In December of last year (2011) Luke Abbott accepted an invitation to work in the Occupied Territories in the deserts of Jericho, Palestine. He has written a powerfully evocative ‘dispatch’ from his hotel in Ramallah. He shares his thoughts and feelings as a visitor to a land held in constant tension. He places the context with absolute clarity. He shares his fears and his struggles with both the politics and the work he is undertaking. And he sends out a plea that is both hopeful and damning.
You can download the first part of the article here. The full version is available in The Journal for Drama in Education Volume 28, Issue 1. In the second part of the article, Luke shares with us the development of an evocative idea and through his words we see “…these delightful, earnest and trusting young people…” grappling with ideas and solving the problems together in unique and surprising ways. This is a remarkable piece of work from a remarkable practitioner and an inspirational man.