مسرحية حكايات مدينة على البحر SBS Arabic Radio with Tales of a City by the Sea

مسرحية حكايات مدينة على البحر تبدأ في ملبورن في الثاني عشر من تشرين الثاني نوفمبر. المسرحية عبارة عن قصة حب وانفصال وستعرض على خشبة مسرحين في اليوم ذاته. على خشبة مسرح لاماما في ملبورن، ومسرح الرواد في مخيم عايدة في الضفة الغربية.

كاتبة المسرحية هي الكاتبة والشاعرة سماح السبعاوي، وقد استضفناها في استديوهات الأس بي سي مع اثنين من فريق العمل. استمعوا هنا إلى سماح السبعاوي، والممثلة نيكول شمعون والممثل أسامة سامي.

The Age: Palestinian Play Tales of a city by the Sea thwarted by real-life violence

By Annabel Ross

There is some bitter irony in the fact that the plan to premiere a Palestinian play in three different cities was thwarted by the very war it speaks of. Palestinian-Australian writer Samah Sabawi wanted Tales of the City and the Sea to debut in Australia and the Palestinian territories simultaneously. “The plan was that it would open in the West Bank, Gaza and Melbourne at the same time and in a way connect the Palestinians in the West Bank to the Palestinians in Gaza,” she says. “Unfortunately, the time we started casting and putting together the production team was when Gaza was under heavy bombardment.” That was in July, at the height of the recent conflict. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/palestinian-play-tales-of-the-city-and-the-sea-thwarted-by-reallife-violence-20141028-11cjn0.html#ixzz3HPpWg1ia

Auditions / Theatre / Melbourne / Tales of a City by the Sea

 

We are looking for actors for the following roles:

Jomana female mid 30s

Lama female early 20s

Rami male late 30s, must be able to put on an American accent

Ali male mid 20s

Um Ahmad plus extra roles – female no other specific requirements

 

Key Dates

 

(Note new extended deadline for expression of interest)

August 13  – deadline for expressions of interest

August 16th & 17th script reading and workshop – this will be part of the auditioning process.

October 3rd – 12th  and November 1st -10th  every day full rehearsals can be flexible but must discuss with Lech

November 11 Opening night

Play runs for two weeks.

 

To apply please email your photo and a short bio by August 15th

Email: play3wishes@gmail.com

For information about this project visit our website www.talesofacitybythesea.com

Palestinian actor Thaer Yassin on importance of staging a love story in Gaza theatre

This is part of our Tales of a City by the Sea video series. To learn more about this project click on the home page, or visit our youtube channel  and watch other short videos from the various key artists involved in this project. We are now half way through our fundraising campaign.  Please bring us closer to our goal by making a donation, and by helping us spread the word by way of sharing our videos on social media and talking to your friends about this unique new and exciting project.

Cash-strapped Gaza charities brace for bitter Eid

Egyptian authorities are repeatedly closing Rafah Crossing – only gateway to the outside world – while Israel seals all other points.
 

GAZA CITY (AA) – With the Eid al-Adha holiday around the corner, charitable organizations in the impoverished Gaza Strip are hoping for a miracle after a vital aid lifeline through the territory’s only gateway to the outside world was cut.

Last year, charities in the territory managed to distribute 400,000 kg of Udhiya (livestock sacrificed in Eid al-Adha festivities) to poor families. Around 3,000 children also received new winter clothes.

But things are different this year, as foreign aid delegations which used to bring financial and food aid into the territory are not knocking on the doors of the territory this year.

“Gaza charities have not received any funds to buy Udhiya for distribution to the strip’s poor and needy, while the plans for clothing have also come to a halt,” Walid al-Amoudi, head of Gaza’s charities federation, told Anadolu Agency.

“The main reasons for this are the hindrances facing the entry of solidarity delegations into Gaza and the aid shipments they used to bring the strip’s poor,” he added.

In recent weeks and months, Egyptian authorities, citing security reasons, have repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing – the besieged Gaza Strip’s only gateway to the outside world.

All other points into or out of the coastal enclave remain tightly sealed by Israel, which has imposed a crippling blockade on the Hamas-run coastal enclave since 2007.

The six-year-old siege has forced the territory’s roughly 1.7 million inhabitants to rely heavily on underground tunnels along the borders with Egypt to bring badly needed food, medicine and fuel into the territory.

Al-Amoudi also attributed the sharp drop in aid flows into the strip to regional unrest.

“Relief convoys used to address the problems of the poor and the needy and extend assistance to them, but developments in Egypt and the partial opening of Rafah disrupted their contributions,” al-Amoudi lamented.

What’s more, the eruption of revolutions in nearby countries, especially in Syria, has drawn activists’ attention away from the long-suffering strip.

The sharp deterioration in relations between Egypt and Hamas following the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi has also negatively impacted charity activity in the territory.

The Egyptian army claims that weapons found recently in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula bore the name of Hamas’ military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades – an allegation the Palestinian resistance group vehemently denies.

Officials in Gaza also say that Egyptian embassies have been shutting their doors to activists seeking to visit the embattled strip.

“The absence of these aid convoys has rubbed salt into the wound,” al-Amoudi said, noting that there were 200,000 families in the strip in dire need of assistance.

The Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels, meanwhile, has also left many Gazans unemployed, further aggravating the situation.

Al-Amoudi noted that the average number of aid delegations to Gaza had reached 27 a month. In July, however, only two were able to enter the territory, while only one was allowed into the enclave in August.

In September, the number stood at zero.

by Ola Atallah

englishnews@aa.com.tr

Original link for the article ANADOLU AGENCY

Making art in Gaza: Gaza Poster by Palestinian Unit

Last year I had the pleasure of working with some of the artists from the band Palestinian Unit as they participated in the reading of my play Tales of a City by the Sea in Gaza. It is great to see this video and to hear their positive words about hope and living inside the walls and under the siege.

Statuses and Headlines: Dedicated to the tireless social media activist

Words scatter

Attention span expands

between statuses and headlines

I frame my perils of wisdom

on cyber walls

I denounce

I declare

I divulge my soul

I offer solidarity

and pass verdicts like delusional royalty

My virtual life a parody

my profile page an imaginary throne.

 

Newsfeed filled with corpses

Attention span expands

between statuses and headlines

We protest discrimination

famines and wars

140 characters to tear down the walls

140 characters to stop genocide

140 characters to expose a politician who lied

140 to give voice to the voiceless

to affirm a life

branded worthless

Nameless

children die everyday

Nameless

mothers grief everyday

Nameless

fathers bury their sons everyday

Nameless

mass graves are dug everyday

Nameless

insignificant refugees

threaten our peace of mind

Nameless

faceless detainees

out of sight out of mind

Nameless

women sell their bodies

sell their babies

sell their organs to survive

No dignity in poverty

Populations stripped of humanity

Only atrocities bare names

Military operations romanticized

‘enduring freedom’

‘desert shield’

‘pillar of clouds’

‘cast lead’

air strikes idealized

Minds stalled paralyzed

War on terror

War of terror

War for terror…

terror…

terror…

terror…

terror…

we grow numb desensitized

News feed jammed with hasbaranitzes

Government agents paid for lies

They ‘like’ and ‘share’ what we despise.

 

Morals in peril

Attention span expands

between statuses and headlines

140 characters to liberate Palestine

140 characters for gender equality

140 characters to raise money for charity

140 characters

I am wearing thin

140 characters

where do I begin?

 

Thoughts scatter

Attention span expands

BEYOND statuses and headlines.