As the new school year approaches, Theatre Day Productions (TDP) is getting ready with a whole exciting range of activities for the community of Gaza.
Starting August 1st, our newest play "In the Rectangle of Doubt" will be shown in site-specific places. The first performance will take place in the UM Al Nasser Bedouin Village, our partners in the making of the play. Let's get together in the village!
A press conference will be held prior to the opening at 5:10 P.M. and anopen discussion follows.
We are hoping to see old friends and new faces!
And more to come from TDP so keep following us.
The children of Gaza are acting, singing, and playing with undeniable lust for life. They play old men, crying babies, pestering boys, conducting maestros, and women in trees and bird-cages. They ask 1000 questions, catch the most beautiful sounds of Gaza with a sound-machine, and talk to their own mirror images as if they were alive.
The project "Ten Ways to Know Us" is on schedule and the title is given full credit. We are getting to know Gaza in many different ways. And the kids and directors of TDP in Gaza are getting a chance to talk about what Gaza is.
The Gaza directors have been busy reflecting on their scripts. They have gotten advice, feedback, praise. They have fantasized about ideas for stage and costume design. They shook up and adapted their scripts. They worked intensively with their Dutch visiting coaches in Gaza: Carly Everaert, Caspar Nieuwenhuis and Liesbeth Coltof. We think they are speaking Arabic by now. We thank them and their coaches in Holland : Josee Hussaarts, Anne Beth Schuurmans, Muriel Besemer, Jose Montaya, Matthijs Rumke, Casper Vandeputte, Monique Corvers, Rosa Fontein
And to Jan who always looks for the 11th way to know us. And to Jackie who invented all the themes of 10 ways to know us.
The 10 groups will soon be arriving at the theatre to begin the unprecedented series of openings of 10 new plays and "Ten Ways to Know Us."
TDP storytellers visited women living in the shelters near Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Bureij, Khan Yunis, & Rafah. (Photos withheld for the dignity of the women.) The group of nine sat with women and listened. This new information from women struggling to live each day was gently added to our living production "The Sound of Ah". The women were then invited to the theatre to see the newest version of the play, to give their comments, and to share in and take part in leading the forum that followed the performance.
TDP’s drama awareness campaign for school teachers took place in West Khan Yunis, East Khan Yunis, and Rafah. The results were presented to all participating teachers and in the presence of Education Ministry. A debate followed which was both exciting and indicated understanding and openness to CHANGE.
Finally Gaza TDP got all needed permits and arrived in the rain (before the snow) to Jerusalem. The 11-person team making up the senior staff of TDP greeted management coach Patrick Stahl and together we spent 4 days planning the future of the company. A real reunion for all, a lot of work, much to do, and much to come.
"Ten Ways to Know Us" is a project of 10 plays dealing with the heart and soul of Gaza. The project is coproduction with 34 theatre and cultural houses in the Netherlands and is in solidarity with TDP and the children and young people in the Gaza Strip. One of the plays is a project within the PAN network and is now on tour. "And then the house grumbled..." takes place under and around an upside down market somewhere in Gaza. Four mothers and their daughters play out the circumstances of how they ended up under the pile. And as always in TDP, video-animation workshops, drama workshops, and training of teachers workshops are on-going. On tour is the play "Moving Deeply" (for boys schools) & "The Sound of Ah" for women and girls.
Don't forget to change the 3's to 4's. TDP hopes all goes well for all in the coming 365 days.
Theatre Day Productions is a non-profit company working in Gaza from 1995 in the field of drama and youth theatre. In the framework of restructuring the company, Ayyam Al Masrah is recruiting people to fill 11 positions.
Hello to All Applicants in Gaza
Please follow these instructions for applying to one of available positions:
- Send a current CV in English.
- Send a letter introducing yourself in English.
- Send a narrative letter of experience in Arabic.
- Include 3 references with current phone numbers and emails.
- In the subject line of your email to us, please state the position for which you are a applying.
- Do not supply any certificates at this time.
Send all material to email@example.com
Good luck to all.
The positions available are:
1. Executive Director
2. Artistic Director
3. Program Coordinator
4. Deputy Artistic Director
5. Officer of Monitoring and Evaluation
6. Women Activities Leader
7. Deputy Women Activities Leader
8. Assistant Program Coordinator
9. Production Leader
10. Assistant Production Leader
Final Projects & 4 New Graduates Sharaf Al Aydi worked with 6 trainees to create the youth play "Baroud Pasha." Manal Barakat – TDP's FIRST woman director in Gaza – worked with 4 women to create "Amba" Randa Abu Maghasib worked with 8 girls and made a scene called "The Head of Jaber the Slave." Ismail Dahalan worked with 6 boys and created a scene called "Memories from Lines." "Baroud Pasha" and "Amba" are now on tour for Gaza kids.
Jackie is speaking at the University of Northern Michigan in the USA. Invited by the head of the theatre department (after professors from the university visited Palestine and Israel) she is speaking about the work of TDP to both theatre students and educators. Jackie will also speak about the plays she has written and there will be two formal readings of two of her plays. Good stuff! .
Busy time in TDP in Gaza. We have 9 drama workshops in UNRWA schools in the south and middle area. And 7 drama workshops for teachers (TOT) in these same schools. Ali is making a play with kids for kids (K4K) that will open end of March. And 4 of our trainees are working on their Final Projects. Finally, 10 video-animation workshops result in cartoons made by kids for TV or computer. Lots of work, lots of fun.
The year started and continues with drama workshops and video animations workshops all around the Gaza Strip. Drama-teachers and trainees are running. It is also reporting time so lots of action on the keyboards of TDP. We have a brand new member: Rama was born to Randa and Baha so Mabrouk to them and welcome Rama.