The Friend (Gaza 2013)


About the Summer Games
Losing and Finding is the theme of a collection of 6 plays made for children and youth during the summer of 2013. The plays are about the precious things that are lost in wars and how people, by nature, find ways to fill this loss. The title of each play is the lost thing.

In order to reach a wide audience, we had 22 teams of actors and actresses. Some of the plays were made 3 times and some 4. Four of the plays were made as graduations projects. Over 150,000 kids and adults saw a play during the summer of 2013.

All six plays were written by Jackie Lubeck
Dramaturgy and Artistic Director – Jan Willems

Wonderful TDP Team – Rafat Al Aydi, Mohammed Al Hessi, Amal Abu Dawoud, Maryam Enaia, Rawia Mustaha, Rania Al Shawwa, Ola Salem, Riyad Al Akhrass, Ahmed Qadada, Mohsen Abu Al Khair and Henriette Araman and Francis Tams.

International Experts – Lin van Ellinckhuijsen, Bart Kiene, Philippe Lemaire, Peter Oskam, Muriel Besmer , Casper Vandeputte.

Directed by Rafat Al Aydi

What happens when your best friend moves to Canada? Forever. In a flashback, 3 old ladies retell the story of how this separation happened and remember the attempt to create a best-friend-replacement. And as we know, no one is irreplaceable.

Group 1
Jihan – Rowand Nofel
Jalila – Hana Al Ghoul
Shaza – Soheir Al Ghoula

Understudy for all 4 Groups – Ahlam Al Noori
Technician – Mohammed Al Habil
Assistant – Hassan Enaia

Group 2
Jihan – Hana Abdel Nabi
Jalila – Elham Al Shihri
Shaza – Reem Al Umoor

Technician – Mohammed Abu Rezek
Assistant – Ahmed Hamdan

Group 3
Jihan – Hiba Ashour
Jalila – Anwar Al Ghawash
Shaza – Amany Abu Maghaseeb

Technician – Ahmed Yunis
Assistant – Zaki Abu Yousif

Group 4
Jihan – Maysa Al Darabi
Jalila – Aisha Ahmad
Shaza – Sabreen Shaat

Technician – Sliman Abu Setta
Assistant – Ibrahim Shatat