3 performances on the second day of “Kalba for Short Plays” |  Gulf newspaper

3 performances on the second day of “Kalba for Short Plays” | Gulf newspaper

Kalba: «The Gulf»

Yesterday, Friday evening, the activities of the ninth session of the Festival of Short Plays, organized by the theater department in the Department of Culture, continued, and its activities are taking place in the cultural center of Kalba city. At the beginning of the activities of the second day of the festival, a welcome meeting was organized at the residence of the guests, and the director of the festival, Ahmed Burhima, gathered the outstanding theater colleges and institutes in the Arab world, who had been hosted over the past 10 years at the Sharjah Forum for the Early Arab Theater, which is organized on the sidelines of the Sharjah Theater Days. (since 2012).

At the beginning of his speech, Burhima touched on the role played by the Department of Culture, thanks to the support and patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, for the advancement and advancement of theatre. Because it represents an effective means in addressing and building people’s minds and emotions, and its effect is well established and clear for a long time in liberating the energies of creativity, stimulating thinking, and spreading enlightenment.

Burhima expressed his happiness for the achievements of most of those who participated in the first forum, and said: “You came to Sharjah years ago as fresh graduate students, and here you come today, and you have become professors.” Some of them obtained a doctorate or a master’s degree, and most of them achieved their presence in the theatrical field, as an actor or director in theatre, television or cinema.

The Director of the Theater Department at the Department of Culture indicated that the Al-Awael Forum represents an extension of the “Kalba Festival for Short Plays”, considering that the two activities were invented by Sharjah to put theater youth in front of tangible opportunities, allowing them to show their skills, express themselves and progress on the way, stressing that the Kalba Festival For short plays, it is an educational space for training and refining the capabilities of new theater directors, by applying the latest and most effective curricula in this aspect.

In the meeting, which was moderated by the Tunisian artist Khalida Al-Shaibani, Bourhima spoke about a set of concepts and ideas presented by the current theatrical experiences, whether at the local or Arab levels, in relation to issues such as criticism, training, documentation, and so on.

talk show

At five in the evening, the center witnessed a dialogue meeting about the experience of the artist Khalifa Al-Khalifa, who was chosen as the personality of the festival in this session. The meeting, which was moderated by director and actor Ibrahim Al-Qahoumi, was attended by many local artists, as well as the festival guests.

Khalifa Al-Khalifa began his speech by expressing his thanks and appreciation for the generous support provided by His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah, to theater and playwrights in the country, and throughout the Arab world. He praised the experience of the Kalba Festival for Short Plays, which gave young people a space for training, rehabilitation, and proof of existence.

Al-Khalifa talked about his beginnings, and said that his first theatrical scene, which he presented as a child, embodied the symbolism of the union of the seven emirates that make up the state, using sticks. He stated that the praises he received after presenting that show were the reason behind his later attraction to “Abu al-Funun”, noting that his interest in this art deepened further in school thanks to the interest of his teacher, Muhammad al-Desouki.

Al-Khalifa indicated that he began his career with the artists Abdullah Rashid and Abdullah Masoud, where the three of them grew up in the city of Dibba Al-Fujairah, noting that the first play he participated in during the eighties was entitled “Conflict”, and then he later participated in a play written by Abdullah Rashid entitled “Zain and Shin” It was directed by their teacher at El-Desouky School.

He also touched on the experience of studying theater at the Theater Institute of the Cairo Academy of Arts, and conveyed to the audience some pictures that did not leave his mind, about his observations and theatrical meetings in Egypt, especially his acquaintance with the experiences of the late artists Saad Ardash and Jalal Al-Sharqawi.

Al-Khalifa stated that he returned to the country after completing his studies in Egypt, and participated, along with Abdullah Rashid and Abdullah Masoud, in the establishment of the Dibba Al-Fujairah Theater Troupe, pointing to the group’s successes in a short period, moving with its Arab and international performances, noting the experience of Iraqi director Mahmoud Abu Al-Abbas was with them. Later, the speaker focused on his experience in the school theater, and said: “We wanted to provide the students with theater activities that we were denied when we were their age.” He indicated that he founded the Fujairah Festival for School Theater, completed a number of performances for students, toured with them in many local and Gulf theater festivals, and won many awards.

The meeting witnessed interventions by Ibrahim Salem, Hassan Rajab, Juma Ali, Abdullah Masoud, Abdullah Rashid, and others, which touched on the personality traits of the honored artist, especially his tendency to work in the shadows, and his departure in recent years to administrative work, and he was invited to return to theatrical representation.


The audience of the second night witnessed 3 performances, the first entitled “Don Quixote” directed by Rashid Dahnoun, who also participated in acting alongside Hagop Eid, and the show presented an intense visual image of the novel by the Spanish writer Cervantes. In the critical symposium moderated by Ibrahim Salem, in which Lara Badri spoke as chairperson, the interventions aimed to talk about the problem of combining acting and directing, but some of them praised the director’s and preparer’s boldness in dramatizing this popular novel, and updating some of its elements so that its content appears as if it was inspired by our time. The present, where delusions of fame and prominence lead some to play classic protagonist roles.

The second show, entitled “Miss Julia is Beautiful”, sparked a debate about the boundaries between the writer’s work and the director’s adventures, and the show was prepared on the text of the Swedish writer August Strindberg, directed and co-starred by Dina Badr, along with Sherif Al-Ajmi.

Speaking at the critical symposium, Tunisian actress Khadija Baccouche confirmed the director’s loyalty to the writer’s text, and her attempt to embody it, as it is without deviations.

acting performance

As for the third show, it was entitled “Illusion”, which was prepared on the text of “Immigrant Brisbane” by the Lebanese writer George Shehadeh, prepared and directed by Jassem Marashda, and assisted in directing by Iman Al-Awani, and co-starring: Muhammad Al-Yaroubi, Omar Al-Salmi, Ahmed Busim, and Gharibah Al-Qaidi.

The critical symposium, in which the Kuwaiti artist Musab Al-Salem spoke mainly, praised the director’s diligence in formulating the show environment, and the performance of some actors, especially Omar Al-Salmi, who played the role of the gravedigger, and gave him a clear vitality.

Today’s program

The eighth Sharjah Forum for theater for theatrical research.

10:00 am Kalba Cultural Center.

First show: “A Crime on Goat Island” 07:00.

The second show: «Suicide» 08:15.

The third show: “A puzzled Oedipus” 09:25.

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