When a group of tourists visit Bethlehem the last thing they expect is a tour of Palestine’s smallest refugee camp. Inspired by Osama’s true story ‘Visit Bethlehem’ is a fun yet brutal exploration of the highs and lows of one young clown living under military occupation.
Osama is from Al Azza refugee camp in Bethlehem, Palestine. He grew up living under military occupation with tear gas, bullets, nightly curfews and army invasions. His dream is to be a professional clown but with few chances to make money he ends up taking tourists around the birth place of Jesus, the Church of the Nativity. One day he snaps and decides to take his group of visitors to his refugee camp ten minutes down the road and show them the conditions that Palestinians really live under.
A true story, told by a clown, living under military occupation, performed in the streets, alleyways and tunnels of Vault Festival.Book Now
CREATIVE DESTRUCTION is a new company that routes its work in the use of culture as a form of resistance and using art to fight for change, connecting creativity, activism and politics. Through creating cultural events, meetings and exchanges with people and communities on the forefront of social and political change, we aim to build spaces where complexed, radical and new conversations can happen.
OSAMA AL AZZA
Osama Al Azza is a bilingual Palestinian actor born in Al Azza Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. He has trained and performed extensively with The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp. He was banned from traveling for four years so has only had the chance to performed in the West Bank. In 2018 he took go married and moved to London where so far he has performed at the BAC in ‘A Land Without Jasmine’. In London he teaches drama to refugees whilst doing magic at Hamleys toy store. He previously worked as a clown with Red Noses International.
Zoe has directed productions world-wide including at the Young Vic, Schaubühne and New York Skirball. She is an Associate Director of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine where she has worked for the last ten years. Her work has taken her from the heart of some of the most pressing issues in the UK to wars in Afghanistan and Yemen, to the occupation in Palestine, humanitarian crises in Lebanon and Haiti, the refugee crisis in Europe and the Syrian revolution.
Zoe was named one of Vogue’s Major Players of British Theatre and Vanity Fair’s 14 British Theatre Talents Ready to Break Out. She spent a year as a director on attachment at The Old Vic as part of the Old Vic 12 and was previously a Creative Producer at Ice&Fire and an Associate Artist at The Red Room.
Currently on a world tour is And Here I Am by Hassan Abdulrazzak made with Palestinian artist Ahmed Tobasi, which recently won Best Show at Sharm El Sheikh Festival, Egypt.
PRESS ON 'AND HERE I AM' Directed by Zoe Lafferty
★★★★★ "Ahmed Tobasi is a Revelation"
- Liverpool Sound & Vision
★★★★ “Irrevantly funny...charming and compelling”
- The Stage
“As powerful as an AK47”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
★★★★ “An eye-opening and celebratory tale”
- The Reviews Hub
★★★★★ “Infectious... left us wanting to see and hear more”
- North West End
- London Box Office
★★★★ “Celebrates the subversive nature of theatre”
- The Wee Review
★★★★ “An amazing feat”
- Stage Talk Magazine
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