Refugees

Oxford University student magazine article on Antigone

Oxford University student magazine article on Antigone

"They hope for peace, waiting to return to the graves of their loved ones and being able once again to smell the sweet jasmine of home. Until then, theatre can go some way in helping them to come to terms with the events." 

NPR's radio & print story on Antigone of Syria

NPR's radio & print story on Antigone of Syria

Barefoot in a yoga studio in Lebanon's capital Beirut, a couple dozen actresses raise voices and stretch bodies that had grown used to being quiet and still.

"Go on," they cry as a clapping exercise speeds up, and they fill the room with whoops and uninhibited yells.

But these women aren't professional actresses. In fact, they're refugees from Syria, and this production of the Greek tragedy Antigone is a project designed to help them deal with their trauma.