Revel in the Arabic tradition of storytelling while enjoying a delicious meal.

!Book Tickets


11 – 21 Jan 2017

Preview: 11 January At 7pm
12, 13 & 15 January At 6.30pm
14 January At 1pm & 6.30pm
17, 19 & 20 January At 8.30pm
18 & 21 January At 1pm & 8.30pm
No Performances On Monday


Venue: El-Phoenician Restaurant
Private Dining Room
The Private Room On Church
320 Church Street
Parramatta 2150

Theatre Company: National Theatre Of Parramatta

Duration: 2 Hours, 40 Mins

Inspired by the ancient Arabic traditions of story-telling and breaking bread,Hakawaticelebrates food, music and the telling of tales during a series of balmy summer nights at Parramatta’s El-Phoenician restaurant.

Hakawati, an Arabic word, translates as ‘the teller of tales’ and was the major form of entertainment in many Arabic communities before television arrived. Hakawatis were also influential propagandists and problem-solvers.

At El-Phoenician their art is revived in an intimate setting as meaningful stories with universal wisdom are shared. Feast on tales of heroism, tragedy and comedy, derived from myth and told with a distinctly modern Western Sydney flavour.

Tickets include the following four-course meal:

Course 1 – (mezza) Yoghurt & chick pea dips & fresh/fried breads
Course 2 – (hot entrée) Falafel and lamb pastry (vegetarian option replaces lamb pastry with spinach & cheese pastry)
Course 3 – (main meal) Chicken skewers and potato coriander (vegetarian option includes green beans and potato coriander)
Course 4 – (dessert) Traditional Lebanese coffee and baklava

Wayne Harrison

Martin Kinnane

Dramaturg/cultural advisor
Aanisa Vylet

Olivia Rose
Dorjee Michael
Sal Sharah
Sandy Gore

Note: Latecomers will not be admitted.


Ticket Prices
Previews $65 (Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian)
Season $75 (Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian)

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