How to make a play about the Nakba, after 70 years of struggle, re-telling the story to one other and to the rest of the world? In this new production, Artistic Director Nabil Al-Raee went on a challenging journey together with 3 actors. They wanted to make a play based on facts about the Nakba whilst being critical about the story (or stories?) that have been told over the past 70 years. What is Nakba? What does the story mean to us as Palestinians and to humanity?
Untitled. 70th Nakba?! is exactly as the titled indicates. “Untitled” refers to the unclear situation within and towards Palestine, a situation that has been going on for at least 70 years now. A situation that’s too big to capture in one word or thought. It’s a crime, but it’s more than that – it’s genocide, it’s ethnic cleansing, it’s conspiracy as well as internal conflict.
The play stages three actors, who have gone through a process of research and writing, in order to make a play to challenge the minds of the audience. Through several theatrical styles, the play presents a few small, human stories in a realistic and sometimes humorous way. The three personal monologues in the play enable the audience to connect with the humanity of the Palestinian narrative – all the while informing the audience about the necessary facts about Palestine.
There are too many people who are invisible like me. After 70 years of one of the most disgusting crimes, it’s still going on. 70 years, and it’s still going on. And every day, there is a new crime. That’s why I’m angry, and I am practicing my anger. Is it illegal? To practice anger…? Monologue from Untitled. 70th Nakba?!
Over the years, the narrative of the Nakba has been remembered and retold in several ways. The fact that it is now 70 years ago that lots of Palestinians became refugees, calls for a moment of reflection. The core of the play is to discover the different stories about Nakba and how to think critically about them. We talk about the Palestinian narrative, about how we should unify our stories. We also emphasise the need to use facts, when we want to write history in a just way. We need to grow up and wake up, in order to work on our liberation. A liberation not just from the occupation and of our minds but a liberation for all human beings, suffering from oppression. A liberation starting with valuing all human life as equal. Mustafa Sheta, General Secretary