Picnic on the Battlefield (Gaza 2009)


"We bring you this play to symbolize the worthlessness that war has on the world"

Dear Students,

The play “Picnic on the Battlefield” was written by the Spanish writer Fernando Arrabal (who is still living today). The story of this play is not about any specific war. It is about the idea of war.  Everyone in Palestine understands the political situation. We do not make this play to discuss this question. We bring it to you to show how, in truth, we are all one people in Palestine. The two main characters are exactly the same. They share the same ideas and beliefs.  Even their names are similar. So we ask you, “why does mankind make war?”

Written by Fernando Arrabal
Directed by Richard Glockner

The Actors
Rafat Al Aydeh – The Father

Morad Al Mughari – The Mother

Mohammed Al Hissi - Zapo

Ahmad Sirhan - Zepo

Ali Muhanna – Stretcher Carrier 1

Ashraf Al Afifi – Stretcher Carrier 2

Translated by Amer Khalil and Nancy Shourati
 Design Team

Lighting Design by Philippe Andrieux

Design by Jackie Lubeck

Assistant Designer - Ashraf Sirhan

Assistant Designer - Ward Nasrallah

Technical Team

Ahmad Qadada

Riyad Al Akhras

Mohammed Nofal

Abduallah Al Mughari

Mohammed Ammar


Randa Muhanna

Amal Abu Dawood

Dalia Sakani

Dina Zbeidat

Francis Tams

Artistic Director – Jan Willems