A Middle Eastern Stage
A dynamic creative partnership between people, cultures and languages. In the heart of the old mixed city of Jaffa, one of the liveliest areas of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.
Inspired by both tradition and modernity, Arabic and Hebrew speaking artists write, direct and play. Founded in 1998, the theatre is housed in a historic building by the sea. It shares its premises with the Arab Al Saraya Theatre company. The two companies work independently and jointly. Productions are in Hebrew and Arabic, in some cases with English subtitles.
…. producing a new reality
Jaffa Theatre is a socially involved fringe establishment whose plays often confront pressing issues and conflicts. Following each show, actors and directors hold a dialogue with the audience. Theatre festivals dedicated to children, women and the diversity of Middle East cultures are regularly held.
Performances take place both in Jaffa and countrywide, in major cities and peripheral centers, as well as abroad. A variety of other cultural projects, including workshops, educational programs, art exhibitions, music and literary evenings are also offered.
“… the only sane Island in the Israeli theatre, where a deep dialogue takes place between two cultures: Jewish and Arabic. This is not a hypocritical attempt to prove co-existence, but a real intention to give an equal stage to both cultures. ” Ofira Henig, leading theatre director
“A part of the Arab-Hebrew Theatre’s distinctiveness is the way the audience takes an active part in some of the plays…I was witness to a small miracle of the kind you can only find in a real fringe theatre.” Time Out, Tel Aviv
“….. Jaffa Theatre – A Stage for Arab Hebrew Culture is an institution that insists on going its own unique way… finding materials that promote sensitive reflection and not militancy…..the captivating air of innocence is the key to the special charm of this small theatre in Jaffa, where the surrounding cruel reality is set aside for a moment and is replaced by a kind of gentle dream of reconciled and vibrant coexistence.”
Shai Bar Yaacov, Theatre critic, Yediot Aharonot