The European Hare
By Sami Ibrahim
‘If I told you that hares can speak you wouldn’t believe me. But they do. This one does. Its mouth all vipers. It speaks. In its own language. And it says: Tell your husband, the one who hunts us, who hounds us, tell him to fuck off.’
Somewhere in Norfolk, a family is under attack – from luxury houses to the south, to the hares in the underground, to the land beneath it. As earthquakes strike, the hares plot a revolution to overthrow the humans. All the while, the humans argue over their own petty relationships: who should stay, who should go, and whether this old house on an old patch of land deserves to stay standing.
Sami is a young writer from London. His play TWO PALESTINIANS GO DOGGING recently won Theatre Uncut’s 2019 Political Playwriting Award and is featured in the Royal Court’s 2019/2020 season. Before that, his play WIND BIT BITTER, BIT BIT BIT HER had a run at VAULT Festival 2018 – after it was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award and longlisted for Bruntwood Prize 2017. He has had short plays performed at The Bunker (Pint Sized’s October Fest 2018), as well as Southwark Playhouse (Little Pieces of Gold, 2018), The Yard (First Drafts 2017), and the Brockley Jack (Write Now 7, 2016). This year, he was commissioned by Oxford School of Drama to write WONDER WINTERLAND – a ﬁnal piece for third year students, performed at Soho Theatre. He is currently a writer-in-residence at Shakespeare’s Globe and has been on attachment at the National Theatre Studio and Theatr Clwyd.