Boaz and George meet on Grindr. One is in Israel, the other in Lebanon. They’re horny but can’t meet physically. Something in their conversation excites them. The distance, the “enemy”, the foreignness, the experience of being gay in another culture. They both fill a void the other has, becoming each other’s secret love. As they decide to meet in Berlin, the border between the countries heats up, and they’re forced to make difficult decisions.
Inspired by a real encounter between the Israeli writer and a Lebanese man on Grindr, Borders is a story about two people, never meant to meet, who try to form an intimate relationship against all odds. Scripted very delicately with a touch of humour, it addresses the many complexities of the Middle East reality in which the geopolitical circumstances we are born into dictate the people we can connect with.
We are excited to be able to offer accessible performances of the show, thanks to funding from Arts Council England. We hope this would enable a wider audience from the community, including disabled, d/deaf people, people with caring responsibilities and people who speak English as a second language to join us. Captioned and relaxed performances available – see below.
Junction Theatre & Performance is a new theatre company established by Neta Gracewell, celebrating migrant artists and focusing on Middle Eastern voices, giving centre stage to those that rarely receive it. Borders הגדר ألسياج is the debut project of Junction Theatre.
Press & Reviews
West End Best Friend - 5 stars - "All aspects of the production from the writing, direction, design and performances are tender in their execution, creating great intimacy on stage between the two men”
London Theatre Reviews - 5 stars - "Original, heartfelt and darkly funny... The direction by Neta Gracewell and writing by Nimrod Danishman compliment each other perfectly"
Reviews Hub - 5 stars - “The chemistry between the two characters is electrifying”
Cast & Creative Team Boaz is played by YANIV YAFE
George is played by TARIK BADWAN
Director: NETA GRACEWELL
Writer: NIMROD DANISHMAN
Translator: ADI DRORI
Associate Producer and Stage Manager: MARIA MAJEWSKA
Set & Costume Design: ETHAN CHEEK
Composer & Sound Designer: BAR HAREL
Movement Director: ADI GORTLER
Lighting Design: CHENG KENG
Graphic Design: SHACHAR TZIN