Crowdfunding to Bring Palestinian Theatre to Hounslow

"48 Minutes for Palestine" by Ramallah's Ashtar Theatre


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Hounslow-Ramallah Twinning Association

Hounslow-Ramallah Twinning Association has arranged for Ramallah’s Ashtar Theatre to come to Hounslow for a one-night-only performance of “48 Minutes for Palestine”, on 15th June 2015 at the Paul Robeson Theatre.

Ashtar Theatre

48 Minutes for Palestine is a compelling drama without words, about a woman and a man living together against their will, told totally through physical action and original music.

A woman lives alone and spends her time tending her garden. One day a man walks into her house. He is carrying a suitcase. He looks disheveled and close to death. The woman does not know who he is. But for him, this place is his home…

We see the couple struggle for space and power as the temperature rises and the water is running out fast. Theirs is a forced marriage that neither of them wants, in a place that neither will leave.

The play was published in a new drama anthology from Methuen under the title of “Theatre in Pieces: Experimental Theatre from 1968-2010."

To make the event accessible to the widest possible audience, HRTA is crowdfunding to raise £1948 so that the event can be free to attend. Just over 300 is left to raise in the last three days.

ASHTAR is a dynamic local Palestinian Theatre with a truly progressive global perspective. They aim to promote creativity and commitment for change through a novel combination of specific training, acting programs and services and, professional theatre performances. If marginalized audience are unable to come to their main location in Ramallah, they move their stage to anywhere in Palestine.

Acclaimed dramatist Caryl Churchill has voiced her support for the project, sayint: “I look forward very much to seeing 48 Minutes for Palestine. I recently worked with Riham Isaac in Ramallah and loved her spirit and inventiveness.”


April 16, 2015

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