Charlotte Bailey

Charlotte Bailey

Charlotte Bailey is a freelance journalist specialising in art and human rights. After working for BBC Global News for two years, she worked for the human rights organisation Global Witness and as a researcher in the International Development department at the London School of Economics.

Oh My Sweet Land

I am aware of a putrid smell walking backstage at the Young Vic to meet the director of ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ Amir Nizar Zuabi. It is, apparently, cooking onions mingling with fake blood – two props from two different shows.

‘Oh My Sweet Land’ is about one of the most brutal civil wars of this century, but it is the onions rather than the blood that feature in this piece. Here, horrors are recounted rather than performed. In this one-person play, a nameless woman (German-Syrian actor Corinne Jaber) prepares ‘Kubah,’ a traditional Syrian dish, live on stage, as she tells the stories of people she encountered while searching refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan – and finally Syria itself for the man she loves. The stories, gathered by Zuabi and Jaber themselves, are powerful and inevitably heart-breaking.

Red onion