THE FREEDOM THEATRE, PALESTINE
“It will be our biggest scandal yet, I hope" – Juliano Mer Khamis
In The Freedom Theatre’s version, Alice escapes a reality of poverty, oppression and conservatism where she is constrained to doing chores in the home. In Wonderland Alice meets magical creatures that mirror her personal life and experiences, forcing her to reflect on her identity. She struggles with who she is and what is “right” or “wrong”, “normal” or “abnormal”. Wonderland is such a strange, dangerous world – yet Alice realizes that the other world, which purports to be the real one, is the one where she is robbed of her freedom. As she journeys through Wonderland, she grows and learns how to make her own choices.
The illusionary characters in Wonderland reflect reality but at the same time turn it upside down. By doing so the performance shines a different spotlight on today’s Palestinian society. It is a subversive, radical, humorous, extravagant, larger-than-life production that manages to tackle issues such as the position of girls and women in the community, while simultaneously questioning many of the social restrictions that limit the roles available to both women and men.
Producer The Freedom Theatre
Director Juliano Mer Khmais and Zoe Lafferty
Set Designer Linn Reinius, Gunnar Bergsten
Lighting Designer Mohammed Saadi and Jacob Gough
Sound Technician Ahmad Matahen
Costume Designer Susan Kulkarni
Choreographer: Agnetha Jaunich
Composer: Rimon Haddad
Costume: Paulina Almeida, Anke Kalk
Cast Batool Taleb, Mom’in Switat, Eyad Hourani, Maryam Abu Khaled, Micaela Miranda, Rabe’a Turkman, Rami Hwayel,
Nabil Al Raee, Amani Khzamieh, Amjad Melhes, Motaz Melhees,