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About Justin and Ahmed

Justin Butcher and Ahmed Masoud collaborated on the acclaimed and controversial play "Go To Gaza, Drink The Sea", staged first, within weeks of the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2009, at Theatro Technis, London. They also collaborated. for BBC Radio 4 and broadcast in January 2011, on "Escape From Gaza" - a dramatisation of Ahmed’s perilous journey into Gaza later that year.

Ahmed is also artistic director of Palestinian dabke dance company Al-Zaytouna and his novel, Gaza Days, recently won the Muslim Writers’ Award.

Justin Butcher’s many plays include the award-winning anti-war satire The Madness Of George Dubya and the world-famous hit Scaramouche Jones, originally starring BAFTA award-winning actor Pete Postlethwaite and directed by Rupert Goold.


"A deeply felt, humane and vividly expressive reaction to the current crisis." 

(Michael Billington, The Guardian) 

“One of the most honest performances I have seen for some time.” 

(Sarah Chew,

“A harrowing journey into a very modern heart of darkness and a moving celebration of the human spirit.”(Jonathan Lovett, The Stage)

The Borrowed Village script by award-winning writers/artists Justin Butcher and Ahmed Masoud and funded by Deir Yassin Remembered, is based on the true story of a British artist/activist incarcerated in Kfar Shaul Psychiatric Hospital, once the village of Deir Yassin.

There, haunted by a series of dream encounters with characters from the past, and reminders of her own country's responsibilities, she is compelled to choose between bearing witness to the truth and reclaiming her sanity.

Award-winning film-director and screenwriter Ben Hopkins writes:
"VILLAGE is very good indeed ... a very strong work, and contains some really wonderful scenes of great cut-and-thrust dialogue. Will doubtlessly stir up debate/controversy, and my congratulations and all my wishes for success with it."


Ahmed Masoud


Justin Butcher