I do not remember the first play I ever saw, but during my childhood I do know that I was never taken to the theatre; partly because there is no professional theatre in my village, Daliat el Carmel, and also because neither my parents nor my teachers ever took me to one of the established theatres. As a child, I did not consider the theatre as part of my world, and so I never bothered to go. When I began to learn about theatre from art and history books, I naively believed that it belonged to the Greeks and Romans-not to me-just as central Haifa, where the Jewish upper classes lived, did not belong to me; neither did the Hebrew morning newspapers, nor the police force, nor the port, the beach nor the cinemas on Prophets Street.