First-hand testimonies from the occupied territories.
Palestine Monologues explores the day-to-day experiences of life under Israeli occupation and also highlights some of the turning points individuals have had when they have seen past the dominant and conflicting narratives perpetuating the conflict.
“No one wants to hear what’s going on in the occupied territories – it is one of the biggest taboos in Israel. It’s the dirt from that backyard that you do everything to keep in the backyard.”
- Former Israeli Defense Force soldier
“It is our right to live in a better place than a refugee camp. To live like those who live in the heart of Tel Aviv. To see the sea. These are simple dreams.”
- Riyad, a Palestinian
“Palestine Monologues is not drama in the way many people would think – it is absolutely real and it provides us with a fantastic vehicle to tell people about what is actually going on. So many people just say, ‘Why should we bother with those terrorists?’ and that’s because they do not understand the situation, the day-to-day experience. It also beautifully takes us through some of the history which is not clear to people.”
-Susan Murphy, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Liverpool
“Tales such as these, told in the words of those who experience the injustice, remind you of how powerful theatre can sometimes be, and also put a lot of things in perspective.”
-James Hadley, Arts Council England
Launched at the Arcola Theatre, London, on October 4 2008 and the Theatre Royal York on November 1.