We have started a blog about Az Theatre's developing projects - read more here

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Az is collaborating with Soulfire Theatre, a group of young British Bangladeshis living in East London, on a company development project. We have successfully developed two presentations through workshop programmes during the year. One was given on April 4th and the other on July 4th, both at the People’s Palace on the Mile End Road. We are now working to build the management group and develop an artistic programme.


Az Theatre is continuing its work on WAR STORIES: Alcestis and developing a piece of work called STATES. Visit

This is the next phase of WAR STORIES. We are planning to commission Douglas Finch, Canadian born keyboard virtuoso and composer, who wrote the music for Jonathan Chadwick’s productions of TRANSPLANT (2001) and NIRVANA (Gologan Productions 2005) to write the music for a new theatre piece based on Alcestis by Euripides and the development research which Az accomplished in 2006. The show will be strong on music, dance and movement and will be produced for an international tour in 2007/2008.

In July we carried out a major research and development on this production with graduates, students and artists from TRINITY LABAN. We are producing a short video, pursuing our work with TRINITY LABAN and awaiting an outcome of a bid to the Arts Council of England for a grant to develop the project.


Az Theatre has started its development workshop programme for WAR STORIES: Alcestis, stories of recovery and dialogues with death.

Our work is in Algeria, United Kingdom, Kosovo, Italy and Palestine in June/July 2006. However we have had to postpone the work in Palestine. Our partners there are in Gaza. We are committed to doing this work when it is possible. All this is in preparation for the production of an international touring show in 2007.

Find out more by visiting the internet space we have opened specially for participation in our development work:

For a fuller description please see Jonathan Chadwick's article available in English, Italian, French, Albanian and Arabic - published in Psychotherapy and Politics International in October 2006.

WAR STORIES: Alcestis, stories of recovery and dialogues with death is supported the European Cultural Foundation, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Roberto Cimetta Fund, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.


Read an account by Jonathan Chadwick, Az Artistic Director, of working in Kosovo on a participatory theatre project on missing persons. Jonathan spent three weeks in Kosovo in November 2005 working with families associations that organise the families and communities of the missing, operating both in the Serb and Albanian communities. This project was initiated and designed by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo Office of Missing Persons and Forensics. Read the report.



In April 2005 Jonathan Chadwick, Az Artistic Director, was invited to direct THE LONGEST WINTER as a consequence of contact with Az Theatre's WAR STORIES project. Here is his account of the work. The United Nations Office of Missing Persons and Forensics have expressed a wish to continue working with theatre.

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