Yad Layeled has a long tradition of incorporating theatre-based activities as part of a school visit to the museum. Theatre is an artistic language that awakens critical thinking and empathy through which one can confront complex events and subjects that deal with the Holocaust.
Integrating theatre reflects the educational concept that sees the museum experience as an artistic and aesthetic experience that incorporates the visitor's senses. Watching a play, the intimate meeting with an actor and the discussion afterwards are all an integral part of the educational-pedagogical approach to transmitting the museum's message.
This year, two new actors joined the Yad Layeled staff. As a result, the museum can now present one of two plays every day of the week. The plays cater to different audiences, and the discussion after watching a play is adapted to the age-group of the viewers.
The play "Avramele from There" is presented in two versions by one actor and one actress: Guy Alon and Kinneret Regev Sharvesky. The play deals with the meeting between a child Holocaust survivor and a young Sabra (born in Israel) child. The play reveals the young survivor's difficulty of integration, his anxieties and fears due to his memories from the war, but also the inability of his surroundings to accept him. This story reflects the absorption process and each child's ability to open his heart to the other. This is a timeless story that deals with accepting the other and those who are different from us. The storyline is a catalyst for discussing topics that are relevant to children such as "the other is me", the role of the group in society and the difficulty of change.
Yad Layeled also offers another play. The play "Dance of Joy and Sorrow" tells the story of Lea Fried, a Holocaust survivor who saw her parents for the last time at the age of five. In the play, Lea the adult describes memories and experiences through memory boxes and personal possessions from the past. The boxes on the stage rebuild her past – her home, the monastery in which she was hidden during the war, the walls of the ghetto that enclosed her family - all described through the eyes of young Leah. Through the play and the discussion afterwards, school children are invited to touch upon topics such as children's struggles both during and after the war, objects as memory guardians, living under a false identity and the Righteous Among the Nations.
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