A rare opportunity to see Palestine’s leading Theatre Company, Al-Harah, perform in London at Tara Studio

A rare opportunity to see Palestine

Al-Harah Theatre, Palestine’s leading theatre company, with Milan Govedarica, presents Born in Bethlehem, a remarkable new play about life in past and present Palestine. Playing at Tara Studio in Earlsfield, South London, from Saturday 26 to Tuesday 29 April 2008 – the company’s only London dates on their UK tour.

Bethlehem is home to one of the world’s oldest stories, the Nativity. Two thousand years on what is it to give birth in today’s Bethlehem? How would the story be different?

A guide leads his tourists through the busy streets of the Holy City accompanied by two actors whose role it is to recreate his famous tale. But the troubles of the present are not easily forgotten in this little town, as our guide soon discovers.

Using real-life stories, musicians and images, Al-Harah’s remarkable new play, Born in Bethlehem, goes to the heart of a situation as absurd as it is appalling, telling the story of Bethlehem, and the Palestinian people who call it home. Directed by Sami Metwasi.

Based in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem in the West Bank, Al Harah, which means “the neighborhood,” is a group of actors, playwrights and directors who came together in 2005 to create theatre in the dire conditions created by military occupation. In addition to producing theatre: “that has the potential to change the lives of the people who make it and the people who watch it,” it is also the group’s goal to establish the very first theatre college in Palestine. To this end, Al Harah promotes the use of a theatre arts curriculum in Palestinian schools and facilitates training workshops in drama for youth organizers and social workers from around the West Bank.

Part of a growing movement of community-based theatre artists in Palestine, Al Harah sees their work in a larger socio-political context: “by promoting theater arts in Palestine we assist in building a civil society that emphasizes human rights, democracy and pluralism.” The company creates award-winning theatre for adults and young people.

Tara Studio continues to programme and support work by diverse artists. A unique, informal and intimate venue in Earlsfield, South London, it is fast becoming a valuable addition to theatre in South London.

Saturday 26 – Tuesday 29 April 7.30pm
Tara Studio
356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES
Box Office: 0208 333 4457
Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk
£10 (£7 concs)

Region: All
Start Date: 26/04/2008
End Date: 29/04/2008
Start Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Tara Studio
Venue Address: 356 Garratt Lane, London
Website: http://www.tara-arts.com
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Rhian Hughes
Phone: 020 8333 4457