The Trojan Women Project has been creating drama and advocacy projects for Syrian refugees since 2013. The programme directors with current and past participants discuss the therapeutic process of creating theatre and the power of sharing stories.

Essam Rabih, Sana’a Al Froukh, Charlotte Eagar, William Stirling

The Trojans based on the play by Euripides
Performance by Trojan Women Project, Glasgow
A new adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women performed by Syrian Refugees
Adapted by Mariem Omari, with Alaa Saloum and Sanaa Al Froukh and including original writing by the cast
Director: Victoria Beesley
Set and Costumes Design: Alisa Kalyanova
Lighting Design: Mark Doubleday
Sound Design: Danny Krass
Producers: Charlotte Eagar and William Stirling
Location filming shot and directed by: Charlotte Ginsborg
Original production presented by Trojan Women Scotland CIC with Platform Theatre and The Pleasance EICC
First performed in Glasgow, February 2019

Essam Rabih

Performer and Writer
Trojan Women Project, UK
Culture and Social Cohesion

Essam Rabih is from Damascus, Syria where he was a renowned exhibitions and events organiser, throughout the Middle East. He was Secretary of the regional office of the Arab Union for International Exhibitions and Conferences and a Founder Member for the Union for International Exhibitions and Conferences. Between 1996 and 2012, Rabih managed fifteen large scale festivals, exhibitions and conferences throughout the Middle East, including the Global Fair in Jordan which had one million visitors. The Arab Spring broke out while he was creating a large festival in Cairo, and he had to flee from Damascus with his family, first to Egypt and subsequently to Scotland where he works as a delivery driver. Rabih dreams of creating a major garden and food exhibition in Scotland, and has been active as a writer and performer in The Trojans.