How to buy ‘Toothbrush and other plays’

“A kaleidoscope of settings: living room, schoolroom, woodwork room,
street, olive grove, border crossing; of emotions: friendship, love, hate,
loyalty, jealousy, empathy, fear, terror, resignation, but above all,
hope. Each play an insight into young people’s lives in Palestine”
Jane Willis, ELT author

“Being a judge for the play competition was an amazing experience. Huge congratulations to the Hands Up Project for getting so much involvement and enthusiasm for drama from so many different schools in Palestine.
Ken Wilson, ELT author and founding member of the English Teaching Theatre


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‘Toothbrush and other plays’ is a collection of 30 of the best 5 minute plays that were created and performed by Palestinian young people as part of the 2017 Hands Up Project playwriting competition.  It contains a foreword by Scott Thornbury, a preface by  Matthias Smale, the director of UNRWA Gaza, and an introduction by Nick Bilbrough.

The plays are organised into four themed chapters; Family, School, Freedom and Imagination, and are suitable to be read and/or performed by learners of English anywhere in the world. Each play includes a youtube link with a video of the performance by the actors. There are also notes from the teacher about how each play was made and how the learners benefitted from the experience. The books have already been donated to each of the 150 Palestinian children who have a play published in it.

To buy a copy if you are in the UK please arrange a bank transfer for £9.95 plus £3.00 to cover postage and packing using the following details and your name as a reference:-

Account number: 00029718

Sort Code: 405240

Please send us an email at info@handsupproject.org once you have done this to provide the address to post the book to.

To buy a copy if you are outside the UK please make a payment via Paypal using email address info@handsupproject.org for £9.95 plus £5.00 to cover postage and packing. Please provide the postal address when you make the payment.

All proceeds from sales go towards providing for the costs involved in this year’s competition.

Rosa Parks - books
The cast of “Rosa Parks’ receiving their books in an UNRWA school in Beit Laquiya, Gaza