Now Is The Time To Say Nothing’ is a 45 min narrative sound and video installation commissioned by the Young Vic, and co-conceptualised by Caroline Williams, May Abdalla, Reem Karssli and myself, working with a group of young Londoners.
Using TV screens, wireless headphones and armchairs, the piece deals with themes of passivity, human connection and proximity in relation to the Syrian conflict.
Multiple narratives interweave to explore the experience of hearing about the humanitarian crisis in Syria from afar, how that changes for a group of young Londoners when they have direct communication with Syrian film-maker Reem Karssli, and what the first-hand thoughts and experiences of Reem herself are while living in Damascus with her family and establishing this new connection with London.
The piece was shown in at the Young Vic both in 2014 & 2015 and ran as part of the Forest Fringe programme in Edinburgh 2015.
“A simple but cunningly constructed and heartfelt piece that acknowledges the complexities of what is happening in Syria”
Direction: Caroline Williams
Sound Design: Keir Vine
Video/ Devising: May Abdalla
Film: Reem Karssli