Judges Vote Hayaati as Best Production
Short+Sweet Sydney – Week 6 at the King St Theatre
– Eliza St John and Luke Berman
Dania Nour’s drama Hayaati (My Life) performed to Short+Sweet’s first sell-out season of 2013 at Sydney’s King Street Theatre in Newtown last week. Throughout the five performances, judges and audience voted for their favourite plays of the week, with Hayaati finishing the week fourth in Audience Votes and being awarded Judges Choice, first with 10 votes. This sees Hayaati advance to the high profile Gala Final at the Everest Theatre at Sydney’s Seymour Centre March 22-23.
September 15th 2012: An American film ‘Innocence of Muslims’, that portrayed the prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and paedophile triggered angry protests in the Sydney CBD. In turn this triggered abusive and threatening comments through social media, which saw the creation of Facebook pages that were clearly ‘against muslims’ and ‘against the Hijab’ getting much attention and praise. Hayaati is the story of two people affected.
“Hayaati focused our attention on bullying, bigotry and racism and how we are all simply different edges of the same coin (50 cents in Australia).
“This was a very worthy subject and obviously Dania was ‘writing about what she knew about’”
– Allan Chapple, Sydney Arts Guide