YOUR LOVE IS FIRE
In his play “Your Love is Fire“ the Syrian author Mudar Alhaggi deals with his personal experiences of the war in Syria, the loss of his home country and being exiled in Germany. The title is based on the song of the same name by Egyptian singer Abdelhalim Hafez. It stands for the era of Arabic pop music of the 60ies and the longing for seemingly safe times of the past. Neither hero nor victim story, it portrays the behaviour of those in present Syria – who wait silently – in a tragicomic manner. The play picks up on the ambivalence between the need for action and waiting, which shapes the life of many people who fled to Germany and Europe.
Hala tells Rand that she will leave Syria because of the war and flee to Germany. Rand is desperate. Because of her love affair with Khaldoun, who executes his military service as a soldier at the checkpoints of the Syrian regime army, she can’t leave Damaskus, nor does she want to.