“I was in a bus, and riot police stopped us and asked if we are carrying teachers, I said: ‘No sir, just carrying knives and drugs.’” - Student Protestor
In 2016 thousands of Palestinian teachers went on strike, in a fight for their rights and dignity. What started as a few individual teachers in desperate financial circumstances, spread from city to city and then across the whole West Bank mobilising mass demonstrations involving teachers, students and supporters who flooded the streets. A vibrant movement of structured, non violent resistance was formed, becoming an example of how the power of people and unity can make change.
These protests sparked mass debate within the Palestinian community about the value of education to the society and the responsibility of a government to distribute resources fairly by honest, elected and accountable institutions without corruption, poor management and nepotism. The strikes were met with unprecedented repression by the Palestinian government, who tried to intercept teachers traveling to the protests and used violence and intimidation to suppress the movement.
We are applying for funding for research and development to investigate these true events and record first hand interviews and testimony with people involved and effected by the strike and protests. We will also lead workshops with teachers and students putting the community at the centre of the creative process and allowing them to inspire and lead how we will create this theatrical production. We also aspire to build bridges between artists and the community and exchange knowledge on theatre and activism, with the aim to articulate forgotten narratives that fight for justice.
This research and development period is the foundation for building a production that aims to bring together an experienced creative team to work in collaboration with the community to tell the story of how a popular movement, brought new hope to a society experiencing multiple oppressions.
And Here I Am
Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak / Produced by Developing Artists
Based on the actor 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 Tobasi through his transformation from armed resistance fighter to artist, and his journey as a refugee from the West Bank to Norway and back again.
This series of tragicomic episodes is vividly brought to life by award winning writer Hassan Abdlrazzak. transporting us to the heart of the hardships, struggles and contradictions of a young Palestinian man growing up under occupation and his pursuit for the true meaning of freedom.
So far the production has toured Palestine, Britain, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Norway and Zimbabwe.
The Time Is Now
The Time is Now is an exploration on how we can create theatre in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way. This ongoing conversation looks for answers in