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"My life in Lebanon is hard -- making ends meet, keeping a roof over our heads.Matar is one of 30 women, all refugees and asylum-seekers, who make up Staging Sisterhood, a theater troupe residing in Lebanon and the U.K.Performing simultaneously via Skype at The Palace Hamra, in Beirut, and London's Southbank Centre, the two groups will engage over a live-streamed tale of connecting over distance and how technology both facilitates and frustrates communication.The performance coincides with Refugee Week, in hope that it will offer the audience a more nuanced picture of refugees.Every other rehearsal has been conducted over Skype," she added, "and we've also had a WhatsApp group that all 30 women are a part of, which they have used to share video clips, images, text [where necessary, they've used Google Translate], and emojis".The women wrote the script over the last three months, infusing the fictional tale with their own stories.The Palace Beirut has been trying to upgrade its internet connection in time for the Skype performance. The team has embraced technical difficulties as part of the story they want to share.
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