The Big Idea: Fireworks

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DALIA TAHA IN CONVERSATION FRI 20 FEB, POST SHOW With director Richard Twyman and the Royal Court's International Director, Elyse Dodgson. Free with a ticket to that evening's performance RAJA SHEHADEH AND DAVID GREIG IN CONVERSATION THU 26 FEB, 6PM Award-winning author and leading Palestinian writer Raja Shehadeh in conversation with David Greig on his book Language of Peace, Language of War . This event will be followed by book signing in the bookshop. £5 or free with a ticket to Fireworks SPOKEN WORD: FAJR TAMIMI AND YAZ FENTAZI THU 5 MAR, 10PM Fiery, lyrical, spoken word exploring the conflicts in her homeland from Palestinian poet and writer Fajr Tamimi, with musical accompaniment by Algerian oud player and composer Yaz Fentazi. £5 or free with a ticket to Fireworks WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN GAZA: SAT 7 MAR, 12.30PM The seminar that was advertised will take an adventurous turn in response to playwright Nahil Mohana being refused a visa by the UK Border Agency. In place of the presentation of her work, we have made a short film entitled Front Line Lipstick about her life as a playwright in Gaza, and her response to Shereen Martin and Sirine Saba (of the Fireworks company), rehearsing scenes from her play Lipstick, directed by Caitlin McLeod. The film will be screened, and short excerpts from LIPSTICK will also be performed live.* This will be followed by a presentation from British/Palestinian mental health worker Wasseem El Sarraj on the effects of the recent war in Gaza on local children. We had hoped that Reem Abu Jaber, General Manager of Nawa for Culture and Arts Association in Gaza, would also join the discussion. However Reem has not been permitted to travel by the Israeli authorities. This will be a sharp and impromptu response to the current situation in Gaza for women and children. *Screening of Front Line Lipstick: a pioneering act of filmic cross cultural collaboration A collaboration between the Royal Court Theatre, Cactus World Films and Gingerwink Films Director: Maya Sanbar Producer: Maya Sanbar Director of Photography: Georgie Weedon Production and Photography in Gaza: Aya El-Zinati and Khaled Abu Zaid Editing: Philippa Edwards, Georgie Weedon Aya El-Zinati Translation: Najla Dowson-Zeidan & Hamada Lazkani. Supported by Womens Playhouse Trust (aka The Wapping Project) Special thanks to Jules Wright, Alan Smart and the British Council in Gaza £5 or free with a ticket to Fireworks KATIBA 5 FRI 13 MAR, 10PM – LATE, ROYAL COURT BAR Palestinian hip-hop group Katiba 5 bring their blend of rap and resistance to the Royal Court Bar. Music events curated by Arts Canteen. Free


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