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‘Why?’ - directed by Raeda Ghazaleh
The play tells the story of Ahmed, an ambitious
young man who travelled abroad to study,
graduated and came back home to his family. Later,
he discovers he is HIV positive. Ahmed lives
an internal conflict, in attempt to accept his disease
and live with it, and confront his family, friends and
the society. ‘Why’ production was funded by The
Palestinian Ministry of Health in cooperation with
The Palestinian Ministry of Culture.
‘The Changeling’ - directed by Britt Louise Tillbom and Jan Tiselius from Sweden
The play tells the story of a man and his wife who come
riding horses through the forest. On her arms, the wife
carries their little baby. At the same time a troll crone comes
walking through the forest with her little troll-baby, singing
and playing for the child and searching for food. By accident
the human baby and the troll baby are switched. The story
starts from this point forward. ‘The Changeling’ is based on
a Swedish fairy tale written more than 100 years ago by the
Swedish author and Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf.
Although it is a fairy tale, the play is a story of our time.
It shows that every child has the right to be well treated,
cared of and loved even if he or she is different.
‘The Christmas Present’
A new Christmas show directed to children and
family, which tells the story of three children writing
long lists of Christmas presents which they want to
buy for their parents on Christmas Eve. However,
they discover that those presents are too expensive
and they can’t afford to buy them. Therefore, they
decide to make a hand-made present for their
Al-Harah Theater Young Trainees
Al-Harah Theater young trainees created short theater presentations
during 2010; ‘Nightmare’ and ‘Walls’.
Both presentations were devised and performed by Al-Harah young
trainees (Al-Harah Gangs) addressing obstacles and difficulties
young people face. In ‘Nightmare’, the director used contact
improvisation and dance. In ‘Walls’, the young people used
documentary images about their city and their lives. Both pieces
were performed in three international festivals in the UK.
A third performance was created by a group of young people from
Dheisheh refugee camp, as part of a solidarity project organized
by Ashtar Theater, with the besieged Gaza Strip.
‘Gaza Monologues’ was produced in 30 countries by 50 different theater groups. The performance was pro-
duced by Al-Harah Theater in cooperation with Phoenix Center in Dheisheh refugee camp.