Palestinian Theatre Now

Palestine has long had a rich and active theatre scene, working in the incredibly challenging and restrictive circumstances of the Israeli occupation, which has seen theatremakers silenced in numerous ways. In recent months, this violence has escalated and accelerated at an alarming rate, and in the UK, numerous events in support of Palestine and Palestinian arts have been cancelled, raising concerns around silencing, censorship, and free expression.

The Royal CourtEnglish PEN and Shubbak are honoured to host a panel discussion with two theatremakers visiting from Palestine: Iman Aoun, co-founder of ASHTAR Theatre (Ramallah) and Marina Barham, General Director of Al Harah Theater (Beit Jala), alongside UK-based playwright and screenwriter Hannah Khalil, as they discuss the lived realities of making theatre in Palestine and in the UK and how theatre itself can be used as a medium for dialogue and resistance.

The discussion will be chaired by non-fiction writer and arts professional Amber Massie-Blomfield.


Sat, 20 July 2024

10 am - 12 pm

Tickets are £5


The Royal Court Theatre

50-51 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

About The Royal Court
The Royal Court Theatre is the writers’ theatre. They are a leading force in world theatre for cultivating and supporting writers – undiscovered, emerging and established.

Since 1956, we have commissioned and produced hundreds of writers, from John Osborne to Jasmine Lee-Jones. We open our doors to the unheard voices and free thinkers that, through their writing, change our way of seeing. 

About English PEN
English PEN is one of the world’s oldest human rights organisations and the founding centre of PEN International, a worldwide writers’ association with 130 centres in more than 90 countries. The charity works to promote literature and to defend freedom of expression in the UK and internationally.