THE FREEDOM THEATRE, PALESTINE
ON TOUR - Across Palestine
Women from across Palestine take refuge in a holy place asking God and the citizens of the city to grant them asylum. They are running not from war, or famine or occupation but from men. Inspired by Aeschylus play The Suppliant Women the production is a juxtaposition of the original text, as well as powerful personal stories of harassment, fights to be educated, a choice in marriage and dreams of determining their own futures. Us Too is an urgent protest play performed by women across Palestine, demanding an equal future, today.
BY HASSAN ABDULRAZZAK
ON TOUR - THROUGHOUT 2018
ABU DHABI / PALESTINE / EYGPT / NORWAY / ZIMBABWE
Based on Ahmed Tobasi’s personal coming of age story, AND HERE I AM is an epic voyage of identity and self discovery. Combining fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy, spanning both the first Palestinian intifada and the second, we follow the protagonist through his transformation from armed resistance fighter to artist, his journey as a refugee in the West Bank to Norway and then back again.
AND HERE I AM
Directed by Jaime Villarreal this documentary follows actors and the team from The Freedom Theatre as they take their production The Siege to New York.
THE journey of the others
Created by Zoe Lafferty & Ahmed Tobasi
EMPIRE explores the circle of colonisation and conflict that has oppressed and occupied Palestinians for decades. In this solo tour-de-force actor Ahmed Tobasi aims to perform the political speeches that has shaped his life and the lives of generations of Palestinians before him. Beginning from the time of Napoleon, he tackles over 200 years of history getting to the heart of what has obsessed powerful men and sometimes women with this part of the world.
In this anarchic and provocative production we aim to enhance Tobasi’s unique physical performance style, with puppetry, recorded vocals, songs and an epic set design to bring to life in English, Arabic and Hebrew these historical moments.
I AM THE MONSTER
by Anders Lustgarten
Following the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was swamped by aid organisations, charities and volunteers, all ostensibly committed to helping this small nation recover. But five years on, they're still there - and the country's dispossesed, homeless and vulnerable are no better off. Aftershock explores how the only slave colony ever successfully to overthrow its rulers has now been colonised by insidious and cynical international enterprises.
Funded by: Arts Council, Old Vic New Voices