Theatre Mada Production presented by Theatre Passe Muraille

Suitcase/Adrenaline will be performed in Arabic with English subtitles.

Suitcase/Adrenaline consists of two one-act shows.

Suitcase حقيبة

How much of your life can you take with you? What are the most important things to carry on?
Suitcase, written by Ahmad Meree, is a year-long response to real life experiences as an artist immigrating from Syria. In this play we are asked to consider the lives of refugees and the series of liminal spaces they inhabit. It’s about belonging and possession and all the things that we leave behind.

حقيبة هي مسرحية كوميدية تراجيدية تروي حكاية الزوجين السوريين رزان و سامر اللذين يحاولان مغادرة بلدهما بصحبة حقيبتهما فيجدان نفسيهما في مكان ما ينتظران … أين هما؟ هل سيُسمح لهما بالعبور؟ ما الذي يستطيعان أخذه معهما؟ و ماذا نسيا أن يحزما في الحقيبة؟ 

Adrenaline أدرينالين

Adrenaline tells the story of Jaber, a Syrian man spending his first New Year’s Eve in Canada. Amongst  fireworks and loud cheers Jaber recalls how a short year before he was spending the holiday under very different kinds of explosions. The show asks audiences to consider what is more difficult: to stay in danger with your loved ones or to live alone in safety?

أدرينالين تروي حكاية جابر الشاب السوري الذي اضطرته ظروف الحرب في سوريا للّجوء إلى كندا. جابر يحاول الاحتفال بأول ليلة رأس السنة له في كندا بعيداً عن عائلته. كيف يحتفل جابر في الوقت الذي أهله وأقاربه ما زالوا في سوريا؟ ما هو الثمن الذي دفعه جابر مقابل الأمان الذي قدمه له وطنه الجديد كندا؟


Mainspace Theatre  |  16 Ryerson Ave.

Running Time:

120 minutes (with a 15 min intermission)

If you would like information on the topics or themes in our productions, or to determine the suggested age for attending a performance, please reach out to our Box Office staff at 416-504-7529 or by email.

January-February 2020



Ahmad Meree

Nada Abusaleh


Ahmad Meree


Written by Ahmad Meree

Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar

Relaxed Performance – Sat. Jan. 25 at 2:00pm

*Please Note, all performances will be captioned.

Ticket Prices

General Admission $38

Senior $33

Arts Worker $25

Under 30 $17

Theatre Mada is a collective of Arab theatre artists living in the Waterloo Region, including Nada Humsi, Ahmad Meree and Majdi Bou-Matar.

Mada means horizon in Arabic.