Theatre in Palestine: Ashtar in London with Richard II

Video was recorded for Arabic News Broadcast TV. The reporter interviewed Sami Metwasi, who played the role of Richard II, Iman Aoun, who founded Ashtar Theatre, and Amer Khalil, who works in theatre with young people in Gaza and the West Bank. (Video is in Arabic.)

Richard II

Morrison, Conall 2012

Performed in Palestinian Arabic by the Ashtar Theatre (with scene description in English). As Bolingbroke accuses Mowbray of treason and murder, and the two men prepare to fight a duel, King Richard intervenes and banishes them both from England. Already unpopular with his lords the monarch angers his supporters further by selling land to fund the disastrous war in Ireland. With the help of those alienated from Richard’s support, Bolingbroke returns to England with an army to seize the throne from the unpopular king in this modern day adaptation of the work. Read More