Sahar Ali on her show, Saharcasm‘People in Ireland laugh and they joke about everything, no matter how serious it is. I think it’s a very Arab thing too’

As heard on arena

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A new one woman show called Saharcasm, has come to town and it draws on, software developer and poet, Sahar Ali’s own experiences of living in Ireland and travelling back to Saudi Arabia, the country of her birth. Sahar joined Seán Rocks on Arena to tell him where it all evolved from.

“I’m blogging for years but when I was abroad I started to look for that creative outlet that is very much lacking in Saudi Arabia and I started to document the culture shock that I was getting and a lot of it was very funny. So I just continued to just do that.  It was something that people started enjoying”

Sahar told Seán that she never set out to be sarcastic or funny for the things she discusses on stage. She said it was just something that slipped in along the way. Sahar explained that humour was her first language before anything else and with it being very much an Irish thing; it’s also a common trait amongst the Arabs.

“People in Ireland laugh and they joke about everything, no matter how serious it is. I think it’s a very Arab thing too. My first language was humour I guess before anything else.”

The show itself gives us a raw introduction to Sahar, her people, her background and how people perceive her because of her religion.

“I want to introduce you to the colour of my skin. Because it seems that, that hasn’t happened yet. It seems that after all these years of integration, emigration, anti-racism association, no one has told you. No one has told you that -no you can’t touch my hair.”

Saharcasm runs in Smock Alley this weekend and you get can the full details on fringefest.com

 

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