The Freedom Theatre

The Freedom Theatre is developing a vibrant and creative artistic community in the northern part of the West Bank. While emphasising professionalism and innovation, the aim of the theatre is also to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change. Through its work, The Freedom Theatre aims to: - Raise the quality of performing arts and cinema in the area. - Offer a space in which children and youth can act, create and express themselves freely, imagining new realities and challenging existing social and cultural barriers. - Empower the young generation to use the arts to promote positive change in their community. - B...
Dec 1, 2014

Thank you!

Jen Refugee Camp, view from The Freedom Theatre
Jen Refugee Camp, view from The Freedom Theatre

First of all, we would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donation through GlobalGiving to The Freedom Theatre's latest project, The Siege.

The Siege is our most ambitious production to date, which will not only tour the West Bank but be the first-ever time we perform in Britain. Your donation is an important part of making that happen!

Working with established journalist Ismael Jaberine we have now completed our research for the production, which has taken us to seven countries across Europe, meeting exiled Palestinians as well as many individuals in the West Bank and skype interviews to Gaza. The untold accounts from these people are truly astonishing and we are inspired and excited to move on to the next step of development and rehearsal!

Plans for the UK tour are going very well and we will perform in leading UK theatres including Nottingham Playhouse, The Tron, BAC, The Lowry and the Birmingham Rep as well as more local venues and Universities.

The tour will be organized by The Friends Of The Freedom Theatre UK, a network of over 300 people in Britain who are engaged in the theatre’s activities. 

We look forward to sending you the next update as well as a full schedule and dates for the UK Tour soon!

Thank you very much for your support.

 

Best Wishes,

The Team at The Freedom Theatre

 

Read more about The Siege

 

THE FREEDOM THEATRE

The Freedom Theatre is a community-based theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine. Convinced that the arts have a crucial role to play in building a free and healthy society, The Freedom Theatre offers a unique programme of activities in performing arts and multimedia, including acting, psychodrama, playback theatre, filmmaking, photography and creative writing. The theatre runs a three-year professional Theatre School, produces its own theatre plays, photography exhibitions, books and films.

Jenin Refugee Camp is among the most severely affected areas by decades of Israeli occupation and internal conflicts. Jenin camp is largely isolated – culturally, economically and politically. This sense of isolation runs deep within the camp and particularly affects the young generation. The Freedom Theatre plays an important role in strengthening resilience and contravening feelings of apathy and hopelessness by contributing to enriching cultural life in Jenin camp and its surroundings.  

Although The Freedom Theatre’s focus is on theatre and visual arts, we do not take a neutral position on the issue of Israeli apartheid, colonization, occupation and military rule. Nor do we turn a blind eye to the internal violation of human rights, particularly the rights of women and children.

For the oppressed, the arts have always been and will always be a powerful tool against the oppressors. For us Palestinians, artistic expression is an integrated part of our struggle for justice, equality and freedom.

One of the exiled fighters featured in the play
One of the exiled fighters featured in the play
The Freedom Theatre
The Freedom Theatre
Children waiting outside The Freedom Theatre
Children waiting outside The Freedom Theatre

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Nov 25, 2014

Join the next Freedom Ride!

The Freedom Bus will be more comfortable than this
The Freedom Bus will be more comfortable than this

Dear friend,

It's time for us to happily announce that the dates for the next Freedom Ride are set!

During March 19-30, 2015, people from across Palestine and the world will join communities in marginalized areas of the occupied West Bank, in a solidarity ride that will include volunteer work, guided walks, interactive workshops and cultural events. Through Playback Theatre, community members will share personal accounts about the realities of life and struggle in some of the most heavily targeted yet most resilient areas under occupation and oppression. 

The best part is, YOU can join this amazing adventure!

Through your support, you helped us realize the dream of carrying out freedom rides in occupied Palestine. In March next year, you can get on the Freedom Bus to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

See photos and read statements from previous participants on the Freedom Bus blog, where you will also find daily reports from the 2014 Freedom Ride. To register already now, there is a registration form available here

... and you will make friends for life!
... and you will make friends for life!

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Sep 25, 2014

The wheels are turning!...

March Freedom Ride event
March Freedom Ride event

March 2015 may seem to be a long way away, but rest assured the Freedom Bus team is keeping busy preparing for the next Freedom Ride! Dozens of potential freedom riders have already contacted us, wanting to express their interest in what has by now become an almost legendary tour to some of the key areas of the occupied West Bank. Do you want to join us? Sign up today!

Find out why you need to join the next Freedom Ride here and read daily updates from the previous ride on the blog.

If you follow the work of The Freedom Theatre you know that the Freedom Bus project has grown to become an integral part of the theatre's work. Throughout the year we organize Solidarity stays in vulnerable communities - one of those is coming up in Bil'in in mid-October, and last week we arranged a second playback theatre training for villagers in the small community of Atuwani. 

Speaking of Atuwani; we have a very special project coming up, which emanates from this extraordinary village. Following the success of Our Sign is the Stone, based on stories from the village Nabi Saleh, The Freedom Theatre returned to Area C this summer to document the life and resistance of people in Atuwani in the South Hebron Hills. After extensive research with community members, most notably the women who play a central role in Atuwani's struggle, a play is now being developed, Atuwani, which will open on October 14th.

Like other Palestinian communities in Area C, Atuwani is under full Israeli civil and military control. In contempt of international law, Israel has established a discriminatory system where Palestinians in this area are denied access to their land and water, as well as basic services such as housing, health care and education for their children, while facing constant harassment by Israeli settlers from the illegal colonies nearby.

The production involves the first-year Theatre School students in the devising process and as actors.

“To me this play is a perfect exercise in cultural resistance”, says Faisal Abu Alheja who is directing Atuwani. “We go to a community that is facing unimaginable pressure and harassment from settlers and army. Yet they have managed to stay together, to fight together. We collect their stories, analyze them, turn them into a play, and then our students tell the stories to other communities around the West Bank.”

Atuwani will tour to villages, towns and refugee camps, among them of course Atuwani. 

To read more about Atuwani and the other three - yes, three! - productions we have lined up this autumn, visit our website.

 

March Freedom Ride event
March Freedom Ride event

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