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Theater for Everybody evolved from the now-defunct Gaza Theater Lab, itself a product of successive drama training initiatives by Ashtar, the Dutch, Norwegian and Belgian governments aimed at the establishment of an alternative theater in the Gaza Strip. The principal aim of this three-person ensemble is to create socially-aware theater which can enhance understanding of current issues, particularly amongst the young. It performs classical plays from world authors such as Brecht, Pinter as well as leading Arabic playwrights such as M Edwan, M Kamal Jaber, A Salem and Abed Taqach, but its main area of activity is improvisational theater. In this respect it creates plays based on subjects such as Gaza's rubbish problem, accompanied by workshops offering the audience opportunities for discussion and reflection. In some productions it also employs techniques based on the philosophy of the 'theater of the oppressed' to offer audience members the opportunity to come on stage, stop the action and replace one of the actors in order to try out his or her own solution to the problem. Theater for Everybody appeared at the Amman Festival in 1998 performing Athol Fugard's 'The Island'.