‘To understand war completely is to no longer be able to be a warrior’. Rene Girard This will be a report and deliberation on the world premiere Arabic stage
‘To understand war completely is to no longer be able to be a warrior’. Rene Girard
This will be a report and deliberation on the world premiere Arabic stage adaptation of Tolstoy’s War & Peace, currently being presented in Gaza by Theatre for Everybody.
What can this world classic, written in Russia in the 1860s about events there earlier in that century, mean for the people of Gaza? They have suffered three major wars in the last 8 years. Has the meaning of war and the meaning of peace been radically transformed by the history of the later part of the 20th century: the genocidal character of the 1939-45 world war, the use of the Atom bomb by the US, the cold war and the war on terror?
We are now living through what has been called an ‘international civil war’ where the world is divided between ‘war-producing’ countries and ‘war-receiving’ countries. At a time when the ‘peace process’ appears to be a way of carrying out war by other means, what knowledge can be derived from Tolstoy’s work about the nature of peace by people in Gaza or elsewhere?
Az Theatre of which Jonathan Chadwick is artistic director has a ten-year cultural exchange partnership with Theatre for Everybody.
Jonathan Chadwick is a theatre director and writer and is currently working with Az Theatre (www.aztheatre.org.uk ). He has directed with Theatre Foundry, the Crucible Theatre’s Vanguard Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre, Half Moon Theatre, The Roundhouse, Foco Novo, 7:84, and abroad in Australia, Romania, Canada, USA, Serbia and Kosovo. He has also directed and taught at LAMDA, RADA, the London Film School and elsewhere.
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