Yesterday, ‘Drwish’ written by Muscat based Mazoon group (old name for Oman ) and directed by Abdullah Salam Albusaidi took part in the theatre contest in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture in Salalah and fits in the 10th Dhofar Cultural Forum. In the performance chairs play a vital role. Chairs are about status, power and control, that’s why the world likes them.
The play based on a Chinese story tell grosso modo the story of a King, a Minister, a Police Chief, a Financial Advisor and Drwish a poor guy, who is send to prison because of stealing a scissor on the market. Drwish who is in fact a tailor is accused as thief. Although he tries to explain his situation nobody of the government listen. In prison he tries to find a way out, to prove his innocence. When he is offered a melon, he suddenly gets the idea to offer the seed of the melon to the King and to tell the King that when a man with a ‘good heart’ plants the seed, the kingdom will have prosperity. The King who receives the seed, offer this job respectively to the Minister, the Police Chief and the Financial Advisor but find out that Drwish is the only honest person. In return the King frees Drwish. The Minster, Police Chief and Financial Advisor are sent to prison.
In the beginning with the scenery of the King, the Minister, the Police Chief and the Financial Advisor playing the musical chairs, the tone of the performance is set. During the whole play the chairs are used to underline the status of the characters involved in the play. The message is clear: a chair can give you status, can elevate the sitter but can also be quickly removed. Mazoon group is already 15 years active in the theatre scene of Oman and take part at competitions abroad.