The Act

Breaking Down Stereotypes and Unraveling Truths

Through theatrical techniques and the art of storytelling, this play reflects the unfiltered reality of Tunisian society, addressing common gender stereotypes and the longstanding gender gaps and norms around caregiving.
Yosr Galai is a talented woman who wears many hats. She is a Tunisian theatre Actress, Screenwriter, Assistant Director and University Professor. She works as a pharmacist in a dimiology laboratory at Pasteur Institute in Tunis. She has been performing as a theatre actress for the past 20 years. She started her acting career by taking lessons and workshops from her mentor Taoufik Jebali at El Teatro, an art and creation space. She is inspired by the daily lives of the people around her and by her many readings including the scripts she is going to write or perform. As a Tunisian woman, she is familiar with the social and economic dimensions of the care economy but never thought about putting the notion into an artistic performance until she read an article by Magdalena Mach, a Middle East Studies and Philosophy graduate from Austria. In her article, Magdalena sheds light on the care economy in the Arab countries, focusing the scope of her research on Tunisia. Yosr is an ambitious woman and aims for bigger artistic projects like directing a theatrical play in the future.

A Display Window is a play that offers an invited commentary on the core and dimensions of the care economy in Tunisia, showcasing real instances and gender stereotypes about what is happening in private and public settings. The majority of the characters of this play were assigned traditional gender roles and displayed traditional gender behavioral traits, with often female characters receiving harsher punishments or outcomes for deviant behaviors than male characters. In essence, this play is about gender and complex human experiences, as part of the Tunisian collective consciousness.