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"Has anyone ever told the truth? Has anyone ever demanded it? Does anyone want it? Does anyone even need it?"

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama, Comedy

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set, live goats in original production

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, Large Stage
In a small town in Syria, soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda.

As coffins pile up, a local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each son martyred.

Goats is a major work by Syrian playwright and documentary film-maker Liwaa Yazji, translated by Katharine Halls.

Developed as part of the Royal Court International Department's long-term project with writers from Syria and Lebanon, the play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, in November 2017, in a production directed by Hamish Pirie.


"Disturbing, bitterly funny and caustically angry... a painful and original piece about the terrible price of conflict and oppression."

 Financial Times

"Exposes the mixture of grotesquerie and cruelty that are aspects of civil war."

 The Guardian

"Compelling... a darkly humorous lens through which to examine the messy, multi-sided, multi-storied conflict that is the Syrian Civil War."

 Exeunt Magazine

Premiere Production: Royal Court Theatre, London, 2014.
  • Casting: 9M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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