The Arab-Israeli Cookbook is a drama created from the everyday realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The project began when the Caird Company sent the writer Robin Soans and directors Rima Brihi and Tim Roseman to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank in 2003. There they sampled a variety of dishes in homes, restaurants, shops and cafes and met dozens of people with different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. Each person had a story to tell and a recipe to cook. Robin Soans has constructed a verbatim play from the words he collected. Arab and Israeli voices come together to bring insight and understanding to the melting pot of Middle Eastern affairs.
Plays by Robin Soans
Born in 1947, Robin Soans is an English actor and playwright, who specialises in verbatim theatre. His plays include: Across the Divide, A State Affair; The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, Talking to Terrorists, Life after Scandal, Bet Noir and Will and Testament.