Borders הגדר ألسياج
Junction Theatre is proud to present our debut production - Borders!
Borders is a play about a Grindr encounter between two potential enemies, written by Nimrod Danishman.
Boaz and George meet on Grindr. One in Israel, the other in Lebanon. Though they can't hook up physically, something in their conversation excites them both. The distance, the “enemy”, the foreignness, the other's stories. They both fill a void in the other, fostering a secret love, but as their urge to meet increases, the border between the countries heats up.
Borders Hebrew production directed by Danishman himself was nominated for Israel Fringe Awards and toured the country. A critically acclaimed production of the English translation is produced by Dirty Laundry Theatre, New York. A German translation premiered at Mainfranken Theater Würzburg in 2021.
In her directorial debut, Neta Gracewell introduces this play to UK audiences.
Inspired by a real encounter, Borders brings an untold story that questions how the circumstances we're born into affect our ability to connect.
After its London premiere as part of VAULT Festival 2022 transfer season at Drayton Arms in February 2022, that saw SOLD OUT auditorium and rave 5 star reviews
Borders הגדר ألسياج is
GOING TO VAULT FESTIVAL 2023!
7-12 February 2023
The Crescent, The Vaults, Waterloo
London Theatre Reviews
The Reviews Hub
West End Best Friend
Theatre and Other Things
"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"
- West End Best Friend
“absorbing, insightful, dramatic and unique"
- Theatre and Other Things
"Original, heartfelt and darkly funny"
"The direction by Neta Gracewell and writing by Nimrod Danishman compliment each other perfectly"
- London Theatre Reviews
"As Borders completes its brisk running time, the production leaves us with two young men in whose lives we are completely invested. This charming, multi-layered story is one that deserves a longer run."
"the chemistry between the two characters is electrifying."
- The Reviews Hub
We're now working on taking Borders on a UK tour to introduce this beautiful, moving and important story to as many communities as possible.
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Every little helps!
Audience Praise for Borders ألسياج הגדר
“Very emotional and real”
“Authentic, genuine and very hot!”
“Great illustration of a cultural and social context not many people in the UK are familiar with”
“Memorable and heartfelt performance, well acted and executed”
“An emotional account of falling in love amidst politics, borders, violence”
“A deeper and more personal insight into life in the Middle East and how conflict impacts individuals”
“How lucky we are to live, be different and be open without punishment”
Behind the production is a migrant and queer led team that embodies crossing cultural and national borders in their very practice!
George was previously performed by Joseph Samimi & Karim Hadaya
Set & Costume Design:
Producer & Stage Manager: Maria Majeska
We would like to thank Shout Festival for generously supporting the first R&D of Borders.
Thank you to NDT Broadgate for enabling the creation of Borders and to Nouveau Riche who had also donated their space to us.
We'd also like to thank Migrants in Theatre and MENA ARTS UK for their creation of platforms that encourage and enable artists from marginalized backgrounds to keep creating, and their relentless work in advocating for better representation on UK stages.
Special thanks to Ron Chen-Tov, Alex Gomar, Joseph Samimi and Karim Motaz.
And finally, a huge thank you goes to our wonderful crowdfunder supporters:
Ron Tzin, Eilat Tzin, Ron Chen-Tov, Nitzan Chen-Tov, Iris Medina, Nushi Yafe, Idan Hod, Gila Hayat and everyone else who has so generously chipped in. We wouldn't have done it without you <3