In a city at war, five young people count down the days before a boat sets sail for a safer place.  

From multiple-award winning playwright Samah Sabawi comes THEM — a compelling tale of survival, friendship, and the things we are willing to do to protect the ones we love.  

THEM tells the story of one young family as they face the decision whether to flee their war-torn city. Omar, Leila and their young child are counting down the days. Their friends enjoy fantasies of escape and the arrival of Omar’s sister brings a real chance to get out – but at what cost?  

Developed in consultation with people living in conflict zones and displaced by war, the play was first supported by Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric program before enjoying a sell-out extended season at La Mama in 2019. 

With unexpected tenderness, laughter, and song, THEM takes audiences into extraordinary circumstances to reveal our shared humanity in the ordinary moments that shape our lives.  

Winner of the Independent Theatre Award for Best Writing, Green Room Awards Nominee for Best Ensemble, Best Direction, and Best Production, Green Room Awards Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2020 (Drama) Shortlisted for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting, NSW Premier’s Literary Award Selected for the VCE Theatre Studies Playlist 2021.

“There is no amount of praise that is sufficient to heap on Samah Sabawi’s writing and Bagryana Popov’s directing […] Perhaps the most important piece of theatre you will see this year.” – 5 STARS, The Music  

Written by Samah Sabawi 

Directed by Bagryana Popov 

Performed by Osamah Sami, Taj Aldeeb, Claudia Greenstone, Mehran Tajbakhsh, Sahil Saluja and Nahed Elrayes 

Set and costume design by Lara Week 

Lighting design by Shane Grant 

Sound design by Elissa Goodrich  

Stage manager: Hayley Fox 

Prop maker: Lara Chamas 

Produced by Lara Week, La Mama Theatre, and Critical Stages Touring 

Image by Justyn Koh  

Originally produced by Lara Week and Samah Sabawi, in collaboration with La Mama Theatre. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. THEM is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.  

Bookings:

28 – 31 July: Arts Centre Melbourne


3 August: Riverlinks, Shepparton 


4 August: Riverlinks, Shepparton 


5 – 6 August: Bunjil Place, Narre Warren 


9 August: Capital Theatre, Bendigo 


12 – 13 August: Casula Powerhouse, Sydney  


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