Three wars in the last three decades, and bombs that continue to claim tens of lives of civilians and security officials every month across Iraq, in Baghdad, Karbala, Kirkuk. Yesterday (13th June), across Iraq, there was a further wave of bombings, leaving at least 93 people killed - but these words can mean nothing.
Voices of Baghdad are those of ordinary Iraqi citizens, of Ali, Fouad, Yasir and Mostafa: four little boys playing ‘count the dead soldiers’ on the road from Basra; four little boys marching to war; four young men singing for their country over a woman fighting to have her voice heard; one young Muslim man singing Hallelujah for the 58 victims of yet another explosion (in Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church, Karade, Baghdad).
This July, 19th-29th, the four young Iraqi actors and their director have been invited to come to the UK to tell their stories and to participate in the workshops, debates, collaborations between 100 young people from Oxford, and 100 others from across the world at Pegasus Theatre’s MESH youth festival 2012.
The performance will be on Thursday 24th July, provided they can raise the outstanding funds.
In the last weeks before they are due to come, they need your help to make it happen!
For an example of Teatro di Nascosto - Hidden Theatre’s work, see a short YouTube video documenting ‘The Auction,’ a theatre reportage on stories from Iran and Palestine that was performed in London on Friday 8th June, and will be in Ramallah, Palestine in 3 weeks for the international youth theatre festival hosted by the Ashtar Theatre (Gaza Monologues).