussion on human rights issues in Israeli prisons.
Ghada Karmi (writer and activist)
Kiri Tunks (Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
William Parry (Medical Aid for Palestinians; film-maker)
Dimi Reider (journalist)