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Now Is The Time To Say Nothing | Bristol Old Vic

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing
Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli

‘If you are thinking about someone and they don’t know it, do you think it still matters?’

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflict. The show is a provocation against armchair passivity.

Using stunning video and immersive sound, it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of the Syrian conflict on camera. We see what emerges when she is contacted by a group of teenagers from the UK who want to see beyond the footage they’ve watched on their TVs. Together they co-author an experience which attempts to connect a UK audience to the human story behind the news. 

Created over four years, following Reem into an exile which forces her to leave her camera behind, Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an intimate exploration of what it means to stay connected to each other and of what happens when war and the need for survival gets in the way.

A collaboration between Syrian film-maker Reem Karssli, a group of young Londoners and artist Caroline Williams. Video design by May Abdalla and Christina Hardinge. Sound design by Keir Vine, Tom Parkinson and Lewis Gibson. Originally produced by the Young Vic’s Taking Part.

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing returns to Bristol following an acclaimed presentation at Mayfest 2018 and prior to a national tour.

Produced by MAYK (


Ages 12+ (depictions of war)

Running time 1 hour

Earlier Event: September 7
We Are F*cked | Southbank Centre