Saturday Oct. 23

For the event at 98 weeks Lawrence Abu Hamdan will direct and adapt for audio a theatrical reading of Mountain Language a short political play written by Harold Pinter in 1988. This play was written as an indictment against the bans and regulations enforced upon speech during Margaret Thatcher’s Britain but is relevant to any situation in which such a fundamental tool of political oppression is employed. As well as listening to the live performance of the play those in attendance will be able to select and listen to excerpts from the Aural Contract Audio Archive, a growing collection of recordings from trials, police interviews, performances, cinema etc. Both parts of this event invite an act of listening that intends to open a wider discussion around the politics of the voice and the ear in both the local context of Beirut and beyond.