June 15, 2024


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is laying the foundations for a flourishing performing arts trade, in response to an area official, because the Riyadh Theater Pageant ended this week with an awards ceremony that honored native expertise.


The pageant, organized by Saudi Arabia’s Theater and Performing Arts Fee, was the fruits of a tour that noticed 20 performs carried out for native audiences throughout the nation.


“The primary Riyadh Theater Pageant will represent a brand new place to begin for Saudi theater,” stated Sultan Al-Bazei, CEO of the Theater and Performing Arts Fee.


“Displaying 20 performs in eight cities for greater than 100 nights means that there’s curiosity from the viewers and exercise from the theater groups to provide works which might be nearer to the viewers … and this is likely one of the essential targets included within the technique of the theater fee,” Al-Bazei instructed Arab Information.


“The way forward for Saudi theater can be affluent and sensible within the close to future,” he stated.


Al-Bazei stated higher assist is now being offered for teams: “Now now we have the potential for granting theater teams a piece license, and which means that the theater teams will have the ability to perform their work usually, with out obstacles and with out the necessity for umbrellas to comprise their actions … this makes it simpler for the fee to offer assist to them in all fields.”


On the importance of theater as a platform for artwork and creativity, in gentle of the Kingdom’s burgeoning cultural scene, he added: “The theatrical motion leads the humanities as a laboratory for growing talents and skills … along with creating stars in performing.”


He stated the fee has been working common coaching programs through the years to develop expertise in all areas of manufacturing.


“I count on a rise in output and an enchancment within the high quality of efficiency when the actions of the Theater Academy start, that are anticipated firstly of the approaching yr,” Al-Bazei stated.


On the awards in Riyadh, the play “Sea” by the Al-Ahsa Tradition and Arts Affiliation Troupe, took 4 of the pageant’s 11 honors, together with for finest play and finest ‎built-in ‎present.


For “Sea,” the perfect music award went to Issa Al-Rasheed, Amr Al-Khamis and Ahmed Al-Muwaijd, with Shehab Al-Shehab taking the perfect actor class, and Sultan Al-Noah successful for finest director.


For the play “Beginnings of Abandonment” by the Shut Media Ensemble, Houria Ashour gained for finest costumes; Abdullah Dawari took the perfect lighting award for “Gentle” by the Taif Theater‎ Troupe; Abdullah Balais for finest script for “Slap” by the Kalos Ensemble; Badr Al-Hamidi for finest units for “Slap;” Khaled Al-Ruwaiei for scenography for “The Final Shadow” by the Nationwide Theater Ensemble‎‎‎; and Adhwa Fahad gained the perfect actress award for her efficiency in “The Forbidden” by the First Leap Membership Troupe.


The theater sector has seen important development for the reason that launch of Saudi Imaginative and prescient 2030, the organising of the fee and the institution of the Nationwide Theater.


In line with a current report from the Ministry of Tradition, throughout 2022 there have been 427 performs of every kind held throughout the nation.


Ahmed Ismail, a literary critic, instructed Arab Information: “The significance of theater stems from the well-known saying: ‘Give me bread and a theater and I provides you with nice individuals.’ For theater is a mirror that displays the options of society.


“Theater contributes to shaping the attention and ideas of its members by drawing human characters and fashions that resemble them, and offering them with … psychological worlds which might be just like their world.”


Ismail, who’s a member of the editorial board of the Fashionable Arts journal issued by the Basic Egyptian E-book Group, added: “Theater enhances human communication between actors and the viewers via a novel inventive expertise that can’t be obtained by watching the play on tv or via the web.”


“As well as, theater stimulates the person to suppose critically and see issues from a special perspective by presenting social and ethical issues going through the play’s heroes.”


He added: “In the identical context, theater raises vital societal points in an goal method and supplies options to them, which helps change society for the higher. It additionally helps dialogue between totally different teams of society, and contributes to bringing about optimistic adjustments.”


He added that “theater is a cultural phenomenon unbiased of authority and governments, and it performs an vital position in criticizing society and presenting its points. It additionally supplies the chance to pay attention to numerous opinions.”


The pageant’s actions had been held at Princess Nourah College in Riyadh, which included seminars, important readings classes, and a workshop on scriptwriting.


The pageant honored the late Saudi Arabia playwright Mohammed Al-Othaim with an exhibition devoted to his work.