The Remote Theatre Finalists 2019

This year there were far more plays submitted than last year and the standard was incredibly high. The huge, international panel of 77 judges have finally reached a very difficult decision and it is as follows :-

There were 180 plays submitted for the competition: 40 performed by younger girls, 20 by younger boys and mixed, 20 by older girls from the West Bank, 80 by older girls from Gaza, and 20 by older boys and mixed. Each of these groups is represented in the final by 10% of the total number of submissions for their category.  They are listed alphabetically in each category below.

Younger girls 

I can smell herGaza Elementary Girls ‘B’ School

I will wait until they open the gateBeach Elem. Co-ed School (C)

The Living Song –  Beit Hanoun Elm. Co-ed “D” School 

The story of a homelandAl Madina Al Munawara Girls School, Rafah


Younger boys and mixed 

Hands UpAl Aqsa Elementary School B

The Lord of Show – Tel- Al sultan Elementary school


Older girls – West Bank

Hope – Hajjah Girls Secondary School, Qalqilia

Success Story  – Japanese Girls School, Aqqaba


Older Girls – Gaza

A Stranger Within – Al Rimal Prep Girls School A

Don’t Look Back – New Khan Younis Prep Girls School

Hand in Hand – Abasan Prep Girls School

It’s Your Choice – Beach Prep Girls School C

One World Different Stories – Al Rimal Prep Girls School B

The Play of the Play – Al Fukhari Prep. Girls School

The Shadow Girl –  Asma Prep Girls B School

The Sky is your Limit – Al Madina Al Monawara Prep Girls


Older boys and mixed

I can – Mae’n prep boys school

Othman the Honest –  Khan Younis prep boys school


On behalf of the judges, the trustees of the Hands Up Project, and all the HUP volunteers around the world, we would like to express our warmest congratulations to all the finalists. All of these plays will be awarded with trophies and will be invited to perform their plays in the West Bank over the next year. One of these plays will be invited to perform at the HUP conference in the UK in April, but this decision will be made later.

Because of the huge number of entries and the very high standard, inevitably some excellent plays have not made it to the final. We would like to also congratulate every single child, teacher and school in Palestine who took part for your creative ideas, your hard work and your commitment to improve your English through making remote theatre. We will be providing detailed feedback to every play over the next month.




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