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Prisoners of the Occupation, 2019


Palestinian political prisoners are the most hidden victims of the Israeli occupation. Camera recordings of any part of the prisons are subject to strict approval and some sections have never been publicly documented. In this play, writer and director Einat Weizman enter to this dark spot of the Israeli occupation and provides a precise, clinical, description of the process of incarceration as narrated by current and former prisoners. The play is the result of a long research process, of interviewing and hearing testimonies from prisoners and ex-prisoners, actively involved at every stage of the creation – from writing to dramaturgy and mis-en-scene. The prison experiences that are uncovered include interrogations, hunger strikes, solitary confinement and family visits, as well as diving into the prisoner consciousness. The play reveals a hard and brutal reality, but also an account of human endurance and solidarity.

Playwright | Einat Weizman and political prisoners

Adoptor and translator  | Marius Kolbenstvedt

Director |  Marius Kolbenstvedt

Artistic and thematic consultant |  Vibeke Harper

Scenography and visual elements consultants |  Michiel Jansen (Minerva Art Academy, Groningen, The Netherlands)

Actors | Terje Ranes, Nora Svalheim, Gisle Hass, Eva-Lotta Sanberg and Terje Skonseng Naudeer, Tuva Hennum and Benjam

photos by: Vibeke Harper

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