Thursday, April 12, 2012

" Sunlight at midnight "

Twenty-five years after the brutal massacre of Palestinian refugees living in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982, the Palestine Theatre in Motion group commemorate the tragedy through theatre.

 Produced on a limited budget, Sunlight at Midnight explores one man’s existential crisis as circumstances around him force him to confront his identity, his heritage, and his people’s history. Using oral histories from Sabra and Shatila refugee camp, television footage, and live music, Sunlight at Midnight successfully transports the audience into the refugee camps and back into one man’s uncomfortable psyche.

Abandoned Art

The Shatila Project tries to show the creative potential of the camp's children, and thereby hopes to open new doors. In the words of the late Palestinian academic, Edward Said, "not the culture of power, but the power of culture." 

Our project aims to establish – working with the children we know and others who wish to be involved - a permanent Shatila Theatre Arts Centre and company on the camp. We want the young people on the camp to take ownership of the Arts Centre/Theatre and to learn all the skills necessary to run it, in association with others on the camp; the Youth Centre for example. We will assist them in making a long-term relationship with Theatre Monnot in East Beirut, which has a touring relationship with outlying regions of Lebanon. We will also help them establish relationships with theatres in the UK so that cultural exchanges can continue to take place.