In a small town in Syria, soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda. As the coffins pile up, the local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each son martyred.

Goats is a major new work by Syrian playwright and documentary filmmaker Liwaa Yazji exploring the lies we choose to believe as a society, and the rippling effect when one man questions the ‘truth’.

Ian Galloway designed video for the production, working with numerous cameras, overt and hidden, to recreate the feel of state-controlled information and TV throughout the piece. A live news crew was coached through rehearsals, a mock crowd added behind speaking actors, and a special wireless GoatCam built and attached to the collars of the titular goats.

Given that the equipment required was quite specialised, Mesmer built and supplied all camera and playback equipment on the show.

  • Director
  • Hamish Pirie
  • Production Designer
  • Rosie Elnile
  • Lighting Designer
  • Muaz Al Jubeh
  • Sound Designer
  • Tom Gibbons
  • Location
  • Royal Court Theatre, London, 2018
Yazji says that Goats is a 'Syrian take on fake news', it's brought to life on stage with the unreal quality of a video-game: exaggerated sentimentality, humour and anger play out in a pop-world setting.
Lucy Brooks - Culture Whisper
Fake news permeates the whole production like hyperchromatic cloud infecting everyone who breathes it.
Exeunt Magazine