The Palestinian National Theatre – El Hakawati – is eager to enrich the Palestinian theatre production. In light of that, it prepares, executes, and presents numerous theatrical productions that target different groups annually, with no less than five theatrical plays per year.
The presented works by the theatre are a mixture of improvisations, writing of new plays, and adopting the works of Arab and Palestinian writers, in addition to preparing and translating international theatrical shows. In most cases, the core of the theatre’s productions is centered on social issues and political concerns. They, nonetheless, focus on artistic works from contemporary sources, traditional culture, and Arab and Palestinian literature.
Tours and Shows
The “EL Hakawati” troop, which later on established the Palestinian National Theatre – El Hakawati, managed to go on its first international tour in 1970, marking the history for the first Palestinian theatre group to take the Palestinian drama around the world. The Palestinian National Theatre, ever since, runs local, regional, and international shows that present hundreds of theatre works in most of the world’s cities and capitals, all the way from Tokyo to Alaska.
On the local level, the Palestinian National Theatre presents its shows in every Palestinian camp, village, and city, whether in the west bank, or the occupied Palestinian lands of 1948, as it presents around 200 shows through these tours (local and international).
The Palestinian National Theatre has taken the Mobile Theatre initiative to break the siege on the city of Jerusalem, to help the audience enjoy theatre productions, and to reinforce the relationship between the theatre and its audience. The Mobile Theatre has allowed hundreds of art shows to be presented to the Palestinian audience in all camps, villages, and cities through the theatre’s cooperation with artistic and cultural Palestinian institutes.