Palestinian Theatre in the West Bank

Our Human Faces

  • Gabriel Varghese

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gabriel Varghese
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  3. Gabriel Varghese
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  4. Gabriel Varghese
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  5. Gabriel Varghese
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 149-166

About this book


Since the 1990s, Palestinian theatrical activities in the West Bank have expanded exponentially. As well as local productions, Palestinian theatre-makers have presented their work to international audiences on a scale unprecedented in Palestinian history. This book explores the histories of the five major theatre companies currently working in the West Bank: Al-Kasaba Theatre, Ashtar Theatre, Al-Harah Theatre, The Freedom Theatre and Al-Rowwad. Taking the first intifada (1987-93) as his point of departure, and drawing on original fieldwork and interviews with Palestinian practitioners, Gabriel Varghese introduces the term ‘abject counterpublics’ to explore how theatre-makers contest Zionist discourse and Israeli state practices. By foregrounding Palestinian voices, and placing theories of abjection and counterpublic formation in conversation with each other, Varghese argues that theatre in the West Bank has been regulated by processes of colonial abjection and, yet, it is an important site for resisting Zionism's discourse of erasure and Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid. Palestinian Theatre in the West Bank: Our Human Faces is the first major account of Palestinian theatre covering the last three decades.


West Bank Al-Kasaba Theatre Ashtar Al-Harah Theatre The Freedom Theatre Al-Rowwad Zionism Israel intifada Hebron

Authors and affiliations

  • Gabriel Varghese
    • 1
  1. 1.The Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant)East JerusalemPalestine, State of

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