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Theater of Resistance

Theater of resistance Al-Harah Theater

Andy Hickson asks Marina Barham, General Director of Al-Harah Theater/Palestine about theatre and empowerment.

I started working in theatre in 1996, says Marina. At that time we believed that theatre is a power- ful tool for creating change in the community. We believed that this art is a way to criticize our society and a way to make people aware of the problems they have in their lives.

Doing theatre in general in any community is hard and faces many challenges, but doing theatre in Palestine is even more difficult. Al-Harah Theater has worked under difficult financial and political constraints since the beginning. We continued to challenge all tensions and odds through building a very strong relationship with the community first, with the local civil society organizations and by developing connections and collaborations with international organizations.

The work of this theatre was based on a belief in cultural devel- opment through theatre and arts.

Facing the most difficult political situations like war and the con- tinuous instability in the region made AL-Harah Theater stronger as a creator of positive change in their community. Locally and in- ternationally Al-Harah Theater has managed to become more visible as a cultural organization assisting in building and maintaining a civil society that emphasizes human

rights, democracy and pluralism.

Working in the community using theatrehas been an empower- ing experience for me personally because it gave me the space and tool to express my anger and my feelings of resentment towards many issues in a positive way through the productions that we present on stage and also through the work we do with young peo- ple and the impact it has on their lives.

Training Palestinian young people in theatre has had a great impact on them and on their lives. It cre- ated new stronger people who can deal with challenges facing

them in their community and also with the Israeli Occupation in a peaceful way. It helped develop their characters, their trust, their confidence in themselves and also in working with others.

When we work in a country where the basic human rights of moving freely or working freely does not exist, then we ourselves as work- ers in this field also feel frustrated and down sometimes. But seeing and hearing what theatre does to young people is the reward and the fuel that keeps us going.

When we hear what young peo- ple feel about theatre and how it affected their lives, this is when Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36
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