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Theater as a necessity

In order to defy the political and social conditions in which they live without falling into vulgarities and counterfeiting, the theater has become indispensable in Gaza.

In a narrow street in the refugee camp Nuseirat on the central part of the Gaza Strip, a type of fuss is heard rarely seen in a male-dominated neighborhood with no particular tolerance for female outbreaks outdoors. The noise comes from a theater scene. On an 25 square footage of composite pallets covered with beige canvas, a group of women actors try to persuade Yousef to drop the desire to emigrate to Belgium to escape conditions on the Gaza Strip.

Women have rarely appeared on a scene in this area due to the social restrictions they are exposed to, which prohibit them from performing with men in an artistic context. Traditionally, men in women's clothing have filled women's roles in television and theater. However, in July 2016, Wissam al-Dirawi, Manal Barakat and Ols Salim decided to rebel against the stereotypes of the local community: They started Bothour for Culture and the Arts, and recently produced a play titled Hashtag.

To stay, in spite. The play is about three young men, played by young actors from the refugee camp, who meet in the port of Gaza – each with. . .

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