On Damascus: My Agitated and Restless City



Released as a contribution to a Villa Romana series of online essays .

bashar al assad, cityscape, damascus, memory

Mohammad Al Attar

Mohammad Al Attar was born in Damascus in 1980. He is a Syrian playwright and drama practitioner. At university, he completed a degree in literature, followed by a master’s degree in applied theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London. Today, he is considered an important chronicler of war-torn Syria and lives in Berlin.
The pieces A Chance Encounter (2013), Youssef Was Here (2013), Could You Please Look into the Camera? (2012), Online (2011), Look at the Streets… This is What Hope Looks Like (2011) and Withdrawal (2007) have been shown on various international stages and festivals. His play While I was Waiting, premiered at the Kunsten Festival, Brussels in 2016, and was selected for the official programme of the 70th edition of the Festival D’Avignon.

On Damascus: My Agitated and Restless City