Now Is The Time To Say Nothing

Thursday 11 April - Saturday 13 April

By Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive sound and video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflicts. The show is a provocation against armchair passivity for 14 people at a time.

Using stunning video and immersive sound, it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of the Syrian conflict on camera. We see what emerges when she is contacted by a group of teenagers from the UK who want to see beyond the footage they’ve watched on their TVs.

Together they made this experience which attempts to connect a UK audience to the human story behind the news. Created over four years, following Reem into an exile which forced her to leave her camera behind, Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an intimate exploration of what it means to stay connected to each other and of what happens when war and the need for survival gets in the way.


‘Exquisitely simple and moving. This is a cunningly constructed and heartfelt piece that acknowledges the complexities of what is happening in Syria, reminds how sitting in the dark watching a screen only distances us, and actively tries to bring us together to reach out to the real people, just like us, whose lives are blighted by war.’
– Lyn Gardner. The Guardian

Caroline Williams who created this show is also running workshops on the Dramaturgy of Reality, for more information click HERE.

She will also be part of the panel at the In Conversation event on Saturday 13 April at 11am.

Audience Comments

“Beautiful & powerful. Incredibly moving.”

“Really engrossing piece – manages to meditate of life, connection and relations in a manner, which despite its horrible background in reality, manages to be uplifting. Well done.”

“I found this experience incredibly eye opening and caused me to go through a journey of emotions. I loved the fact we felt involved and immersed in their stories and the fact it didn’t sugar coat (was honest and real) was perfect.”

“Absolutely incredible. Like nothing I have experienced before – one of the most innovative, important pieces of work I’ve seen. Has really inspired me to find out more and try and start conversations myself.”

“A very powerful piece of work that was emotional for me and will remain with me. It’s a shame it can’t be seen by everyone – it brings the reality of war in Syria and what it is like to live it, really close to home & into sharp focus.”

“Wow. I have never experienced theatre like that. But it wasn’t a performance. Really made me change the way I thought about the Syrian conflict.”

Here is the show programme for you to download.

This show was created by Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli with
Sound Artists – Keir Vine and Tom Parkinson
Video Artists – May Abdalla and Christina Hardinge
Associate Sound Design – Lewis Gibson
Production Manager – Andrew Crofts
Technical Stage Manager – Leon Cain

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Thursday 11 April @ 7pm & 9pm

Friday 12 April @ 1pm, 7pm & 9pm

Saturday 13 April @ 1pm, 4pm & 7pm

(duration 70 mins)

VENUE:  Quaker Meeting House

AGES: 12+ (contains depictions of war)

Trigger warnings – information on request.

JABBERBAR:    hot drinks, juice & snacks available.

TICKETS: £12 /£10 conc (£15 on the door) 

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Supported by:

and in support of Darlington Assistance for Refugees and of Safe Passage UK. Keep an eye out for more information about the group and how you can help appearing on this site.


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