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The Fear of Breathing

Stories from the Syrian Revolution
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The Fear of Breathing by Ruth Sherlock

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As thousands have been tortured, jailed, maimed or killed by the Syrian regime, The Fear of Breathing is not only a new play based entirely on verbatim reports from inside Syria itself, but is also a hard-hitting evocation of a life or death fight for freedom, experienced from the inside. To uncover these personal stories from the uprising, award-winning journalists Paul Wood and Ruth Sherlock, together with theatre director Zoe Lafferty, travelled into Syria covertly, circumventing the ban on journalists and restrictions on movement for all non-Syrians. They spoke to protesters as well as citizens who love President Bashar al-Assad and are terrified of a future without him.

Author Biography

Ruth Sherlock has just been named 'Young Journalist of the Year' in the 2012 British Press Awards. She has been nominated for the prestigious Gaby Rado Memorial Award, given by Amnesty International for outstanding coverage of human rights. Paul Wood has covered a dozen wars in fifteen years as a BBC foreign correspondent. During the Syrian uprising, he was three times smuggled across the border and into the city of Homs and produced Homs - Journey into Hell for BBC's Panorama. Zoe Lafferty has worked as a director, assistant director and playwright for theatre in Afghanistan, the UK, New York, Palestine and Europe, and is an Associate Director of the Freedom Theatre Palestine.
Release date NZ
July 16th, 2012
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United Kingdom
Oberon Books Ltd
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