gaza drama long term

GAZA DRAMA LONG TERM is a ten-year (2009-2019) cultural exchange partnership between Theatre for Everybody (Gaza) and Az Theatre (London)

You want to read the some of the documents relating to the creation of this project?

This is the story so far:

In 2009 we supported Theatre for Everybody’s production of Guernica by Arrabal.  It was presented at a theatre festival in Gaza.  This was the event we organised:

gaza-guernicawebA reading of Arrabal’s Guernica plus scenes from contemporary life in Gaza as written by Theatre for Everybody


Saturday 12 June 2010, 12.30 pm lunchtime
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

This extraordinary play about the Falangist/Luftwaffe bombing of the ancient Basque town during the Spanish Civil War, including its haunting images of Picasso’s painting and its tragic comic dialogue between a man and his wife who is stuck on the toilet during the bombing raid, was first produced in 1961.

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In 2009 we launched our Gaza: Breathing Space project. This project carried out in Gaza in 2010 involved Theatre for Everybody working with young people in need in two rehabilitation centres, Jabalya and Deir El Balah.  This is how we presented this project:

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GAZA: Breathing Space is Az Theatre’s next collaboration for the Gaza Drama Long Term project and it will take place during the Autumn of 2010.  Az Theatre’s ten-year project Gaza Drama aims to improve the lives of young people in Gaza and develop an international dialogue about the use of theatre and the impact of violence on future generations.

BE ONE OF 450

As one of 450, you will contribute to a  drama therapy programme in Gaza being carried out by a small theatre company ‘Theatre for Everybody’ in conjunction with community mental health organisations in Gaza.

This programme will last 8 weeks and will allow 40 young people to work through the suffering of their daily lives through theatre.

On Saturday 30th October 2010 we presented an event at Soho Theatre, London focused on the Gaza: Breathing Space project.

In November 2011 Jonathan Chadwick visited Gaza and this is the film he shot about life in Gaza at that time and the impact of the Gaza: Breathing Space project.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS FILM

In the autumn of 2011 and throughout 2012 Az Theatre and Theatre for Everybody worked to create a project that brought young people who were deaf or with impaired hearing together with young people who could hear.  This is the way we presented this project:

OPENING SIGNS web[2]Why not buy a ticket for a show you will never see?

Pay us what you would for a theatre ticket £5? £20? £45? and for eight weeks 20 young people in Gaza, deaf and hearing working together, will have a drama experience of a lifetime!

We need to raise £12,000 by finding 480 people who are willing to pay on average £25 towards our GAZA:OPENING SIGNS project

The GAZA OPENING SIGNS project is a programme of training and drama workshops for deaf and hearing children in Gaza run by Theatre for Everybody. They are training in signing and will train a deaf drama workshop facilitator especially for this work. The workshop programme will start in September 2012.

We created an exchange programme between the young people in Gaza and students at a College Park School in Westminster, London.

In 2013 Az Theatre and Theatre for Everybody started work on developing WAR & PEACE: GAZA (PALESTINE)/ LONDON (UK):

We launched this project at an event on Sunday 14th September 2014 at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London.

For a comprehensive illustrated report on War & Peace: Gaza (Palestine)/London (UK) up to May 2016 please CLICK HERE

Event programme: look at who was involved and read more about the event: ProgramVersion1JC2

We ran another event on Sunday 18th January 2015 at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London where we made a public reading of Jonathan Chadwick’s stage adaptation of RESURRECTION by Tolstoy and held a conversation via skype with Hossam Madhoun and Jamal Al Rozzi in Gaza.

Read more about this event

On 9th May 2015 Theatre for Everybody presented their workshop version of Tolstoy’s War & Peace at the Al Meshal Cultural Centre in Gaza City.

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photo: Hossam Madhoun as Pierre Besukhov, Naem Nasr as Narrator and Baha Elyazji as Andrei Bolkonski

Here is a review of the performance published in Al Watan

Here is a TV report from Russia Today

SIMULTANEOUS – WAR & PEACE – GAZA/LONDON

On Sunday 13th September 2015 Theatre for Everybody made another presentation of the workshop version of War and Peace at the same venue. This time the creative team of ten people had an audience of 190 people. At the same time in London an audience of 90 people watched a video of the first presentation and then there was a conversation between the two audiences in Gaza and London via live video link.

The International Performers Aid Trust provided £900 support for this second presentation.

A short film was made and networked internationally by Telesur about the preparation and performance of this second presentation. View this on Youtube

Here is the programme for SIMULTANEOUS – WAR & PEACE – GAZA/LONDON event on Sunday 13th September 2015 in London

Here is a photograph from the SIMULTANEOUS event showing the live video exchange on Sunday 13th September at Rich Mix, London and Al Meshal Cultural Centre in Gaza:IMG_2198

UNFORESEEN – WAR STORIES ENCORE – GAZA/LONDON

As a result of the presentations of the workshop production of War & Peace by Theatre for Everybody in Gaza many people, especially young people, approached the company asking to be involved in our project.

We sent the £1000 raised through the SIMULTANEOUS event to Theatre for Everybody to work with a group of young creatives in Gaza.

We called this work UNFORESEEN and we worked towards an event on January 24th 2016 when we presented the work and a video link-up between the audience in London with the young artists in Gaza.

In Gaza the work was undertaken as a collaboration between Theatre for Everybody and the activist journalism project We Are Not Numbers

Here is the programme for the UNFORESEEN event on Sunday 24th January 2016:

You can find out more about the young artists from Gaza and see their spoken word videos by visiting the Az Theatre blog.

You can see a video of the UNFORESEEN event on vimeo here: password is: Gaza2016