Directed by Jackie Lubeck
About The Play:
Three …neighbors…in a courtyard… in a city… in Palestine… today…live a life-time…
As a result for the continuous cooperation between Yes Theatre (YT) and Theatre Day Productions; A play tour for the “Swing” was decided by the both parties. This decision has been in order to perform this valuable production one for school students at Hebron Governorate and to consolidate the partnership between the two organizations.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, playing with rules, making mistakes, and having fun. “The Swing” began as an experiment! And all those who made it invented, grew, took risks, played with rules, made mistakes, and had lots and lots of fun! The actors (Ihab, Raed, and Mohammad) began working in January 2007 following an intensive learning trip to Poland. Their task was to make scenes on the idea of neighbours who live in political turmoil. We wanted a universal theme, something people in other countries would understand, something we – as Palestinians – could share – with other cultures. The first part of the experiment resulted in an anger play! Of course we are angry! But we are also artists…and art gives you the freedom to look at an idea in a million ways. So we continued with our experiment. We tried again. We kept looking. It wasn’t easy. But because we allowed ourselves to experiment, to play, to look for something new, we found a new idea for our neighbours. “The Swing” looks at the life –time of 3 people. Wouldn’t it be nice to experiment a little… to make a play of your own life-time? Think about it!
About the Actors
The 3 characters in “The Swing” – who grow old before the eyes of TDP’s artistic staff – are played by actors, drama-teachers, and directors of Yes Theatre in Hebron. They have made many plays that some of you have probably seen: “something Ordinary”, “Majnon”, “The Walking Boy” “Im Abed & Her Children”, “The Other Half”, “The Utopians” and others. They have directed plays with teenagers like “24 Hours of Dreams and Awakening”, “The Same Problem”, “The Face”, “Mothers of Daughters”, “Bed #12”, and others. Ihab, Mohammad, and Raed have given Hebron youth hundreds of hours of drama workshops over the years. They have worked with teachers in schools. They have also performed outside Palestine in several countries including Poland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands. Beginning in 2008, Ihab, Mohammad, and Raed created a new organization in Hebron called Yes Theatre. This new work and workshops to youth, teachers, and the general public of the Hebron region and throughout Palestine.