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SAT 7 MAR, 12.30PM - ROYAL COURT THEATRE
 

Join us for the premiere of the short film #frontlineLIPSTICK we have been creating in partnership with the UK's Royal Court and Cactus World Films, about the unexpected process of workshopping a play - remotely- with the Royal Court Theatre's International department, and playwright Nahil Mohana, in Gaza.

Elyse Dodgson, International Directer at the Royal Court, explains the unexpected circumstances that created this film, followed by a sharing of a new play in progress, LIPSTICK, by Gazan playwright Nahil Mohana, directed by Caitlin McLeod with actors Shereen Martin and Sirine Saba. This will be followed by a short presentation by NYT's writer and mental health worker Wasseem El Sarraj.

#frontlineLIPSTICK: a pioneering act of filmic cross cultural collaboration
Gazan playwright Nahil Mohana, having been denied access to come to London by the UK's immigration office, embarks on the Royal Court Theatre's unique International playwright development programme, in a somewhat unusual and pioneering way...  remotely! We follow the process as Nahil's play LIPSTICK, about empowered Palestinian women, is workshopped at the Royal Court with theatre director Caitlin Mcleod and actors Shereen Martin and Sirin Saba. The filmed workshop is then sent to Nahil to respond to, and comment on, and her comments and thoughts are fed into the following day's sessions in London. 

The film  and screening event has been supported by the Women's Playhouse Trust (aka The Wapping Project) and the British Council in Gaza.

£5 or free with a ticket to the Royal Court's production of FIREWORKS

Tickets via the ROYAL COURT: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/the-big-idea-fireworks

Listen to an interview with International Director, Elyse Dodgson, FIREWORKS playwright, Dalia Taha and director, Richard Twyman. Hosted by Royal Court Literary Manager, Chris Campbell.

Filmmakers Maya Sanbar and Georgie Weedon, interviewing the Royal Court's Elyse Dodgson March 2015

Filmmakers Maya Sanbar and Georgie Weedon, interviewing the Royal Court's Elyse Dodgson March 2015

L-R Royal Court's Elyse Dodgson, actress Shereen Martin, filmmaker Maya Sanbar, actress Sirin Saba, theatre director Caitlin Mcleod and filmmaker Georgie Weedon at the Royal Court London on the stage of FIREWORKS March 2015

L-R Royal Court's Elyse Dodgson, actress Shereen Martin, filmmaker Maya Sanbar, actress Sirin Saba, theatre director Caitlin Mcleod and filmmaker Georgie Weedon at the Royal Court London on the stage of FIREWORKS March 2015

The Royal Court's legendary International Director  Elyse Dodgson, on the stage of FIREWORKS March 2015

The Royal Court's legendary International Director  Elyse Dodgson, on the stage of FIREWORKS March 2015

Actresses Sirine Saba and Shereen Martin  on the stage of FIREWORKS March 2015

Actresses Sirine Saba and Shereen Martin  on the stage of FIREWORKS March 2015

                                Gazan playwright, Nahil Mahona

                                Gazan playwright, Nahil Mahona

WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN GAZA:
SAT 7 MAR, 12.30PM
The seminar that was advertised will take an adventurous turn in 
response to playwright Nahil Mohana being refused a visa by the UK Border Agency. In place of the presentation of her work, we have made a short film entitled Front Line Lipstick about her life as a playwright in Gaza, and her response to Shereen Martin and Sirine Saba (of the Fireworkscompany), rehearsing scenes from her play Lipstick, directed by Caitlin McLeod. The film will be screened, and short excerpts from LIPSTICK will also be performed live.*

This will be followed by a presentation from British/Palestinian mental health worker Wasseem El Sarraj on the effects of the recent war in Gaza on local children. We had hoped that Reem Abu Jaber, General Manager of Nawa for Culture and Arts Association in Gaza, would also join the discussion. However Reem has not been permitted to travel by the Israeli authorities.

This will be a sharp and impromptu response to the current 
situation in Gaza for women and children.

*Screening of Front Line Lipstick: a pioneering act of filmic cross cultural collaboration

A collaboration between the Royal Court Theatre, Cactus World Films and Gingerwink Films

Director: Maya Sanbar
Producer: Maya Sanbar 
Director of Photography: Georgie Weedon 
Production and Photography in Gaza: Aya El-Zinati and Khaled Abu Zaid
Editing: Philippa Edwards, Georgie Weedon Aya El-Zinati
Translation: Najla Dowson-Zeidan & Hamada Lazkani.

Supported by Womens Playhouse Trust (aka The Wapping 
Project)

Special thanks to Jules Wright, Alan Smart and the British Council in Gaza

£5 or free with a ticket to Fireworks