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...
May 27, 2014

The Freedom Ride 2014 in a nutshell!

Chat with locals in the Jordan Valley
Chat with locals in the Jordan Valley

Recently we at The Freedom Theatre have been very busy with a number of exciting things - while our third year students graduated and are now spreading their wings, we are also very happy to share with you that we have welcomed a new class of 11 students to our theatre school!

One of the first highlights of the Freedom Ride was our graduates' final performance as students on our stage – under the headline “The Commands” each of our promising talents performed a scene written and conceptualized on their own. Our Freedom Riders were in love with people and culture even before we boarded the bus to set out on what can only be described as an epic journey. We strongly believe everyone should join this ride at least once in their life!

On a scenic route through the Jordan Valley the group was so taken by the beauty of the landscape that it was easy to forget that we were indeed moving through an area claimed by the occupation forces for military exercises. A number of stops were made to meet local Bedouins who are forced to live in caves and structures made of tin and wood and listen to their accounts of resistance and suffering but also hope – and last but not least to conduct briefings similar to a crash course in how to deal with soldiers of the occupation forces in case of encounters.

And before long we got the chance to apply that newly gained wisdom: we were stopped by a group of Israeli soldiers on the grounds that this was a closed military firing zone. It made us realize how different and complicated the reality is that Palestinians are forced to deal with in order to literally hold their ground. 

Improving a school building with a new concrete floor in a small Bedouin village (while againbeing stopped by the Israeli army), attending the weekly Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh and braving the fogs of teargas, witnessing an entire olive tree grove be destroyed by Israeli settlers and occupation forces, an abundance of interactive theatre and storytelling events - that and many other adventures followed. 

See our daily updated Freedom Bus blog diary to find out more about what happened during this year's Freedom Ride!

After two weeks the Freedom Ride had turned into a Freedom Family and parting ways was emotional, contact details were exchanged and pacts of future meetings sealed!

It is safe to say that this has been an experience that moved people closer, internationals and locals alike. No one will forget the Freedom Ride 2014 and even now, nearly two months later, we are proud to point out that the communication within the Freedom Family is well alive and kicking!

Olive tree planting
Olive tree planting
Building a school in Khirbet Samra
Building a school in Khirbet Samra
Strong bonds were forged between freedom riders
Strong bonds were forged between freedom riders
Interactive cultural events throughout the ride
Interactive cultural events throughout the ride
Equally strong bonds were created with locals
Equally strong bonds were created with locals

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Mar 6, 2014

10 Days counting down - The Freedom Ride 2014!!

The countdown is on - only 10 days left!
The countdown is on - only 10 days left!

In ten days from today we will be setting out on our March Freedom Ride 2014!! To join us from afar, connect with us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefreedombus) for daily updates on our progress and latest news!

To make sure that both volunteers and locals get the most out of this amazing endeavour, we have gone to visit some of the communities and created an itinerary for our two-week journey through occupied Palestine, which can be viewed on our website!

And having been lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the great things to come, I can assure you that if you are part of this year's group, you are in for a special treat. Different activities, walks through breathtaking landscapes, work with local communities and children, cultural events in the evenings that will make you want to never leave this country again…

It all adds up to a memorable and unique stay here in beautiful Palestine - and what better way to learn about the impacts of apartheid and occupation than to actively contribute to putting an end to them?

The souvenir you will take with you will be the smiles you are bound to put on children's faces, the unforgettable stories and fates shared during our playback theatre performances and the great new friends you will make for life.

Ready for it? We can't wait to welcome you here in the refugee camp of Jenin to prepare for what we already know will be an epic journey of discovery. Welcome onboard the Freedom Bus!

The Freedom Bus is still happy to welcome last-minute guests on board, and of course you can always be part through those vital donations which enable us to make a real difference to people's lives in the occupied territories of Palestine.

Ma’a salama from Jenin camp!

At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills
At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills
Dealing with the reality of occupation every day
Dealing with the reality of occupation every day
Feb 11, 2014

Welcome onboard The Freedom Bus 2014! Be our Valentine!

The Freedom Bus crew in action!
The Freedom Bus crew in action!

As-salam wa alaykum and hello from beautiful Jenin!

I hope this finds you well and the new year is still living up to all its promises!

It's an exciting time to be a supporter of the Freedom Bus: in little over one month, on the 17th of March, people from around the world and across occupied Palestine are setting out on what will be a historic Freedom Ride in the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills. The March Freedom Ride will include interactive cultural events, workshops and guided walks. In communities subjected to home demolitions and settler violence, we will also engage in reconstruction work and protective presence activity.

The central feature of the March Freedom Ride remains the use of Playback Theatre. A troupe of Palestinian actors and musicians will invite stories from the audience and transform each account into a piece of improvised theatre.  

 

See photos and read statements from previous FreedomRide participants here.

 

The Freedom Bus is still taking participants - if you are interested you can register here or alternatively contact our co-ordinator Mashhor Affaneh (mashhor@thefreedomtheatre.org) for further information. Trust us, you don't want to miss this ride!

If you are unable to attend in person but wish to boost your support for the Freedom Bus - just in time for Valentine's Day, on the 12th of February, GlobalGiving will double the love that is sent to us and match donations received on the date!

Valentine's Day would be even more filled with love by a donation in the name of that special someone, or why not your favorite human rights hero. Those Valentine's chocolates will taste even sweeter and those flowers smell even better when presented along with a GlobalGiving gift card for the Freedom Bus!

Spread the word - all love shared through a donation multiplies like light shining through facettes of a diamond - it will reach so many people in so many different ways!

For more details and updates throughout the upcoming Freedom Ride, check out The Freedom Bus Facebook profile or follow us on Twitter: #FreedomBusPal.

 

Thank you again for your support, it enables us to make a real difference. We hope to welcome you aboard the Freedom Bus this March!

 

Best wishes and a love-filled Valentine's Day to you!

 

The Freedom Theatre Team
Through the barricades... in Nablus
Through the barricades... in Nablus
"A deeply moving and eye-opening experience..."
"A deeply moving and eye-opening experience..."

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