Action for Hope theater group started when the organization was a pilot initiative in 2013, and then continued to train and present short theater productions until 2015. The group then presented two productions that toured widely in Lebanon, and were attended by over 1500 people: “Angie & Yallanjie” in 2015 and “The Elephant, Your Majesty!” in 2016. The last performance of the “The Elephant, Your Majesty!” was on 30 August 2017 in “Nehna Wel Amar Wel Jiran” festival in Mar Mekhael, Beirut and was very positively received by an audience of 300 people. This production was also invited to be part of the Arab Arts Focus at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but the group was sadly unable to travel due to legal and political restrictions.
The Action for Hope theater group is now working on a new production inspired by William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
CREATIVE WRITING AND STORYTELLING
In 2016 and 2017, 12 women from refugee communities in Lebanon took part in a training on creative writing that led to publishing the short story collection “A Balcony of Roses”. In parallel, the same group of women participated in storytelling and acting training and presented the performance “Rouge” on 14 and 15 December 2017, as part of Action For Hope’s Awan Festival. The performance will be touring in Lebanon throughout 2018. These women had all previously participated in literacy training organised by Action for Hope in 2015 and 2016.
In December 2017, Action for Hope organized the first edition of “Awan” festival in Beirut to showcase the artwork resulting from our different arts training programs. The 9-day festival included a photography installation, a panel discussion, a storytelling performance, and several concerts and was attended by over 700 people.