Amman Festival to Stage Children’s Plays from Around the World

Haya Cultural Centre marks its 40th anniversary with a specialised theatre for children

November 03rd, 2016
Dominika Vozarova, CD News

The Haya Cultural Centre in Amman, Jordan, and the British Council have signed a memorandum of understanding, establishing a strategic partnership between the cultural centre and puppet theatres for children in the UK.

The Haya Cultural Centre will mark its 40th anniversary with a month of children’s theatre performances from around the world, according to the centre’s general manager, Diala Khamra. The Haya Theatre Festival will feature performances from Lebanon, Spain and Denmark, in addition to a joint performance from the UK and Jordan supported by the British Council, Khamra told The Jordan Times in a recent phone interview.

According to the general manager of the cultural centre, the festival supports the centre’s vision to build a specialised theatre for children and to make live theatre accessible to children and families all year round. Earlier this year the cultural centre launched its family theatre repertory, completing three seasons so far.

“Since its establishment in 1976, the Haya centre has played a pioneering role in the field of children’s theatre. Puppet and specialised plays and performances were produced by the centre... in addition to international partnerships with foreign theatres to produce joint performances,” the manager said. So far performances have included “The journey of Tartoush”, “Fairouz the pomegranate girl” and “A cub unlike any other”.

The upcoming festival will feature performances of “Full moon” by Lebanese writer and director, Karim Dakroub, “A Mano” from the Spanish El Patio Teatro, “Song of the whale” from Teatret Om in Denmark, and “Seesaw”, a Unicorn production adapted and re-produced in collaboration with the HCC.

In order to make the programmes more accessible to a wider and more inclusive audience, two of the performances, “A Mano” and “Seesaw”, will be deaf-friendly, as they do not include as much dialogue in comparison to some of the other plays.

Performances will be staged at the HCC for four weeks, in the morning and the afternoon. Some shows are for public school children, supported by the private sector.


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