Verbatim Theatre Project, Alrowwad Theatre and Culture Centre, Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine, 12 July 2017
by ray goodlass
A very short entry today as Wednesday is the one day of the week Alrowwad closes, so all I’ve done is reach a decision that I need to have the student actors’ verbatim theatre stories sorted by the weekend, and I’ve acted on it.
By ‘acted on it’ I mean I’ve prepared an instruction sheet for the student actors, which I’ll copy and paste below, laying down the time frame for having their typed up stories in by Saturday so that they can be translated for me by Monday.
I can them start to assemble a script, which in its early stages will be the running order of the stories. I’ll need to impose this time frame or we’ll never have a show ready before I finish;. cup here at the end of the month.
Here are the story instructions:
THE NAKBA IS NOT JUST A MEMORY, IT IS ONGOING
All student actors must choose at least one of the following types of story for our play/film. You may choose to write more than one.
They must all be about things that happened, and must be written in the first person. However, if you are telling the story of how your family came to be at the Aida Camp because of the 1948 Nakba you can write that you are telling the story that your great grandmother (for example) told top your mother or father.
Please remember this is a verbatim theatre/film project, so all stories must be truly told, as things really happened, or how you feel about living in the Camp.
Please type these up in Arabic on your own computer, or use one in the Library at Alrowwad.
Please give them to Ray on Saturday morning so that they can be translated into English, ready for him to start to asse3mble the script on Monday.
The types of story are:
Long Story: How your family came to be at the Aida Camp because of the 1948 Nakba. To keep it in the first person you can write that you are telling the story that your great grandmother (for example) told to your mother or father.
Short Stories about things that have happened to you at the Aida Camp or in Bethlehem: such as Momen’s ‘Rubber Bullet’ story.
Stories about living in Aida Camp: You could write about a normal day, or an unusual day, or a bad day, or a very good day when something special happened.
Ambitions: You could also write about your ambitions for the future, including the career you would like to pursue, and what obstacles there might be in your way.