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In 2000, two Palestinian plays were given workshops and rehearsed readings with UK actors at the Royal Court, directed by Palestinian director Raeda Ghazaleh as part of the International Playwrights season. As part of this programme, director Rufus Norris lived in Ramallah from May to July 2001, working with playwright David Greig to create a new play with the actors of Al Kasaba Theatre. At the same time, they began a new series of playwriting workshops with a group of young writers associated with Inad Theatre in Beit Jala. In 2005, Royal Court Associate Director Sacha Wares travelled to the West Bank with the playwright Anthony Neilson and, in 2007, returned with Mike Bartlett to start a project with a new set of writers in collaboration with Al Harah Theatre. In 2014, Richard Twyman, Elyse Dodgson and Penelope Skinner delivered three workshops with a new group of Palestinian writers in Beit Jala. Three writers from Palestine took part in the Royal Court Theatre / British Council New Arab Playwrights Project from April 2007 to February 2009. h2. Current work Fireworks by Dalia Taha will be presented in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from the 12th February - 14th March 2015. It marks the first full production by an emerging Palestinian playwright to be developed through the Royal Court's international programmes, after a history of over 17 years working in the country. Dalia Taha took part in the International Playwrights Group in 2013, and since then has continued to develop her play with us through a series of workshops.


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