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Prague group to stage Palestinian author’s play on refugee life

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Prague, Nov 2 (CTK) – A drama group that Palestinian puppeteer, musician and social worker Husam Abed founded with his Czech colleagues, will perform Smooth Life, a play in which Abed depicts life in a refugee camp based on his personal experience, the organisers have told the media.

The performance of the Dafa Puppet Theatre group, established by Abed and his Czech colleagues, will take place in Prague´s Alfred ve dvore theatre twice a day on November 10 and 11.

As part of the performance, the visitors will also attend a joint meal.

Each performance will be played for eight spectators only, and will have a character of a home performance.

In late November, the performance will also be presented in Prague´s Archa theatre.

“Smooth Live offers a noteworthy view on a certain person´s life – which is so different from our European experience but still full of love, hope and expectations,” Marta Ljubkova, a teacher from the Prague-seated Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) who produced the performance, is quoted as saying.

Abed, of Palestinian origin, was born and grew up in a refugee camp in Jordan. In his play, he charmingly and impressively narrates the story of his own family in the context of the political developments linked to Palestine in the past 30 years.

Abed is a graduate from DAMU, majoring in the puppet and alternative theatre art. He initiated the establishment of the Jordan-Czech Dafa Puppet Theatre that combines the elements of narration and puppet theatre.

Abed co-established the festival Flying Freedom and Amman Theatre Lab, held in Poland and Jordan, respectively, and he is a member of the French-based UNIMA puppeteers´ organisation.

The Smooth Life was previously played at festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad. In 2015, it won the prize of the jury at the International Theatrical Festival in Lomza, Poland, for an original artistic achievement.

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