The Mediterranean, 2017, rough seas...

           British playwright, Henry Naylor challenges preconceived notions of the Syrian refugee crisis and Western responses to it.

Directed by Michael Cabot

        borersss                                                                                                                                 Photo by Rosalind Furlong

Two artists from different worlds meet in an unlikely place: the middle of the Mediterranean Sea... 
Sebastian (played by Graham O'Mara) is a young English photo-journalist who travels to Syria to cover the refugee crisis. At the same time, an unnamed Syrian street artist (played by Avital Lvova) is forced to flee the Assad regime after a dramatic change in her life.  

Their stories may be different, but Naylor intertwines the two contrasting lives in the most heartbreaking and visceral ways, creating a beautifully relatable narrative.


November 15
at 20:30
Koninklijke Schouwburg -
The Hague
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November 16
at 20:30
Koninklijke Schouwburg -
The Hague
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November 17
at 20:30
Koninklijke Schouwburg -
The Hague
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Koninklijke Schouwburg - Paradijs
Korte Voorhout 3, 2511 CW The Hague

10 mins walk from The Hague Central Station 
Trams from Central Station: 9, 16 and 17 (stop Korte Voorhout)
By car: Parking Interparking Museum Quarter (entrance opposite Koninklijke Schouwburg)


70 minutes. No intermission.


Adults€ 24.50 
Children€ 11.00 
Students€ 11.00 
CJP members€ 11.00 

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by Rosalind FurlongNaylor is recognized as one of the best contemporary playwrights in the UK. In the past 3½ years, his plays have won, or been nominated for 32 international awards.

In 2002, Naylor visited the ruins of post-war Kabul, which changed the nature of his work. In recent years he wrote a sequence of plays about the West's interaction with the Middle East - or which Borders is one. Naylor brings a refreshing take on a complex and loaded political situation, yet does not compromise on the depths of his characters, and ferocity of his storytelling. Inspired by several interviews and meetings with refugees, Borders finds a way to magnify the Syrian crisis through an action-packed and profound hour of drama.

Since the premiere of Borders in 2017, the performance has won massive critical acclaim, winning an extraordinary 21 five and four-star reviews. (Photo on the left by Rosalind Furlong)


The Scotsman, ★★★★ Joyce MacMillan: "The quality of Naylor's writing is so vivid, and the show's twin performances by Avital Lvova and Graham O'Mara are so intense and perfectly-pitched, that Naylor's one-hour play seems to contain a whole passionate political disaster movie for our times "

The Times ★★★★ Ann Treneman: "This is a report that just happens to be on stage." Evening Standard, Ayesha Hazarika. "As we filed out in stunned silence wiping away the tears, it was a profound reminder of the power of art and culture."

Reviews Hub, ★★★★★ "if there are more powerful performances on the Fringe this year, they must be few in number."

Morning Star, Chris Bartter ★★★★★ "Another tour of the writer's Middle East series ... an exceptionally prescient dramatic depiction of a key political issue today ... Lvova and O'Mara are impressive"

Independent, David Pollock ★★★★ "Naylor's name on the Fringe."

Theater Extra, ★★★★★ "if I never see another decent show in Edinburgh this year it will have been worth spending 3 weeks here just to see this." The Guardian, One of the Top 5 Edinburgh 2017 shows (Mark Lawson)