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
356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES
Box Office: 0208 333 4457
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£10 (£7 concs)