September will be a very busy month for our Freedom Bus troupe! In just one week the play Our Sign is the Stone is about to embark on a tour of the West Bank. The play is a result of several personal stories and accounts about the realities of life under Israeli occupation that were documented during our March Freedom Bus Ride. The play was directed by renowned British directress Diane Travis, the first women to run the company at Britain’s Royal National Theatre, who will - in preparation for the touring of the play – run intensive training for the Freedom Bus troupe.
In addition, the troupe would like to invite you to join them during their 3-day Freedom Bus Solidarity stay in South Hebron hills and support local communities in their struggle to remain on community land. This three-day event will include mud-brick making, building work, discussions, storytelling for children, Playback Theatre, and traditional music.
In the last few months an in-depth evaluation of the Freedom Bus initiative was carried out among members of the local communities and the results have shown several positive effects that the Freedom Bus events have had. The supportive presence of non-locals helps the community to feel less isolated in their struggle against occupation and apartheid, while the presence of Palestinians from other parts of historic Palestine was viewed by locals as an affront to the deliberate geopolitical fragmentation imposed by Israel.
Besides, the Freedom Bus events were perceived as an opportunity for two-way exchange. Non-local participants learnt about life in various parts of the occupied West Bank, while participants from host communities appreciated the chance to learn about life in other parts of Palestine and abroad.
The Freedom Bus troupe and the communities we serve would like to thank you for your support! At the same time we would like to remind you that there are lots of exciting things happening in the next few months and we hope you will stay with us for the ride.