Sami’s lived in the camp so long he can barely remember his real home. He’s a bit of a dreamer, a bit of a clown. One night he wakes up at the end of his tether. There’s gotta be more to life than this. He stakes his dignity on learning the tuba, little knowing he’s set off down the path to his own funeral party…
Belvoir’s Artistic Director Eamon Flack brings all his trademark inventiveness and humour to this free-wheeling show, together with an ensemble cast of Belvoir favourites and fresh new talent and starring the astonishing Yalin Ozucelik. This is a mad-cap celebration of LIFE and the uncrushable desire to live it.
Looney Tunes meets Hamlet in a refugee camp – welcome to Sami in Paradise.
Supported by Nelson Meers Foundation
Content warning: This production contains suicide references that may be distressing for some audience members, smoking, a blackout and a gunshot effect.
Percussion Mahan Ghobadi
Strings Hamed Sadeghi
Based on The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman
Adapted by Eamon Flack & the company
Director Eamon Flack
Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Musical Direction, Sound Design & Composer (in collaboration with Mahan Ghobadi & Hamed Sadeghi) Jethro Woodward
Movement Director Nigel Poulton
Dialect Coach Amy Hume
Assistant Director Carissa Licciardello
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Brooke Kiss
Stage Management Secondment Katherine Moore
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Ozucelik gives the best performance of his career…This is a funny and highly entertaining production with a big sting in its tail.The Australian
Sami in Paradise is the kind of theatre you hope to find. It is smart but it has plenty of heart. It is about serious things, but it is full of absurdity and finds humour everywhere.Daily Review
Ozucelik again demonstrating why he’s one of the best comic actors in the country.Audrey Journal
A wonderfully written, thrillingly adapted satire filled with almost perfect performances.Lisa Thatcher
Sami in Paradise is a colossal, chaotic, anarchic carnival, a sprawling satire, a fabulous farce.Sydney Arts Guide
An effervescent carnival atmosphereSuzy Goes See