They Say He Fell

 Photo by John Lauener. Cover photo by Nir Bareket. 

Photo by John Lauener. Cover photo by Nir Bareket. 

About the Show

What you leave out of the photograph is part of the composition.

A photographer, Nir, aged sixty-eight, navigates through the fragmented memories surrounding the death of his brother during the tumultuous and disputed repartition of British Palestine into the would-be state of Israel. Meditating on two family photographs, one as a complete family, and one taken shortly after his brother's death, Nir questions the futility of language and the parallels of photography and time in describing the events.

Creative Team

Written by Nir Bareket & Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Directed & Dramaturged by Jivesh Parasram

Performed by Steven Bush, Tom Arthur Davis, Virgilia Griffith, Maxine Heppner, En Lai Mah, & Christopher Stanton

Production Design by Cameron Davis
Puppet Design by Michelle Urbana
Sound Design by Jivesh Parasram
Stage Managed by Beth Wong
Technical Direction by Laura Warren
Assistant Direction by Stephanie Carpanini
Produced by Tom Arthur Davis & Jivesh Parasram


★★★★ "A moving drama... Remind[s] us that violence only begets violence and our acts will have repercussions for the very children we are trying to protect."
-Martin Morrow, Torontoist

"I was prepared to hate this show, to seethe through it, to bristle at old, racist stereotypes and hasbara. Much to my delight, the opposite happened... Through brilliant — and at times powerful — narration, extremely clever stage work, and creative use of film and photography, this cynical social justice killjoy (me) was very quickly softened and touched (and rendered weepy)."
-Jess Gillis, Mooney on Theatre

★★★★ "Beautiful and haunting."
-Drew Rowesome, My Gay Toronto

"Under Jivesh Parasram’s caring direction, the production is filled with emotion and some fine visuals that play with light and shadow... The text is full of memorable, thoughtful lines and imagery that draws on Abraham’s Biblical sacrifice, the photographic idea of aperture, the inability of words to fully convey feelings and a childhood scar that becomes representative of the current Israel’s divisions."
-Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

Production History

October, 2015 • In association with Cahoots Theatre Comapny• Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace • Toronto

March, 2015 • A workshop presentation in association with Canadian Stage • Berkeley Theatre Upstairs • Toronto


This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Stage (as their RBC Emerging Company in Residence), and Suitcase in Point Theatre Company (through the OAC Theatre Creators' Reserve).