War Stories

photos from Workshop on (the) War, Palestine Verbatim and Shock and Awe.
War Stories is supported by William Gaskill, Harriet Walter, Maggie Steed, Ariel Dorfman, Caryl Churchill.
An international exploration of theatre and war, of creativity and destruction

 

This exploration of theatre and war, of destruction and creativity was initiated in 2002 when Meeting Ground brought together companies from Algeria, Palestine and Serbia at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania.

After two major collaborations with the United Nations Office of Missing Persons and Forensics in Kosovo and a varied programme of productions and workshops with companies in Algeria, Serbia, Italy, Turkey and Palestine (including the creation of an interactive web site) Az has currently three key extensions of this work:

27-10-2008

Az Theatre are collaborating with the British Council in another GAZA DRAMA initiative. This time we are going to make contact through a video conferencing link with our partners in Gaza, Theatre for Everybody. New date for this event is Thursday 20th November. Find out more.



STATES developed from the WAR STORIES: Alcestis Stories of Recovery and Dialogues with Death international programme of workshops and from a research project with London dance and music conservatoire TRINITY LABAN. This show with music composed by Douglas Finch is ready for its final composition, development and production phase. See more about STATES

LIFE ON THE BORDERLINE by Hoshiar, an ex-asylum seeker’s poetic and graphic account of statelessness, toured to four London venues in November/December 2007 and awaits further development in the UK or in Germany. See more about LIFE ON THE BORDERLINE

MILLITH KARAV is a special extension to Kashmir of the methodologies and preoccupations of the WAR STORIES project. A research phase supported by the Kashmiri Bhawan Centre was undertaken in September 2007. A proposal has been produced and the building of the infrastructure for this 15-month project is underway. See more about Millith Karav

GAZA DRAMA presented the work of Theatre for Everybody from Gaza, Palestine on July 17th 2007. Because of the closures to the Gaza Strip, Theatre For Everybody’s two founder members, Jamal Al Rozzi and Hossam Madhoun were unable to come. Az Theatre decided to create an event that would be a presentation of their work against the background of the recent history and current situation in Gaza and to follow this up with a public telephone call to Jamal and Hossam that could be shared by the whole audience. See more about Gaza Drama

WAR STORIES workshops, events and presentations from 1999-2005:
WORKSHOP ON (THE) WAR
(Tricycle Theatre London 1999)

Artists from all over the world working together to share stories about the impact of war to enhance understanding on the occasion of the NATO attacks on Yugoslavia.

"On a personal level, I felt very liberated from the burden of that particular incident, I also felt very drained and yet I wanted more. I left the workshop with the intense desire to carry on with this exercise and with those people" feedback letter from a participant

For the full written and photographic report - contact us.

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THE MAKING AND THE UNMAKING WORKSHOPS (Sibiu 2000 and 2001)

Working with theatre artists and young people to explore the impact of the war as guests of the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania.

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WAR STORIES SIBIU 2002

Drawing together theatre artists from Masrah El Tedj (Algeria), Theatre for Everybody (Palestine), Growing Up Theatre (Yugoslavia) and Meeting Ground (UK) with student participants from Sibiu University undertaking a series of workshops to look at war from different perspectives.

"During these days I feel melting in me so many emotions, thoughts, fury, rage, calm, peace, innocent people, victims, traumas, screams, tears, but most of all love...Thank you, so much, for letting me walk with you on the bridge of human understanding." Letter from a participant.

For a full report of this work - contact us.

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WAR STORIES BELGRADE 2004

For a report on the workshops in Belgrade see here.

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JUST WAR STORIES WORKSHOPS
(Royal Court Theatre 2002)

A series of workshop bringing together culturally diverse artists and others to explore personal stories about war.

"On a more mundane, social level, both War Stories workshops that I have participated in have, in my view, done a very important thing, which is counteracting the circumstances that create war and that is the coming together of people to take ownership and responsibility for this important issue. In other words through this work we are not just leaving it up to the powers that be." Letter from a participant.

For a full report of this work - contact us.

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THE LONG JOURNEY HOME WAR STORIES WORKSHOPS (Leicester 2002)

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PALESTINE VERBATIM
(London 2002)

A public reading in Trafalgar Square of testimonies from Palestine about the reinvasion of the West Bank

"What made the pieces so particularly devastating was their very telling precision and detail in their chronicling of what has gone on".
comment from an audience member

An illustrated guidebook, including the text, can be downloaded in PDF format (198kb)

Palestine Verbatim
EVERYDAY PALESTINE
(London 2002)

Public readings of testimonies from Palestine read out at various locations during Christmas shopping in London's West End.

For the text and details of this work - contact us.

Palestine Verbatim
SHOCK&AWE
(Cockpit Theatre London 2003)

Series of events organised by Meeting Ground and Cockpit Theatre in collaboration with Artists Against The War drawing together artists from different cultures and disciplines to perform short pieces responding to the attack on Iraq. For further details - contact us.

WAR STORIES

A season of plays, special events, talks, workshops, seminars, exhbitions and poetry... directed by Jonathan Chadwick. At oh!art, Oxford House, November 2004.

See reports and images from the season.

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THE LONGEST WINTER

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.

PARTICIPATORY THEATRE PROJECT ON MISSING PERSONS IN KOSOVO

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.