Things I Am Not

I'm Not Into Politics

May 03, 2021 LegalAliens Theatre Season 1 Episode 9
Things I Am Not
I'm Not Into Politics
Show Notes Transcript

“I’m not into politics / naively I used to say / not realising that everything is political or - a better way to put it - politicised.”

Intense and personal, “I’m Not Into Politics” by Mai Weisz navigates an uneasy terrain of geopolitics and interpersonal relations. Shot through with love and fear, the monologue contends with divisions and the quest to overcome them in a world increasingly invested in labels and categorisation. As individuals, can we swap seemingly intractable opposition for an alternative, more liminal space full of possibilities? Could London be a place that makes that possible? 

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Written and performed by: Mai Weisz

Producing Artistic Director: Lara Parmiani

Concept: Emmanuela Lia

Director: Becka McFadden

Visual Art: Laura Rouzet

Website design: Daiva Dominyka

Social media: Catharina Conte

Original Music: Angelina Rud & Martin Bakero

I’m Not Into Politics 

by Mai Weisz 


3:25 am  I can’t sleep  so I write in bed imagining my life as a play  in my head my girlfriend is sleeping next to me  I hear voices thoughts are floating above my head all mixed with memories and recurring dreams 

if I was really writing a play  

I should probably write about a girl in the holocaust no?  

a girl in the holocaust suffering from trauma 

I should probably add something personal something relevant something about the  Israeli-Palestinian conflict  as any good and caring Israeli artist would do but I don’t think I want it to be political ‘I’m not into politics’ naively I used to say not realising that everything is political or a  better way to put it  politicised the air that I breath is politicised 

with global warming and cars pollution 

my childhood memories are politicised with national propaganda and religious conflicts I am politicised the way I walk the way I talk the way I brush my teeth the way I greet the neighbour my whole life and I’m starting to hate it a couple of weeks ago I met a girl from Gaza you are probably thinking how the hell is that possible? 

what? the fact that a girl from Israel met a girl from Gaza?  or the fact that they spoke?  

Well apparently in London everything is​ ​ possible and she was sitting there behind a stall  of the Palestinian Society dedicating her whole being to I quote  ‘a political cause’ when I found out that she was from Gaza my blood pressure increased followed by short breaths and I could feel my heart-beat so strong that  I thought it could have popped out  and started bouncing  independently please I would like to return this passport - 

 (strong Israeli accent) 

//why are you returning it? 

//did you find a better price available? Where? 

//not functioning properly?  

//efficiency or features are not adequate? 

//arrived damaged? 

//missed the estimated delivery date? 

//are there any missing parts or accessories? 

//the wrong item was sent? 

//arrived in addition to what was ordered? 

//no longer needed? 

//unauthorised purchase? 

//description not accurate? 

//I’m sorry you cannot return it

I decided to introduce myself despite the hypertension  in which I was in 

I felt a strong pull to talk to her  

I kind of mumbled at the beginning  I didn’t really know how to start  a conversation with her  without being weird or, god forbid,  oppressive 

I told her my name and ‘ I’ve heard you are from Gaza’ do you think I could have avoided saying where I am from?  

sooner or later  

she would have found out anyway  

so I just went straight to the point  ‘I’m from Israel and  I want to connect with you’ within a couple of seconds from a humble and friendly preface it was the encounter that turned rather ,god forbid, oppressive  

the girl was demandingly asking about my political affinities  ‘are you pro-Israel or pro-Palestine?  anti-zionist against the apartheid or for the occupation?’  basically she wanted to know if I was on her side and me surprised and  overwhelmed by her response  

but trying to be as  politically correct as possible and  avoiding any conflicts or  any labellings  I just said the old phrase  ‘oh I’m not into politics’  forgetting that  that’s  

on its own  is a political statement clearly she didn’t like it and  the rest is history 


4:00 am 

I can’t sleep she is in deep sleep facing this way we got together  nearly a year ago same old classic story  I fell in love during  an Arabic class  with an Italian girl that at first sight  

I thought was Palestinian 

an awful lot of sweat out of fear to say where I’m from  was wasted -  

//so you joined the LGBTQ+ community -  no 

I don't feel part of that community  so I cannot give myself this label -  //but you love a girl  which means you are a Lesbian -  no I always liked boys 

I still like boys and a girl -  //Ah so you are bisexual  no 

I like just one girl the rest are boys 

I don't think it counts I am still straight  loving one girl well it doesn't matter what gender she is 

I love her as a person - //are you experimenting?  

I'm not experimenting! 

it's true love 

why do you  have  

to  label everything?  Well anyway 

in London everything is possible

 In Arabic class we were always sitting next to each other an Israeli, an Italian and a German on the front row sounds like the beginning of a joke but this one is funnier because the Italian doesn’t really look  Italian 

and the German  doesn’t look  German 

and the Israeli well you get the idea and we were the only students talking and when I say talking I mean 

participating  the teacher asks a question and we are the only one answering 

the rest 

dead-quiet like fish in saltwater like fish  

in the dead-sea 

there are no fish in the dead-sea yeah?

if there were they would be dead  anyway  

before I even imagined that 

I’d fallen in-love with that non-looking  

Italian girl 

I was always making sure  the three of us are sitting together because then it would have been boring imagine just me on the front row facing our Lebanese teacher discussing all the israelis kha  Khummus Khamas Terror 

or exchanging recipes for Labneh  

// Labneh - a soft cheese made from drained yogurt, typical of Middle Eastern cuisine​ - by the end of that year 

I’d have ended up having more recipes than words so as you would 

expect from every  


new madly in love couple  we have these  

little lovely  

arguments  about human rights  terrorism politics  that often end up with  door slammings and  conversations hung up in the air  one evening  

we were sitting around the table  having a romantic dinner with candles and wine right after we came back from a conference  called  

understanding Khamas - 

// Khamas, rightly pronounced Hamas, but not to be confused with Hummus, is an acronym of arakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmiyyah (Islamic Resistance Movement),is a Palestinian Islamic Political Militant Movement, defacto governing authority of the Gaza strip since 2007 and which is dedicated to the establishment of an independent Islamic state in historical Palestine. you want some more rice? 


I… I personally don’t  

understand Hamas and 

I actually feel quite tantalised by this  

conference you know  to me Hamas will always be  

a terrorist organisation and - 

excuse me?! 

You (sound of hand slamming on a table)

You don't tell me what I can or cannot say! (footsteps walking away, door slams shut)


4:45am I can’t… (panting stops) I grew up in fear  

I was always told to be careful - fear is good for you no?  keeps you safe -  or  keeps the people who manipulate you  to stay in power.  I do have faith in people but I can also trust nobody 


I always wanted  

to do something  meaningful to make a difference  and to be known 

to matter  to a lot of people to be an idol so I came here  to London to idolondon where everyone meets where the impossible happens  I went to drama school another military training  just in the arts and now I’m out  supposed to be ready  maybe I ‘ve always been pretending  it’s so overwhelming  sometimes  I just want  the world to stop //Maia 

//come back 

//come back to yourself 

//come back 

//you lost a bit of direction 

//you need some time on your own 

//to see clearly what is around you 

//love made you  

//lose your way a little 

//the mind is blocked with  

//unnecessary information 

//the pressure to know  


//is it true that //you will be loved less  

//if you decide not to know? 

//or is it you that will love yourself less? 


it’s dark I can’t…I can’t open  

my eyes and my body  

I can’t move

I can’t move my body - 

//​dissolves in relaxation 

(Heavy rain starts)

//vast space and emptiness 

//sense of freedom 


//complete dissolution 

//absence of thoughts 

//of urges 

//of needs 

//of desires 

//and just for a moment  

//you become  


//the body is allowed to dissolve 

//you become  


//the mind has dissolved 

//the sense of personality has dissolved 

//into complete transparency 

//merging with pure freedom 

//with no borders 

//of the mind 

//of countries 

//they all dissolve 

//into eternity 

//pure existence 

(Rain stops/Panting starts) 

6:30 am I woke up before the alarm and my dreams made me feel a bit  sick in the stomach and the thoughts are burning  on  top of my head I’m tired but I am happy that I woke up with sunrise  right before she woke up the sky is so beautiful it’s turning peach pink and light blue like the color of the beach in Tel - Aviv at sunset with the sound of faraway car engines and the smell of cold wet cigarettes after a night 

full of murderous dreams and unnatural happenings that I can’t remember exactly  what they were