Another Lover's Discourse by Riham Isaac
Theatre & Dance
UK & Ireland Premiere

Commissioned by Belfast International Arts Festival, Another Lover’s Discourse ليه خلتني احبك is a solo theatre show created and performed by Riham Isaac that encourages a more open conversation about how we understand romantic relationships. 

3 years ago, Riham embarked on a journey to explore what it means to love; what ideas do we have about it and what is holding her back from it?

Another Lover’s Discourse ليه خلّتني أحبك is Riham’s first solo performance created and performed by her. She mashes up interviews with friends, family and strangers, combining video, music, performance, and original film to explore the complexity of love and relationships.

This inventive new multimedia performance, from one of Palestine’s most exciting contemporary artists, invites you to think differently about love; to shake off stereotypes, free yourself from old traditions and think about what you actually want.

This irreverent look at romance will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered: is this really all there is?

Age guidance: 14 Yrs + (contains adult themes and strong language)

Concession rates apply to those aged 16 and under, over 60s, students, the unemployed, and disabled persons. Proof of status may be required.
If you require assistance to enable your visit to the event, a complimentary ticket for a carer/companion is available. Please contact Box Office at the MAC by emailing

Unreserved seating – Upstairs Theatre at the MAC

Post Show Discussion on Saturday 22 October after 7pm show


Commissioned by Belfast International Arts Festival, supported by British Council.

With funding from the Palestinian Cultural Ministry and public funding through the National Lottery by Wales Arts International and Arts Council England.

Supported by Alkasaba Theatre and Cinématique and Palestinian National Theatre.

Special thanks to AWAN, Cultures of Resistance, Popular Art Centre & Amber Massie-Blomfield.

Creative Team

  • Riham Isaac: Writer, Director and Performer
  • Simon Clode: Video Artist
  • Faris Ishaq: Composer and Musician
  • Bashar Hassuneh: Set Designer
  • Hind Hilal & Aya Altaweel: Costume Designer
  • Firas Abu Sabbah: Lighting Designer and Technical Stage Manager
  • Courtenay Johnson: Creative Producer (in collaboration with Riham Isaac)

A wonderful work. Funny and touching and with some real surprises - not least the singing! Riham Isaac explores the expectations of marriage and romance and the dreams that hover beyond them.

Danny Boyle

Isaac's theatrical work is entertaining, humorous and takes audiences on a journey. Her work raises awareness, encourages debate, and tackles issues of social injustice.

Aser Elsaqqa, Artistic Director AWAN Festival

It was a journey into myself, remembering the many attempts to fit in and find romantic, idealised love. Thank you for taking us to that place! I loved the mixed media you used, especially the conversation with your mother!

Audience feedback at Work in Progress sharing