Creation Theatre and Oxfam's one night of Shakespeare from Ramallah

8th May 2012

Creation Theatre and Oxfam's one night of Shakespeare from Ramallah

Oxford's own Creation Theatre Company and International agency Oxfam teamed up to present Ashtar Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Richard II in Oxfam House, Oxford, for the Shakespeare's Globe festival 'Globe to Globe', as part of the Olympic celebrations (Monday 7th May).

Performed in Arabic, the cast took this classic play of power, politics and insurrection and infused it with the tumultuous energy of the Arab Spring.

The performance ran for a month in Jericho in occupied Palestinian territory before two performances at Shakespeare's Globe theatre, London and last night's performance at Oxfam House in Oxford.

Creation Theatre Company Executive Director, James Erskine, said: - "Creation thrives on presenting our audiences with unique theatrical events and here we have brought world-class theatre to Oxford. It's amazing to witness such dynamic theatre all the way from Ramallah on our doorstep."

Barbara Stocking, CEO of Oxfam said, "Oxfam is delighted to be supporting Creation Theatre and Globe to Globe, bringing this incredible opportunity to Oxford. Oxfam celebrates 70 years of working with others to end poverty and injustice around the world this autumn and it is a pleasure to be part of this inspiring and diverse cultural celebration here in our home city.

Two more performances complete the mini-season: Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew, which will be performed in Urdu by Lahore's Theatre Wallay on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May at the North Wall Arts Centre and Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors which will be performed in Dari Persian by Afghan theatre company Roy-e-Sabz on Wednesday 6 June at the Sheldonian Theatre.

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For more information please contact Jonaid Jilani on T: +44 (0)18 65 472193 or M: +44 (0)7810 181514 or jjilani@oxfam.org.uk. Photographs can be found at http://wordsandpictures.oxfam.org.uk/?c=11171&k=3c88c082ed

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Director: Conall Morrison (Associate Artist of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin until Dec 2008, productions at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Lyttleton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, English National Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company).

Creation Theatre Company: 16 years, 45 shows, 350,000 audience members aged 5-95…we are Creation Theatre Company. We want to share stories with you. Amazing, inspiring, memorable stories which change the way we look at the world. We love folk tales, fairytales, classics and, of course, Shakespeare. You don't need a theatre building to make great theatre. The magic happens all over Oxford. We seek out places that have never been used for theatre before, and bring them to life. Our shows are beautiful, ugly, fast, furious, twisted, surprising, spooky, magical, daring, haunting, challenging, inspiring, hilarious, sexy, sassy, cheeky... but never predictable. Our drama training and workshops for the young are shaping the next theatre generation. www.creationtheatre.co.uk

Oxfam: Oxfam is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Since its Oxford-based beginnings in 1942, it has grown into a worldwide force. Oxfam is now working in nearly 60 countries on a diverse range of projects, from providing emergency water sources to supporting community health projects.

Oxfam has one million supporters in the UK. For every £1 donated to its general funds, 83p is spent on emergency, development and campaigning work, 10p is spent on support and governance and 7p is invested to generate future income. Oxfam has more than 700 high street shops across the UK selling donated fashion, books, music, homewares and new ethical products. It is supported by a workforce of 22,000 volunteers. Oxfam also launched the UK's first online charity shop in 2007.

Oxfam has been working in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel since the 1980s. In the occupied West Bank, we are working with olive oil and date farmers, helping them to improve the quality of their products and find new markets. Some of these products, such as olive oil, are now available in the UK. In Gaza, we run a food voucher scheme to help poor families meet their food needs and have repaired damaged water systems. Oxfam GB is affiliated to Oxfam International, a global confederation of 15 independent Oxfams which share the same purpose. Visit www.oxfam.org.uk

Ashtar Theatre: Ashtar is a dynamic Palestinian theatre company with a global perspective, founded in East Jerusalem in 1991. In 2010 the group performed The Gaza Monologues, a series of stories told by the young people of Gaza - an unprecedented theatrical project involving thousands of people and 44 theatre groups from around the world. This vital theatre company brings its direct storytelling style to Shakespeare's great masterpiece of dislocation.

Shakespeare's Globe: Since the Globe theatre reconstruction opened for performances in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe has welcomed visitors from all over the world to take part in workshops, lectures and staged readings; to visit the exhibition and tour the Globe theatre, and to watch productions, ranging from original practices to world premières of new writing and the first play by a woman ever to be performed here.

Globe to Globe: For the first time, 37 international companies present all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 37 different languages in a kaleidoscopic, six week festival at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, starting on Shakespeare's birthday. An opening weekend of celebrations also includes an adaptation of Venus and Adonis by the Isango Ensemble from South Africa, a public open day at the Globe to celebrate Shakespeare and the worlds' languages, and Ngākau Toa's Troilus and Cressida beginning the festival with a haka. Globe to Globe is part of the World Shakespeare Festival and the Cultural Olympiad 2012. Visit www.shakespearesglobe.com