The Syria Trojan Women project combines drama therapy and strategic communications. We aim to help refugees work through PTSD, depression and mental anxiety via suitably chosen drama projects. We try where possible to provide paid employment for refugees. We also work to help refugees and their host communities to understand each other. Through our drama projects we also spread awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis.
The Syria Trojan Women project began by creating drama therapy workshops in Amman, Jordan in autumn 2013, with a group of Syrian women, all of whom were refugees living in Amman. These women and the Syrian creative team put on a theatrical production of Euripides’ anti-war tragedy, 'The Trojan Women' in December, Amman’s National Theatre. The first performances were a great success. We also shot a documentary about the process, Queens of Syria.
We have also produced We Are All Refugees a 6 part pilot for an audio soap opera about Syrian refugees in Jordan, co-written by a Syrian and Jordanian writing team, supported by the UNHCR, to be broadcast on SouriaLi radio and on the internet. This series will highlight and explore issues facing refugees and the Jordanian host community. Broadcast starts 21st December. See News for dates and times. Starring Nawar Bulbul, Asmy Al Hasany, May Scaff, Eyad Hourani, and Nabil Sawalha.
We are now working on various projects, including a tour of the original play and Syrian refugee cast to perform at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland, in October 2014, courtesy of the Talberg Institute; and two events in the US, at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and Columbia University, New York, in late September 2014.
The two US evenings will consist of live-two way debate between the original Amman-based cast of Syria: The Trojan Women, the director Omar Abusaada and audiences at Georgetown (click here to watch) and Columbia University, as well as footage from the documentary and the original play, and a Q&A with the originators of the Syria Trojan Women Project. The events will be virtual, since unfortunately our original cast are unable to travel to the US as their visas have been rejected. Listen here to the story on NPR.
We are looking at expanding the original drama therapy programme to include two new projects, one for Syrian children in Amman, and one for Syrian women in Zaatari camp.
Please see the 'About Us' page for more information on our upcoming projects.
The Syria Trojan Women Project is funded entirely by charitable donations, so we need your support to make this happen. If you would like to support the project please click to donate, or alternatively fill in the contact form below and we will send you our bank details.
Our original performances were 17th-18th December at the National Centre for Culture and Performing Arts, Amman. For current news on the project, please go to our News page. You can also check out the pictures in our Gallery.
Here's what one of our participants, Fatima, has to say about the project:
يهدف مشروع " نساء طروادة سورية" إلى خلق ورشة عمل مسرحي مع نساء سوريات في الأردن .
مسرحية نساء طروادة ،هي مسرحية كتبها يوريبيدس معارضا ما فعله الأغريق بنساء مدينة طروادة.
تحكي المسرحية قصة معاناة النساء في زمن الحرب . ,إذ قد يتغير شكل السلاح ، إلإ ان الحرب تبدو أبدية.
وهناك شبه كبير بين مصير النساء السوريات ، ومصير النساء في طروادة.
ستقوم ممثلة سورية بتدريب النساء لمدة 6 أسابيع على التمثيل. وفي نهاية فترة التدريب ، تعرض النساء المسرحية على الجمهور.وذلك في يومي 17و18 من شهر كانون الأول .
نسعى من خلال هذا العمل إلى إعطاء فرصة للنساء لسرد قصصهن دون وسيط. حيث سيتم دمج تلك القصص في المسرحية الأصلية التي سيقمن بعرضها بأنفسهن.
ومن الأهداف الأساسية للورشة مشاركة النساء في كل نواحي العمل المسرحي، مثل بناء المسرح أو غير ذلك من الأعمال التقنية.
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