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Theatre artists lament lack of contemporary scripts

As the global community celebrated the World Theatre Day on March 27, theatre enthusiasts in Oman too took time to revel in activities related to theatre and drama As the global community celebrated the World Theatre Day on March 27, theatre enthusiasts in Oman too took time to revel in activities related to theatre and drama. Many drama artists in the country lamented lack of fresh ideas and the need for better stories and scripts to boost the art form in Oman. Two theatre groups announced their productions to be staged later this year, with theatre Group Muscat and the International Organisation Creative Events. The 7th drama Safalamee Yathra (Fruitful Journey) will be staged on December 15.

Theatre artists lament lack of contemporary scripts

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Muscat – As the global community celebrated the World Theatre Day on March 27, theatre enthusiasts in Oman too took time to revel in activities related to theatre and drama.

Calling for better stories and scripts to boost the art form in Oman, many drama artists in the country lamented lack of fresh ideas.

According to Mohammad al Balushi, a part-time theatre artist, the main reason for people not working on contemporary and local scripts “is their reluctance to take risks”.

“The scripts that we have are old,” he further said, adding that those engaged in theatre are still stuck to classics from Henrik Ibsen and Leo Tolstoy.

“Only that those story are depicted in Arabic; I think that we need to change it and have more local content. We need some refreshing scripts depicting the cultural and generation clashes.”

Another challenge is the advent of mobile phone contents, which are short and more colourful.

Mohammad’s friend Sulaiman al Balushi, a playwright, said, “Dramas used to reflect a great influence of television programmes a couple of years ago. Now mobile contents are influencing our art form.”

He, however, was happy about the fact that drama is equally popular among college students. “I am happy that the community is doing well in this performing art. Many popular TV artists and film actors like late Salim Bahwan are from the stage,” Sulaiman exhorted, while reminding that Oman did ‘extremely well’ in all the competitions in which it participated during various drama festivals at the GCC level.

Taking advantage of the significance of the day, two theatre groups announced their productions to be staged later this year.

Theatre Group Muscat – a stage lovers group – announced its 7th drama Safalamee Yathra (Fruitful Journey) to be staged on December 15.

The play, with both amateur and professional artists, will be staged in Oman after three years due to the pandemic restrictions.

“It is a road drama where the protagonists travel in train and the story unfolds. The drama is written by Jayan Thirumana and it will have over 25 artists from various backgrounds,” director Ansar Ibrahim said.

Another major production – Itihassam – by the International Organisation Creative Events and Bhavalaya Art and Culture Foundation will be staged in November.


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