Idan Meir

After finishing his Masters in Writing, Directing and Dramaturgy in Tel Aviv University in 2008, Idan co-founded the Forum Theatre Group Tulkarem – Tel-Aviv (Israel-Palestine) – A theatre group that aims to build a bridge between cross border communities through Forum Theatre as part of Combatants for Peace (CFP). CFP is an Israeli/Palestinian movement that strives to end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through non-violent means.

As well as his work in CFP, Idan also worked with Peace Child Israel as a Theatre Director for three years. Peace Child Israel aims to educate for democratic values, tolerance and mutual respect amongst Arab and Jewish teenagers from cross-communities by creating meaningful theatre.

Since moving to Donegal in June 2011, Idan has founded Face to Face, an Intercultural Forum Theatre Group with support from the Intercultural Resource Centre and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. Face to Face stage regular Forum Theatre productions that deal with issues of racism, sectarianism and social exclusion. Their last production was programmed as part of the One Donegal Cultural Diversity Festival in November 2012.

Idan has been working with An Grianan Theatre for the past 12 months on a cross-border disability awareness Forum Theatre Project. In collaboration with a group of adults with physical disabilities and sensory impairments, he devised two plays based on their personal stories of living with disabilities. This work toured to audiences of over 500 people North and South of the Border.

Idan has worked with leading Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioners such as Chen Alon, Adrian Jackson, Barbara Santos and Julian Boal.

As well as being a theatre director Idan is also a playwright. His most recent play is Bassam, based on the true story of Basam Aramin, co-founder of CFP. By writing and directing Bassam, Idan brought to the Israeli and Irish audiences the story of a bereaved Palestinian father who lost his daughter in January 2007. The Play was produced in 2012 by An Grianan Theatre and toured to 21 venues across Donegal, Northern Ireland and abroad to France.

Idan’s work is continually informed and inspired by the stories from the people and the communities with whom he works.

 

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