Creating Theatre Under Occupation

Freedom Theatre

PLEASE NOTE: We are very disappointed to hear that the British Government has refused Nabil Al-Raee his visa and not allowed him to travel to the UK on his speaking tour. The evening will instead be presented by Ahmed Tobasi an actor with Freedom Theatre. (more info here…)

Riding Lights Theatre Company is very pleased to welcome to Friargate Theatre Nabil Al-Raee, Artistic Director of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin.

The Freedom Theatre was built in the heart of the Palestinian resistance in Jenin Refugee Camp in 2006. The aim was to create a political and artistic movement of theatre and filmmakers who could fight the Israeli Occupation through art and use cultural resistance as a tool to fight oppression.

Due to the provocative nature of the work the theatre has had its building attacked, received numerous death threats, had its members interrogated and imprisoned and in 2011 the theatre’s Artistic Director Juliano Mer Khamis was murdered. Despite this the theatre has managed to tour their work internationally as well as open many productions in Jenin Refugee Camp where it is based.

Nabil was born in Alrob Refugee Camp in Palestine and is an actor, director and teacher. He has worked at The Freedom Theatre since 2006 and took over as Artistic Director when Juliano Mer Khamis was murdered.

Tuesday 17 June 2014
7.30pm

No charge for admission. Seats bookable in advance by phone or in person.
01904 613000 or book online