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Friday 29 April, Saturday 30 April  & Sunday 1 May | Various times | Saltwell Park

The Land's Heart is Greater than its Map 

By Olivia Furber & Ramzi Maqdisi



An alternative guided tour that takes place within the streets of Gateshead and requires only comfortable shoes and an open imagination...

There is a far away city which cannot be named. Its people are silenced and its landscape is disappearing.

In this distant city, daily life is stranger than fiction: you can see the sea but are forbidden to touch it, being honest is illegal and those with ancestral connections to the city are forbidden to enter it.

Propelled by a need to tell the city’s story before it is forever forgotten, a resident records the stories behind his favourite places.


This alternative guided tour allows you to wander through the streets of his hometown. Your journey to this distant city will take place within the streets of Gateshead and requires only comfortable shoes and an open imagination.

An emotional, cartographic resistance piece which actively questions who has the right to claim the history of places and objects and how we can imaginatively salvage shrinking landscapes.

About Artists


Olivia Furber is a theatre director and writer working across theatre and installation; indoors, outdoors and in places you weren’t expecting to find her.

Ramzi Maqdisi is a Palestinian filmmaker, writer and actor. His work addresses the minute and everyday aspects of life under occupation



Presented in partnership with the Barbican.

London premiere commissioned by Shubbak Festival.

Developed with the support of The British Council, Hoch X, The Albany, Ensemble 52 and the Blast Theory Residency Programme. The artistic concept was initially conceived through a research workshop with Meta Theater, Villa Waldberta and IETM.




Ticket information and accessing
events in-person & online

This year's GIFT festival is taking place in Gateshead and online providing digital and in-person spaces for us to come together and experience work and participate in workshop activities.

Tickets are limited and Pay What You Decide

Recommended age rating: 14+

Duration: 1hr & 10 minutes

Meeting Location:

Little Theatre

1 Saltwell View


NE8 4JS 

The meeting location for The Land's Heart is Greater than its Map is at the Little Theatre, by Saltwell Park. You can view a google map here:

If you have access requests please email to discuss your requirements.

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