The School (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 Ashraf Al Afifi
Co-Directed by Ismail Dahlan

Is school open yet or is it closed. Does anyone know. Two boys arrive at the place of the school. But there is no school building anymore. They decide to share their favourite subjects: poetry for one, history for the other. And then comes the third, exhausted, hungry, abused, and broken, needing to finish school before his father puts him to work selling vegetables. The boy has to be saved and he will be.


Group 1
Ala – Ayman Othman
Sleiman – Thaer Abu Qumar
Jaber – Mohammed Khader

Technician – Abdullah Al Maghari
Assistant – Mohammed Al Baghdadi

Group 2
Ala – Ismail Dahlan
Sleiman – Imad Al Khawalda
Jaber – Ali Muhanna

Technician – Mohammed Al Zaanein
Assistant – Husam Hamdan

Group 3
Ala – Hassan Al Akhras
Sleiman – Mohammed Al Afifi
Jaber – Fadi Abu Yasin

Technician – Mohammed Radwan
Assistant – Salem Ahmed

Group 4
Ala – Islam Wishah
Sleiman – Baha El Yasgi
Jaber – Tariq Ghabayn

Technician – Hassan Al Barbari
Assistant – Ashraf Al Afifi