The European Union and Al Madina Theatre are proud to present the first edition of Lebanon’s European Theatre Festival, which will be held from 4th to the 30th of October 2018 at Al Madina Theatre, Beirut.
The programme of this first edition is quite diverse, with seven performances from seven different countries showcased in this year’s selection. Lebanon is participation along six European Union Member States, including Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
The festival will open on Thursday 4 October with My name is Rachel Corrie by Rachel Valentine Smith. This British piece highlights the political pawning of people and misrepresentation of ‘east’ and ‘west.’
Other performances include:
- Stranger by Nadezhda Klimenko, a storytelling show created by the non-profit Danish organization RAPOLITICS, where two young refugees tell their personal story of how it is to live like a refugee in Denmark.
- The German play The Metamorphosis after Franz Kafka, by Lama Amine and Victoria Lupton tells the story of Kafka’s protagonist Gregor Samsa who finds himself transformed into an unfamiliar creature. Unable to leave his room or get to work - and caught between trying to set the clock back, and striving to adapt - his perspective is forever changed.
- The French puppet show Voices in the dark by Eric Deniaud and Aurelien Zouki represents the cruel and poetic texts of Matéi Visniec’s and offers a palette of colourful personalities who characterizes a multitude of grotesque characters, numbed by the absurdity of our society, come to life in a minimal set: a window frame opens to the world and its paradoxes.
- Not Long ago, a Lebanese musical written and directed by Nidal Al Achkar in collaboration with musician and singer Khaled Al Abdallah and musicians Mohamad Akil, Nabil Al Ahmar and Ibrahim Akil. It is an autobiography that relates stories of characters that inhabited Nidal’s childhood in her father’s village where she grew up; the village of her ancestors, the village that may have been as she says: “her very first stage”.
- The Sea dies also, by the Lebanese artist Antoine Achkar, is adapted from the texts of Spanish poet and theatre director Garcia Lorca, and stages the last hour in the life of Federico García Lorca before his execution by the fascists for his avant-garde and revolutionary ideas.
- The Italian-Lebanese play Arlecchino Servant of Two Masters by Giulio Goldoni and Joe Kodeih is a modern style adaptation of the famous Commedia dell’Arte play Arlecchino Servant of Two Masters of Carlo Goldoni.
Tickets will be on sale at Al Madina Theatre and Librairie Antoine.
The full program will be available on the website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Delegation of the European Union, as well as the website, Facebook and Twitter accounts of Al Madina Theatre.