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  • Graduation of first Psychodrama students with international certificate | The Freedom Theatre
    the first long term psychodrama training program to be offered in the West Bank of occupied Palestine Program participants included 13 mental health workers from various organizations including YMCA Ministry of Education Arab American School and the Women s Cultural and Heritage Association The program was led by Ben Rivers an international trainer and Registered Drama Therapist from Australia Psychodrama practitioners from Switzerland Italy and the USA also provided training to program participants The Therapeutic Spiral Institute will award graduates of the program with an International Certification in Trauma Therapy using the Therapeutic Spiral Model The graduation ceremony will take place on July 7 at 10am 12noon at North Gate Hotel Jenin Journalists and reporters are welcome to attend Please contact info thefreedomtheatre org for directions or call 972 0 4250345 Over the past 1 5 years the graduates of this program have engaged in a profound journey of self discovery and professional development They have worked deeply to recognize and develop their unique strengths and resources whilst simultaneously addressing their own histories of hardship and oppression Through many hours of study and practice these graduates have also developed their skills and knowledge in trauma healing and psychotherapy The graduates

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  • Fundraising challenge! | The Freedom Theatre
    DONATE FRIENDS SUPPORTERS France Germany Portugal Scotland Sweden UK USA Supporters عربي Home News Fundraising challenge Fundraising challenge Throughout September you have an excellent opportunity to join us in generating cultural resistance in Palestine and supporting our project the Freedom Bus GlobalGiving launches its first ever Fundraiser Campaign designed for supporters who create fundraiser pages to raise money on behalf of projects such as the Freedom Bus You could set up a fundraising page to commemorate your birthday your wedding the marathon you re about to run to remember a loved one or for any other reason you can think of The best part is it s easy and if you can get at least 10 people to donate 500 during this month we ll get another 50 for free Set up your own fundraising campaign by using Global Giving s step by step guide Our project page on Global Giving The Freedom Bus Community Theatre 10060 Let s set our aim at 10 people successfully raising 500 each that will secure enough funding for the 2014 March Freedom Ride 2013 09 01 Johanna Share tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Name Email

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  • Hakawaty – Storytelling | The Freedom Theatre
    Hakawaty Storytelling Hakawaty Storytelling The Freedom Theatre presents a Hakawaty Performance The Spider and the Donkey s Rain Song Sunday September 1st 4pm The story is about a small donkey who becomes a hero when he overcomes his shyness and ends a drought impacting his village with his rain song Presenter Fidaa Ataya and her hakawaty group consisting of children from Jenin Refugee Camp 2013 08 28 Johanna Share tweet

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  • The Island on US tour | The Freedom Theatre
    refugee camp during the winter and spring It is set in a prison and revolves around two cellmates one who is soon to be released while the other is serving a life sentence They spend their days at mind numbing physical labour and at night rehearse for a performance of Sophocles Antigon e Antigone who defies the laws of the state to follow her conscience and her uncle who sentences her to die for her crime Is Antigone guilty Who decides The Freedom Theatre adapted the original South African play to reflect experience of Palestinian political prisoners within Israeli prisons The ensemble then re adapted the play into English to be performed in the US in September Performances Nafe Katter Theatre of Connecticut Repertory Theatre University of Connecticut 802 Bolton Rd Storrs CT September 6 at 7 pm September 7 at 2 pm and 7 pm For tickets call 860 486 2113 Granoff Center for the Creative Arts Studio 1 Brown University 154 Angell St Providence RI September 11 at 7 pm Book tickets here Devine Studio Theatre Davis Performing Arts Center Georgetown University 37th and O St NW Washington DC September 16 and 17 at 7 30 pm For tickets contact performingarts georgetown edu New York Theatre Workshop 4th Street Theatre 83 E 4th St New York N Y September 25 26 and 27 at 7 pm September 28 at 2 pm Note the September 28 performance will be in Arabic For tickets contact friends thefreedomtheatre org Read more about our version of The Island here The Island is supported by Sida as part of the PAN program and the Swedish Postcode Lottery The US tour is arranged by the US Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc New York City

    Original URL path: http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/news/the-island-on-us-tour/ (2016-02-17)
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  • News | The Freedom Theatre | Page 45
    7 3 pm Brothers and Sisters of the Land I go now on my last journey I must leave the light of day forever for the Island strange and cold to be lost between Read More Core Training in Playback Theatre with Jo Salas 17 January 2013 In this four day intensive workshop you will learn and practice the basic elements of Playback Theatre through the sharing and enactment of participant stories Various Playback forms will be taught including Fluid Sculptures Pairs Scenes and more In an environment of playfulness spontaneity and camaraderie each student will have a chance to experience the roles of Conductor Musician and Actor Read More The Caretaker at Al Kasaba 1 January 2013 We start the New Year off by announcing that our talented Acting School students will perform The Caretaker at Al Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah on January 17 at 7 pm A stranger is brought home by Aston His room seems familiar but is disconnected from the world The balance of power shifts between them and Aston s brother Mick as the Read More Foundations of Playback Theatre in Egypt 29 December 2012 PLAYBACK THEATRE is an interactive theatre approach used in over 50 countries as a tool for community building trauma response and cultural activism In a Playback event audience members share personal stories and watch as a team of actors and musicians transform these accounts into improvised theatre pieces Playback Theatre responds to the fundamental need to share one s story and Read More Solidarity stay in the Jordan Valley 27 December 2012 Join with the people of Fasay il al Fauqa and Fasay il al Wusta in their struggle to remain on community land This solidarity stay will include building work interactive discussions Playback Theatre and traditional music Join us

    Original URL path: http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/category/news/page/45/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Walk for Water Justice! | The Freedom Theatre
    of Dub Key Zajaal poet Abu Naji and dance troupes from Nabi Saleh and the South Hebron Hills will also perform Night Option of overnight stay in Fasay il al Fauqa SIGN UP If you wish to join this event please contact Alia Alrosan alia thefreedomtheatre org by March 15th This will help with transport food and other logistical planning TRANSPORT From Ramallah A chartered bus will be leaving at 8am From Nablus A chartered bus will be leaving at 8 30am Seats are limited so please book in advance Contact Alia Alrosan for more details alia thefreedomtheatre org or 0599 304523 DIRECTIONS For driving directions please contact Rashed Khudiri 0592 391201 WHAT TO BRING Driking water Sun hat Strong walking shoes Sleeping bag or bedding if planning an overnight stay NIGHT ACCOMMODATION We will be staying in communal spaces in the form of large tents or other simple structures Internet and showering facilities will not be available We will be using temporary outdoor toilets Mattresses and some bedding will be provided ORGANIZERS The Freedom Theatre s Freedom Bus Jordan Valley Solidarity Campaign Thirsting for Justice Campaign CONTACT Contact Person Alia Alrosan Email alia thefreedomtheatre org Phone 0599 304523 MARCH FREEDOM RIDE The Walk for Water Justice will occur as part of the March Freedom Ride Over a period of 13 days people from across Palestine and abroad will join Palestinian farmers and herders at risk of forced displacement from lands they have inhabited for generations In particular the March Freedom Ride will include building and reconstruction work protective presence activity guided walks home stays interactive workshops educational talks and cultural events Through Playback Theatre residents of the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills will also share personal accounts about the realities of life and struggle under Israeli occupation The

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  • Stories by firelight | The Freedom Theatre
    start letting cars through They peer at us suspicious but let us go Abu Naji and Adnan in the front seat are on their cell phones trying to find the village where we are heading The instructions lead us onto a small side road and then into a field We follow a long stony track driving very slowly Up in the crook of the hills we find the village and our friends A gaggle of excited children surround Fidaa a storyteller from the Freedom Theatre who has been telling stories and playing with them since the team arrived earlier in the day They chant together the children know long verses by heart They leave for school at 5 30 each morning walking a long distance to the bus the village is not permitted to build their own school I sit on a bench that someone has dragged down to the Doma tree and after a while the children come and join me One tiny child snuggles close and holds my hand gazing up at me with solemn eyes The others are shrieking apparently convinced that if they raise their voices I ll understand Arabic We get as far as exchanging names and the number of siblings we each have They have many seven eight nine I talk with two men who are part of a solidarity organization in a nearby town One of them a lawyer tells me that when he was seventeen during the first intifada he was imprisoned for 28 months for throwing a stone They counted us many times a day he says They would wake us up at two o clock in the morning to count us A few days ago I finished teaching a Playback Theatre workshop in which the Freedom Bus performers took part and we are happy to see each other again I watch them preparing to perform in the dark in the dirt in this rather chaotic atmosphere and I marvel at their dedication and good humor They are fueled by their passion for resistance and justice As Palestinians they live every day with the humiliations and deprivations of the occupation They are committed to reaching out to the people of this valley who are victimized perhaps the most of all the poorest of the poor invisible even to many other Palestinians voiceless and powerless but unshakably determined to stay on their land The performance begins Abu Naji steps out and sings his welcome I do not understand the words but his expansive gestures and full throated voice invite us all to listen to embrace this moment together The conductor speaks to the audience this odd assembly of villagers and their children local Palestinian activists dreadlocked young Europeans and Americans the Freedom Bus team and a few other visitors like myself A man from the village expresses bemusement when Dabdoub the conductor asks everyone how they are doing It s very strange that you re here with us who have nothing The

    Original URL path: http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/news/stories-by-firelight/ (2016-02-17)
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  • The Island opening on March 7 | The Freedom Theatre
    reflects the experiences of Palestinian political prisoners and the abuses within the Israeli prison system The play also highlights the parallels between apartheid South Africa and Palestine today The separation the denial of basic human and political rights the discrimination and oppression that is evident in countless aspects of daily life The Island is directed by The Freedom Theatre s Artistic Director Gary M English who is also a Professor of Drama at the University of Connecticut in the United States The Island is political drama at its best with political ideas embedded within the characters and their experience It is universal in its themes including the tragedy of those who anyway in the world are unjustly imprisoned for purely political reasons beliefs or for simply speaking out against injustice This play sends a strong message to the outside world More or less the whole world was against apartheid in South Africa yet it s still happening today here in Palestine says Faisal Abu Alheja resident actor at The Freedom Theatre who plays the character Mukhtar To Faisal The Island is essentially about cultural resistance The prisoners are in a miserable situation they are exhausted from hard labour but still they spend their free time rehearsing Antigone They want to make a play an art festival even because it s important for the other prisoners who represent everyone in Palestine because we are all prisoners under the Israeli apartheid system This is what we do here in The Freedom Theatre This gives us meaning Despite the situation we are thirsty and this is the water to keep our souls our minds alive says Faisal Israel wants us to give up to die but we want to keep ourselves alive This is a big message for our cultural identity our human

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