Lemon and Mint

What happened when a group of Palestinian lemon farmers in Gaza met a group of Syrian mint farmers in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan? The result is a piece of remote theatre (as well as a delicious drink).

Congratulations to everyone involved in this – all the girls for learning their lines and throwing themselves into their performances so well and everyone involved in preparing all the props, and in painting the brilliant backgrounds. Special thanks to the teachers – Ala’a in Zaatari and Amal in Gaza – for devoting so much of their free time to helping the students bring the script to life as a piece of remote theatre. This is no mean feat of course when working within the constraints of a weak and unreliable internet connection in both locations. If you would like to try using this script with your own students it is available for free download here.

5 thoughts on “Lemon and Mint

  1. Thanks for the post Nick and thanks for writing such a beautiful piece of writing, Lemon and Mint. It was a pleasure for me and my students to do the play with Alaa and Zaatari kids.

    I’m very passionate about using drama as a tool for learning English. I’m not talking about drama performed based on scripts from student’s coursebook. I believe that whenever we relate drama to coursebooks, drama loses part of its magic. I’m very sorry to say that. Real drama should encourage students to respond and communicate with others and the world around us. It should boost their self confidence, raise their cultural awareness, increase their ability of thinking..etc If this happens, it will be reflected on students’ performance inside the classroom, and the process of learning will become a very comfortable experience.

    I believe that doing such piece of remote theatre teaches me and my students to observe other people’s creative products and learn from them and improve ours. Through rehearsing and performing the play we were connected to ourselves trying to improve and develop, and we were also connected with people from the outside learning about and from them.

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    1. Thanks for your very thoughtful comment Amal and thanks for all the hard work you did in getting this play ready for performance. It was a really nice experience to see it coming to life. The only regret I have is that we didn’t have time to fit in a discussion between the kids in Arabic about what the play is about and what it meant to them to perform it. I wonder if you and Ala’a could arrange this between you somehow?

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  2. That’s a wonderful idea Nick! I’d love to do that. I think students would like to share their thoughts and feelings about this amazing experience. They already did that with me actually 🙂 Yes, I’ll talk to Alaa about it. Do you suggest doing it live via Zoom? Or through recorded videos?

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    1. Not sure Amal. I think both ways have their pros and cons. If you do it by recorded video you won’t have the problem of the internet being too weak and we could share the videos here. We could also add English subtitles so that people everywhere could benefit from seeing them.

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  3. OK! Maybe doing it through recorded videos will work better. It will save time and effort and students can do it themselves. They don’t need our help with this I think 🙂

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