A detailed account of Aperta's search for a rehearsal venue as they wade through the heat, traffic and casual racism that riddles Beirut.
Hi, I'm Dina. My role is to train the women to use their bodies, voices and work together as a team. I'll be cataloguing the trials and tribulations of the workshops as we prepare to lead them out on to the stage for the first time in their lives. We have 8 weeks. This is my blog - hope you enjoy reading....and check back for regular updates.
The day before we begin, I go to Shatila refugee camp with producers Itab and Hal to meet the women who will be taking part in the project.
This was our first day on the ground in Beirut. We had planned for it to be quite challenging given the intangible nature of the concept; we knew that none of these women will have been to the theatre before and that many would be unable to read and write. And even if they are interested there is the added difficulty of convincing their husbands/fathers/brothers to allow them to do it. So how is it possible that it only takes one visit to the camp and we've got our actors?!