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Malala - girl with book


Theater Osnabrueck


Premiering 02/23

Project type:

Classroom Piece (7th-10th Grade)

Malala Yousafzai is known as the youngest human rights activist in history. In 2008 she began campaigning against the ban on education for girls in her home country of Pakistan. She wrote a blog diary for the BBC about her everyday life under Pakistan's Taliban rule and caused international shock when she was brutally gunned down by Taliban fighters on her way to school in October 2012 at the age of 15. Miraculously, she escaped with her life. In 2014 she became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in 2021 and human rights protests in neighboring Iran, the story of Malala has become a story of millions of women being denied their right to a free, self-determined life.

The text version of this monologue is a mixture of Nick Wood's original, Malala's biography and self-written texts. The classroom piece and the attached follow-up discussion are structured like a theatrical workshop in which the students can interactively help shape the morning in a sitting circle.

Sound recordings bring Malala and her father Ziauddin to life in space, while the actress uses books (filled with fabric panels, blog posts, props, photos, etc.) to bring the magic of education and theater to an everyday space. At the end, a name banner from a last book will be spread out together with the students, on which the names of courageous women and men from Afghanistan and Iran are immortalized.

Malin - Lua Mariell Barros-Heckmanns

Amenities - Lucia freshness
Photos - Uwe Lewandowski

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