"Lost"... a play that presents the ugly face of nations |

“Lost”… a play that presents the ugly face of nations |

Tunisia – After “Seuss”, “Intelligence” and “Palace of Happiness”, Tunisian theater director Nizar Saidi – a constant searcher for renewal – dives back into a family drama in which he explains the ills of society in a boldly critical way by asking confusing questions through his latest play “The Losers”.

The play, which was recently accompanied by the audience of the International Hammamet Festival in its fifty-sixth session, is the dramaturgy of Abdel Halim Al-Masoudi, based on a joint text between Al-Masoudi and Al-Saidi, and the performance of Tamader Al-Zarli, Intisar Oussawi, Jamal Sassi, Ramzi Aziz, Muhammad Shaaban, Sadiq Trabelsi and Ali bin Said.

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Work has presented the ugly face of the homeland. We are all lost in a world of chaos and chaos, in which nothing is guaranteed and safe.

The play “Lovers” summarizes the eleven years that Tunisians have lived since the January 2011 revolution and the social, political and cultural transformations that followed that affected the public mood, morals, customs, daily practices and relations between different social groups. Rejection of the other, rejection of the contrary idea, and striving to expiate all manifestations of difference and disparity, prohibiting and rejecting them.

This work, also titled “Dark Side”, meaning “the dark side”, presented the ugly face of the homeland, as we are all lost in a world of chaos and chaos, where nothing is guaranteed and safe, and all apparent events hide dark sides behind them.

The play began with a video showing that documented the chaos and lethargy in the side streets of the capital, Tunis, and the difference, conflict and rivalry that it entailed, before the events began with a shocking scene for the spectator, whose conscience was shaken by the commission of a heinous crime in which a teenage girl named “Eshraq” killed her mother and abused her body before being dragged into the street. She later published a video of her confession to the crime on social media.

This incident, which turned into a global media phenomenon, interacted with a group of people and institutions, each according to his field of specialization, to search for the hidden motives of this girl, trying to evoke the pain of self and its complexities. The play ends with the girl’s suicide, leaving behind unresolved questions about the reality of loss and disorientation that we live in today in our country. How did this happen? Why did we get to this point? where are we going? Why did our children escape from us? Who is the victim and who is the executioner?

Through this story, the play delves into societal phenomena that spread after the January 2011 revolution, including security chaos, moral, ethical and societal chaos, as well as political chaos that led to the spread of chaos and violence between parliamentarians and political parties, in addition to an unprecedented spread of crime, in its various manifestations, and violence in its various forms.

In some aspects, the play rises to the point of a social study that explains the Tunisian’s personality and behavior, and concludes that there is an entire generation that grew up on chaos and expressions of treason, intimidation, atonement and conflicts, and on bloody electronic games, forming a psychologically fragile generation that wants to be liberated from all societal restrictions, but without thinking about the consequences and consequences. Which seems disastrous for everyone.

And violence may not be “Tunisian” only, as most Arab countries have complained in recent years of an increase in violence and crime, and from time to time we are shocked by the news of a heinous crime that shakes societies and remains for days the talk of social media.

We are all lost

The dark face on stage
The dark face on stage

The writer of the text, Abdel Halim Al-Masoudi, expressed the society’s problems with the phrase “lost,” which provides an accurate description in his view of a society in which everyone is lost, starting with the youth who lost the compass and role models, all the way to the professor who finds himself torn between renewal and the educational system that pulls him backward, and the journalist lost between Commitment to the ethics of his profession and work to create excitement and keep up with the speed in transmitting information and achieving the largest number of followers and views, the artist who pursues his dream and the constraints of public taste takes him back, and the politician who fails to create a healthy and balanced political scene and maintain an ethical political practice.

The text of the play came from the belief of Al-Masoudi – a writer, theater critic, university professor and producer of television cultural programs – that serious theater is heading towards extinction, so he saw it necessary to find a serious theatrical work that does not present comic or superficial theater, but rather reflects a commitment to community issues.

The director who shared the book of the text agrees with him, as Al-Saidi says that he seeks to present a theater that calls for reflection and is dialectically linked with its recipients, and cuts with the culture of consumption and insignificance that struck all foundations and values, and tries to awaken thought and open dialogue on issues crucial to the future of society, a theater that stems from the local present as a sample It researches major human problems and plays its vital role in making society immune to the phenomena that have annihilated it.

Al-Saeedi seeks to present a theater that calls for reflection and is dialectically linked with its audience, and it breaks with the culture of consumption and insignificance.

With a bold and critical text and simple decor, the play presented the phenomenon of the spread of crime in Tunisia, where killing became a regular thing, and with a distinguished performance of different generations of actors with their bodies, voices, movements and the sincerity of their features, in addition to the techniques used in this work, which Al-Saidi considered “the girl of her time.” Playing on the world of image and lights Music and presentation are all means through which the director sought to bring the audience to interact and think about the issues raised in this work.

In “The Losers,” the voices of the actors rose and their bodies rose up in search of the reasons for the high crime rate in Tunisia and the attempt to dismantle its world socially and psychologically and to search for the factors that exacerbated it and the motives for all this violence, lawlessness, bloody and brutality that prevailed in our society.

“Dark Side” or the dark side, too, was a critical and polemical work that revealed the fading of values, principles and lack of humanity in our day to show the state of the lost state experienced by this generation in language, ideas and dress, as a result of accumulations since independence to the present.

“We are all lost,” according to Nizar Al-Saeedi. Everyone is a contributor to this abyss of the family, the educational and security system, the media, social networking sites, and civil society.

Lost is a work presented in a simple and easy way for the audience to comprehend and understand. The language, the issues raised, and the situations of the characters can be understood by anyone, and he tries to disassemble and explain their issues with the parties to this work, as expressed by Nizar Al-Saeedi, who considered the seriousness in this play that made the spectator think and argue with all that Put on stage.

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