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For the past five years The Hands Up Project has been successfully working with drama with refugee children in Palestine – mostly in Gaza. We help to establish and maintain drama clubs in UNRWA and Ministry of Education schools, we arrange online drama and storytelling activities with our network of volunteers around the world, and we run an annual playwriting competition for Palestinian children (for which we were awarded a 2019 British Council ELTon award for innovation). We also enable children in these contexts to perform their plays remotely at schools, libraries, theatres and conferences around the world. But how can we conduct online drama activities in a such challenging contexts, where learners have very little previous experiences of drama, and where technical resources are extremely limited. What may be the purposes and benefits of creating and performing drama for these children? To answer this question this evening’s event will include several very short remote plays created and performed live through Zoom by young people in Gaza. There’ll also be the opportunity to meet and talk to the inspirational performers and teachers in Gaza who are behind this incredible work.

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