According to the reports from the NGO Defence for Children International - Palestine, since 2000, an estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank and held in the Israeli military detention system. In light of COVID-19 crisis, United Nations has recently called Israel to release all Palestinian children from detention to ensure their safety.
In response to the dire situation of Palestinian children, performer-playwright Konrad Suder Chatterjee has written and co-directed the 25-minute play, What's Left Is Right, the inaugural production of the newly formed Ahimsa Collective and one of 13 original plays selected for ACT II Theatre Festival. Scheduled for staging at the Arcola Theatre in London in May 2020, the festival was then moved online in response to the ever-changing safety requirements posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Creative Team of "What's Left Is Right" has worked tirelessly, voluntarily, not to let the pandemic prevent this vital story being told.
As a result, the play was premiered online in July this year and so far attracted more than 2,200 views so far. The premiere was followed by a conversation with the ACT II Festival Director, Amy Tickner, the Cast and Crew, and guest speakers - experts in working with Palestinian children: Khaled Quzmar, general director of Defence for Children International-Palestine, and Nick Bilborough, founder of Hands Up Project.
'What's Left Is Right' has so far achieved :
- 2200 viewers of the online premiere in July 2020
- A wonderful theatre review by Serena Ranaivoarinosy published at Arts York
- Selected for the largest student festival in London, ACT II, 2019/2020
- Support from prominent artists: Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila, Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh, Palestinian film maker Moha Almughanni, director of the Palestinian Circus School and Ashtar Theatre Emile Andre Saba, a Palestinian writer and poet Hani Al-Rayes, to name but a few.
- Support from many writers associated with London Writers’ Salon.
With such strong endorsement to take the project further, Chatterjee is spurred to develop the piece into the full-length trilogy of plays on the situation in Palestine, under the same title: What's Left Is Right.
The play invites you to join the conversation about the Israeli detention system as systematic and strategic; as a means of removal of childhood, a suppression of political will, identity, civic participation and occupation resistance.
The project is rigorously researched at School of Oriental and African Studies, UCL and LSE, London, informed by heart-breaking reports from United Nations, its branch UNICEF, and, most importantly, Palestinian victims, their families and their lawyers, whose interests are represented by Defence for Children International - Palestine with its extraordinary campaign NO WAY TO TREAT A CHILD.
The play is going to put on in June 2021 in theatres in London and recorded for online/at-home audiences. The Creative team will ensure that the project is developed and delivered in a pandemic-safe manner. We are considering a full isolation together, putting testing and other measures in place to ensure safety of everyone involved.
How can you help?
This campaign aims to raise sufficient funds to cover the costs of writing, research, and stage production (all of the associated costs: actors, venue hire, stage manager, costume and set designer, travel costs, translator, sound and light designer, costumes, set/props and a research trip to Palestine).
You will have an exclusive look into the creative process as the play is written, rehearsed, put on and recorded for our at-home audience.