Production Archive

Women

Candyfloss

Chtaura, Lebanon, Winter 2020

A loveless marriage, an exploitative boss – three women from different families hold a wish to get rid of their troubles

  • Director: Rania Mroueh
  • Assistant Facilitator: Fida Al Waer
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Supported by: Help Refugees (Choose Love)
  • Tour info: This show premiered at Sunflower Theatre in Beirut in January, and was later showcased as part of a Gender Equality event hosted by GIZ & CPS in March 2020

What’s Far Is Near

Staging Sisterhood

BEIRUT, LEBANON & LONDON, UK, JUNE 2019

When Marsel goes into labour, she wants to talk to her best friend abroad – but what happens when the internet stops working around the world?

  • Format: A cross-border theatre production created and performed over video link by a company of refugee women living in London and Lebanon
  • Lebanon Co-Directors: Lama Amine, Victoria Lupton
  • UK Director: Jo Tyabji
  • UK Movement Director: Brenda Nassali-Liston
  • Digital Producer: Heather Pasfield
  • UK Facilitator : Varshini Pichemuthu
  • Partners: Women Now, Southbank Centre, Counterpoint Arts
  • Part funded by: Arts Council England & Lily Harriss
  • Showcased during: International Refugee Week 2019

Work in Progress

Staging Sisterhood

Chtaura, Lebanon & London, UK, December 2018

  • Format: A cross-border theatre production created and performed over video link by a company of refugee women living in London and Lebanon
  • Lebanon Co-Directors: Lama Amine, Victoria Lupton
  • UK Facilitator: Rebecca Laughton
  • Partners: Women Now, Women for Refugee Women, Southbank Centre
  • Part funded by: Arts Council England & Lily Harriss

Souriyeh

Women's Theatre

Beirut, Lebanon, November & December 2017

Nine women between the ages of 16 and 42 speak, dance, and sing about love, death, hope, imprisonment, and success in the time of war

  • Ensemble: Touleen Al Halabi, Walaa Al Haswa, Jihan Al Hmedi, Nahida Dabbas, Jawhara Darwish, Malak Ghabash, Najah Jomaa, Entisar Kallaa, Sondos Kharsan
  • Director: Farah Wardani
  • Partner: Women Now
  • With thanks to: AUB Theater Initiative
  • Showcased during: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Youth

I see my ghost coming from afar

Hammana, Lebanon, July 2020

  • Ensemble: Daniel Abde El Moati, Ahmad Al Asfar, Karim Anwar, Abed Al Jalil Dahcha, Farah Hindawi, Hanan Hindawi, Sally Idriss, Rania Jamal, Roua Kamal, Fatmeh Naim, Samer Zaher
  • Movement Director & Facilitator: Lama Amine
  • Associate Director: Victoria Lupton
  • Project Coordinator: Ines Fabiunke
  • Scenography: Ghida Hachicho
  • Lighting Design: Fouad Halwani
  • Partners: Goethe Institut Libanon, Dar Al Aytam, Yaabad Scout Troupe
  • With thanks to: Hammana Artist House

Turned Into Stars

Amman, Jordan, December 2019

Inspired by French novelist, playwright, poet, and political activist: Jean Genet

  • Director : Lara McIvor
  • Artistic contributors: Mohammed Idrisi, Hossam Abed, Joy
  • Partner: MMAG Foundation

Up to the Light

Across Jordan, Spring 2019

Inspired by regional fairytales and 1001 Nights, this performance explores the depths of imagination and childhood fears

  • Director: Hossam Abed
  • Assistant Director: Razan Mobaideen
  • Partners: Sawiyan, Tarabot, Haya Cultural Centre
  • Funder: Direct Aid Program (Australian Government)
  • Tour Info: Haya Cultural Centre, The International Academy Amman & Ruwwad, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Tarabot Community Centre, International Orphans Summer Camp

#8_Year_Challenge

Nabad Ensemble

Across Lebanon, Spring & Summer 2019

What happens when the figures from our childhood come back to live with us today?

  • Ensemble: Hassan Akoul, Ayham Al Ahmad, Hassan Ali Alkhlefe, Fida Alwaer, Mostafa Amin Al Sabin, Fatima Rajjoup, Abdulrahim Shaman
  • Director: Chrystele Khodr
  • Trainer: Hadi Deaibess
  • Funders: Create Syria (a project by Ettijahat-Independent Culture), and Team Archie
  • Tour info: Dar Al Aytam (Cola, Beirut), Zoukak Theatre (Beirut), Dar Al Aytam (Kherbet Rouha, Bekaa), Yaabad Scout Troupe (Cola, Beirut), Rivoli Theatre (Sour), Monnot Theatre (Beirut)

The Metamorphosis After Franz Kafka

Commissioned for Lebanon's 1st European Theatre Festival 2018

Across Lebanon, Autumn 2018 & Spring 2019

A group of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian young people interprets Kafka’s novella for their time, in their place, in their words

  • Ensemble: Ahmed Asfar, Abed el Jalil Dahshe, Ahmed Daifallah, Farah Hendawi, Hanan Hendawi, Rania Jamal, Mohamed Kaw, Fatima Naiim, Tasneem Rajoub, Amina Sahloul, Im el Baneen Sahloul, Sara Sahloul, Ahmed Takreti, Samer Zaher
  • Director: Lama Amine & Victoria Lupton
  • Set designer: Ghida Hashiso
  • Composer: Oscar Wood
  • Partner: Goethe-Institut Libanon
  • With thanks to: Intersos, Social Welfare Institutions - Dar al Aytam al Islamiya, UNHCR, Yaabad Scout Troupe, Al Madina Theatre

Shajarat al Durr

Nabad Ensemble

Across Lebanon, Spring 2018

A comedic drama for children, outlining the life of Shajarat al Durr: the first female leader of the Islamic world 

  • Ensemble: Ayham Al Ahmad, Hassan Ali Alkhlefe, Muhammed Al Mughrabi, Fida Alwaer, Mostafa Amin Al Sabin, Anas Hennawi, Fatima Rajjoup, Abdulrahim Shaman, Aamer Wardh
  • Director: Chrystele Khodr
  • Trainer: Hadi Deaibess, Oscar Wood
  • Funder: Team Archie
  • With thanks to: Women Now & Yaabad Scout
  • Tour info: Kayany Foundation School (Majdal Anjar, Bekaa), Al Andalos School (Bar Ilias, Bekaa), Yaabad School (Shatila, Beirut), SB Overseas (Ouzai settlement, Saida), & Seenaryo's Spring Festival (Bar Ilias, Bekaa)

Chtaura-Hammana-Beirut: A Discovery Journey

Young Artists

Beirut, Lebanon, April 2018

A collection of artwork by six emerging artists living in Lebanon, including: sound, film and photography

  • Artists: Hassan Akoul, Samer Khwis, Hamza Kharouf, Yassin Msallakh, Omar Meslem, Rand Shamaa
  • Trainers: Abir Saksouk, Petra Serhal
  • Partner: Dictaphone Group
  • Funder: Arthur & Holly Magill Foundation
  • With thanks to: Women Now, Mansion, Hammana Artist House & Saveur Plus Catering

The Scene From The Bekaa

Young Artists

Beirut, Lebanon, February 2017

A collection of artwork by six emerging Syrian artists living in Lebanon, including: music, film, photography, painting and video performance

  • Artists: Hassan Akoul, Mohamed Al Junde, Mahabba Gharzeddine, Shahd Kheto, Abdel Rahman Morad, Mohammed Shurbaji
  • Trainers: Tania Khoury, Abir Saksouk, Petra Serhal
  • Partners: Dictaphone Group & Women Now
  • Part funded by: Create Syria (a project by Ettijahat-Independent Culture)
  • With thanks to: Mansion & Saveur Plus Catering
  • Tour info: Also exhibited as part of Kent Refugee Help's 'I Live Here' exhibition in Canterbury

Children

The Hot Air Balloon

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Amman, Jordan, July 2020

  • Facilitators: Louay Dawaime, Mary Madanat
  • Partner: Sama Al Badea
  • Funder: Team Archie

The School of Inventors

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Amman, Jordan, July 2020

  • Facilitators: Louay Dawaime, Mary Madanat
  • Partner: Sama Al Badea
  • Funder: Team Archie

The Mystery of the Forest

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Amman, Jordan, December 2019

  • Facilitators: Louay Dawaime, Arabella Lawson, Abdallah Smaik
  • Partner: Sama Al Badea
  • Funder: Team Archie

Life on Planets

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Amman, Jordan, December 2019

  • Facilitators: Louay Dawaime, Arabella Lawson, Abdallah Smaik
  • Partner : Sama Al Badea
  • Funder: Team Archie

The Magic Notebook

Showbuild

Amman, Jordan, August 2019

  • Facilitators: Lara McIvor, Louay Dawaime
  • Partner: Collateral Repair Project
  • Funder: Team Archie

The Curse of the Sea

Showbuild

Rusaifeh, Jordan, August 2019

  • Facilitators: Victoria Lupton, Lara McIvor, Louay Dawaime
  • Partner: Haya Cultural Centre
  • Funder: Team Archie

The Water Journey

Showbuild

Majdal Anjar, Lebanon, August 2019

  • Facilitators: Hassan Akoul, Lama Amine, Dana Jammoul, Hamza Kharouf, Nivine Kallas, Yassin Msallakh, Rawya, Riham
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

Solved

Showbuild

Shatila, Lebanon, August 2019

  • Facilitators: Ahmad Al Asfar, Lama Amine, Abed el Jalil Dahshe, Farah Hindawi, Hanan Hindawi, Aya Madani, Yassin Msallakh, Hasan Suleiman, Israa
  • Partner: Yaabad Scout Troupe
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

The Captain’s Magic Words

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Amman, Jordan, April 2019

  • Facilitators: Lara McIvor, Farah Mograbey, Saeed Shantier, Abdallah Smaik
  • Partner: Hamzet Wasl
  • Funder: Norton Rose Fulbright

Justice in Space

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Amman, Jordan, April 2019

  • Facilitators: Lara McIvor, Farah Mograbey, Saeed Shantier, Abdallah Smaik
  • Partner: Hamzet Wasl
  • Funder: Norton Rose Fulbright

The Elephant & The Ant

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Majdal Anjar, Lebanon, April 2019

  • Facilitators: Lama Amine, Hassan Akoul, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

Wonderland

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Majdal Anjar, Lebanon, April 2019

  • Facilitators: Lama Amine, Hassan Akoul, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

The Difficult Journey

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Amman, Jordan, December 2018

The animal kingdom interferes with some humans who arrive on their island and won’t stop complaining!

  • Facilitators: Lara McIvor, Farah Mograbey, Saeed Shantier, Abdallah Smaik
  • Partner: Hamzet Wasl
  • Funder: Norton Rose Fulbright

The Village Without Colour

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Amman, Jordan, December 2018

The people of the village can’t live without any colour, can they solve the mystery, confront the lonely dragon and bring it back?

  • Facilitators: Lara McIvor, Farah Mograbey, Saeed Shantier, Abdallah Smaik
  • Partner: Hamzet Wasl
  • Funder: Norton Rose Fulbright

Journey in Time

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Majdal Anjar, Lebanon, December 2018

A NASA mission is at risk when a family in Beirut, in New York, and some astronauts accidentally swap places!

  • Facilitators: Hanadi Al Shabta, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

Life & Pen

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Majdal Anjar, Lebanon, December 2018

Can the kingdom be set to rights when the princess’ magic communication pen is stolen?

  • Facilitators: Hanadi Al Shabta, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust
  • Tour info: Toured to Alwan Festival

The Musical Party

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Majdal Anjar, Lebanon, August 2018

A simple hunt for a conductor’s baton becomes an adventure you could never have imagined!

  • Facilitators: Hassan Akoul, Lara McIvor, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

The Mystery of the Kingdom

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Majdal Anjar, Lebanon, August 2018

Grandma is telling her usual stories, but the children want to change the ending…

  • Facilitators: Hassan Akoul, Lara McIvor, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

The Kingdom of Sweets

Showbuild

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, August 2018

Will the queen of The Kingdom of Sweets give her people what they want?

  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

Worn Out From Travelling

Showbuild

Shatila, Lebanon, August 2018

Displaced from their homeland, families consider moving to Moon Street – will life be better?

  • Partner: Yaabad Scout Troupe
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

Our Little Adventure

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Qartaba, Lebanon, June 2018

An epic trip around the world to learn about different countries and cultures 

  • Facilitators: Hanadi Al Shabta, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Caritas Lebanon

Lana The Giraffe

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Qartaba, Lebanon, June 2018

Lana the giraffe struggles to find acceptance as a giraffe with a short neck

  • Facilitators: Hanadi Al Shabta, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Caritas Lebanon

Teacher’s Party

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, May 2018

Students plan a party for their teacher’s birthday, but they mustn’t get caught by the headmaster!

  • Facilitators: Hassan Akoul, Yassin Msallakh, Rand Shamaa
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

My Friend the Alien

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, May 2018

A clique at school is hesitant about welcoming the new alien in town…

  • Facilitators: Hassan Akoul, Yassin Msallakh, Rand Shamaa
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

It’s Never Too Late to Learn

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, December 2017

An old woman seeks inspiration for a new career path; will she choose medicine, sport or the arts?

  • Facilitators: Hassan Akoul, Hanadi Al Shabta, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

Find the Grown Ups

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, December 2017

A group of teenagers wake up to find that all the grown ups have disappeared…

  • Facilitators: Hassan Akoul, Hanadi Al Shabta, Yassin Msallakh
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Funder: The Linbury Trust

The Enchanted Kingdom

Showbuild

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, August 2017

An enchanted ring, mermaid, and dangerous taxi driver come together during a terrible drought

  • Partner: Women Now

The Legend of the Volcano

Showbuild

Shatila, Lebanon, August 2017

A volcano that erupts gold – a tale we tell our children? They say there’s no smoke without fire…

  • Partner: Yaabad Scout Troupe

The Chocolate City

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, July 2017

The citizens of a Chocolate City band together to save their kingdom

  • Facilitators: Hanadi Al Shabta, Naqiya Ebrahim, Ibrahim Ghazoul
  • Partner: Women Now

The Love Tree

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, July 2017

A group of friends fight to save memories that have been held captive by a monster

  • Facilitators : Hanadi Al Shabta, Naqiya Ebrahim, Ibrahim Ghazoul
  • Partner: Women Now

Cooperation

Children's Theatre (age 7-11)

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, April 2017

A sisterhood of aspiring doctors go on a mission to save their brother from a sorceress and dragon

  • Facilitators: Mohamad Al Junde, Tory Brykalski, Naqiya Ebrahim
  • Partner: Women Now

The Lost Power

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Bar Ilias, Lebanon, April 2017

Three royal siblings are pitted against each other on a quest for their father’s throne

  • Facilitators: Mohamad Al Junde, Tory Brykalski, Naqiya Ebrahim
  • Partner: Women Now

Treasure Is…

Children's Theatre (age 12-16)

Chtaura, Lebanon, December 2016

A look at what treasure means to different people, and how hard we fight to keep personal treasures

  • Facilitators: Naqiya Ebrahim, Tamara Salhab
  • Partner: Women Now

Small Dreams

Showbuild

Majdal Anjar, Lebanon, August 2016

The story of a prince’s lost crown – coveted by all, but corrupting anyone who wears it

  • Partner: Women Now
  • Part funded by: Create Syria (a project by Ettijahat-Independent Culture)

All Because of the Banana

Showbuild

Shatila, Lebanon, August 2016

A look at what happens in a city when humans start behaving like animals

  • Partner: Yaabad Scout Troupe
  • Funder: Selat: Links Through the Arts (a project by A.M. Qattan Foundation)
  • With thanks to: marra.tein
  • Tour info: This production has since been toured to four locations in Lebanon

War of Zucchinis in Yoghurt

Showbuild

Beirut, Lebanon, April 2016

A war between two kingdoms, each coveting what the other has – in this instance, kousa b’laban

  • Facilitators: Naqiya Ebrahim, Ghida Hashisho, Jihad Hindawi, Aya Madani, Oscar Wood
  • Partner: Beirut Art Center
  • With thanks to: Uruguay School

Village of Wonders

Showbuild

Chtaura, Lebanon, August 2015

When a village’s water supply is cut off, a dinosaur and ant team up to set things right

  • Facilitators: Tim Bamber, Victoria Lupton, Manal Shakhashirou, Yasmine Shurbaji, Anas Tello, Oscar Wood
  • Partner: Women Now
  • Part funded by: European Cultural Foundation

Careful What You Wish For

Showbuild

Shatila, Lebanon, August 2015

A ride to the palace, the sea, and up to the moon to discover the folly of wishing on a magic lamp

  • Facilitators: Tim Bamber, Jihad Hindawi, Nidal Hindawi, Victoria Lupton, Aya Madani, Oscar Wood
  • Partner: Yaabad Scout Troupe
  • Part funded by: European Cultural Foundation