The problems in the Middle East keep the minds of the people busy. Theatre can be the place to let thoughts free. This was yesterday evening the case with the first play “Papers” of the Dhofar Group for Theatre. Another five days three other groups of Salalah and two groups of Muscat will participate in the competition. It all fit in the ‘Dhofar 10th Cultural Forum,’ official launched on the 30th of March under the auspices of the Dhofar Governorate and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. Also poetry, traditional dance and fine arts will be showed.
To write down ideas you need pen/ink and paper. Ideas can be good or bad. Why should you write when the messages in the (news-) papers are always going into the bad direction. Papers can be thrown away. Tired of always bringing the dreadful stories of violence, fights, even sarcastic laughter, in the theatre play, the personified papers overwhelm the personified pen and ink.
In my opinion, “Papers” let two options open: or communication is stopped, or one can start all over again with writing good and worse things. The scenography of the play was simple but strong. The position and the movements and actions on the stage of the personified papers, pen and ink underlined their words and situations they talked about. At a certain moment the violence as showed on television in countries in the Middle East was made very clear. In some situations traditional issues like drums were used. The play raises questions, leave the public with questions but in general it went all about how to communicate in a proper way with your direct environment and with the outside world. Play writer Morshed Abudlrahman Al Braka debuted with “ Papers,” directed by Haithm al Bloshi. Also for three actors “Papers” was their first step on the stage.
Tomorrow “Mirbat Group for Theatre” performs a comedy in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.