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Palestinian Theatre in the West Bank

Our Human Faces

Authors: Varghese, Gabriel

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  • Represents the first major account of Palestinian theatre covering the last thirty years
    Rests upon original fieldwork (interviews, participant observation, performance analysis and case studies) carried out in the West Bank
    Places the voices of theatre-makers at the centre of its enquiry

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About this book

Since the 1990s, Palestinian theatrical activities in the West Bank have expanded exponentially. As well as local productions, Palestinian theatre-makers have presented their work to international audiences on a scale unprecedented in Palestinian history. This book explores the histories of the five major theatre companies currently working in the West Bank: Al-Kasaba Theatre, Ashtar Theatre, Al-Harah Theatre, The Freedom Theatre and Al-Rowwad. Taking the first intifada (1987-93) as his point of departure, and drawing on original fieldwork and interviews with Palestinian practitioners, Gabriel Varghese introduces the term ‘abject counterpublics’ to explore how theatre-makers contest Zionist discourse and Israeli state practices. By foregrounding Palestinian voices, and placing theories of abjection and counterpublic formation in conversation with each other, Varghese argues that theatre in the West Bank has been regulated by processes of colonial abjection and, yet, it is an important site for resisting Zionism's discourse of erasure and Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid. Palestinian Theatre in the West Bank: Our Human Faces is the first major account of Palestinian theatre covering the last three decades.

About the authors

Gabriel Varghese is an associate research fellow at the Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant) in East Jerusalem. His research engages with anti-/post-/de-colonial theatre, performance and literature, and the questions they raise about social movements, dramaturgies of urban life, and regimes of gender, sexuality and race. He is also a playwright, theatre director, and co-artistic director of Sandpit Arts, an award-winning platform for producing film, music and performance events. He holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Exeter.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-23

    Varghese, Gabriel

  • Cultural Intifada, Beautiful Resistance

    Pages 25-63

    Varghese, Gabriel

  • Aren’t We Human?

    Pages 65-90

    Varghese, Gabriel

  • A Stage of One’s Own

    Pages 91-118

    Varghese, Gabriel

  • Acting on the Pain of Others

    Pages 119-148

    Varghese, Gabriel

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-30247-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Palestinian Theatre in the West Bank
Book Subtitle
Our Human Faces
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30247-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30247-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30246-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 166
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