Culture Report: Theater for Change

By PATRICIA GOLAN
August 23, 2017 10:08

An impressive Jewish-Beduin co-production for children written and produced in the Negev.




Actors in the Hebrew-language version of ‘Nemesh Bat Shemesh’ performed by the Negev Theater are (fr

Actors in the Hebrew-language version of ‘Nemesh Bat Shemesh’ performed by the Negev Theater are (from left) Nir Saadon, Avishag Kahalani and Elinor Shoshan-Agiv, with Miguel Orbach on top.. (photo credit:EYAL BRIBRAM)

ONE DAY, the sun doesn’t rise and there is endless night. The birds, the moon, the stars, the rooster that expects to crow, all try to wake the sun. But she (the sun is definitely female) refuses to rise. She announces that she’s going on strike because she’s “fed up doing all the work in the world and not getting any credit.”

Thus begins an imaginative theatrical production aimed at young children, a joint project between two professional theater groups in the Negev ‒ one in Hebrew and one in Arabic. The original show, titled “Nemesh Bat Shemesh” (“Freckle, the Sun’s Daughter”) in Hebrew and “Shamshi Shamussi” (“My Precious Sunshine”) in Arabic, combines live performers interacting with filmed animated characters (think Disney’s “Mary Poppins”).

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