'You've got to learn when to throw your punches - when they least expect it. There's no use flailing in the dark. This is where battles are raged - and wars won.' Saeed is a bookseller in Nablus. His father Khalil is a property developer. They're just an ordinary family, quietly building a new Palestine. Until one day Saeed is arrested and thrown into gaol. Ashis future disappears, Saeed finds that the answer to his problems may lie in the past, and in the secrets his father has kept from him - Since the Israeli occupation in 1967, Palestine has become a nation of prisons. Up to 40% of the male population have been detained under military orders. Virtually every family has seen at least one relative put behind bars, and entire generations have grown up facing the prospect of the cell. With the release of political prisoners a key part of the current peace process, The Keepers of Infinite Space explores the dynamics of the Israeli prison system to reveal its fraught legacy for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Omar El-Khairy is the Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre and co-founder of the international theatre and film collective Paper Tiger. He is developing a new play A Soldier Dreams of White Tulips as part of Paper Tiger's residency as Associate Artists at Ovalhouse, where his first full length play Sour Lips recently premiered. Theatre includes Return to Sender (Orange Tree Theatre), Given the Times (Finborough Theatre), Polling Booth (Theatre503), Eyelids (Unicorn Theatre), Lovestrong (Lyric Hammersmith),Burst (Zoo Venues, Edinburgh Festival), Longitude (The Public Theatre, New York) and The Arc (Arcola Theatre). His short film No Exit is in production with Idioms Film in the West Bank, Palestine, and he is now developing his first feature-length screenplay, Sheikh. Omar holds a PhD in Political Sociology from the LSE.