First Saudi Universities Theater Festival

King Khalid University, Media Center

The third show of the First Theater Festival of Saudi universities, which is being hosted by King Khalid University in Abha, discussed the issue of brainwashing by "Dark Bats" who try to run society according to their desires and destructive plans but fail in the existence of social cohesion.

The third show was presented yesterday evening by the Theater Team of the University of Taiba, entitled "Holes," written and directed by Fahad Al Asmar and performed by a number of university students. In the symposium that followed the show and moderated by the Director of the Festival, Muhammed Al-Mubarak, the Actor and the Stage Director, Sami Al-Zahrani, talked about the most prominent features of the show. Al-Zahrani pointed out that the author of "Holes" depended on the opening text without a time or a place. He also added that the author narrowly focused on the theme of the authoritarian ghosts trying to introduce strange ideas into the minds of the characters.

As for directing Al-Zahrani said, "The truth is that there has been a sharp increase in the visible development in directing tools compared to the other shows I have watched with a change in the heroes of the work." He further related that the director was able to create homogeneity between the new elements.

Al-Zahrani advised the director to maximize decoration, especially wood blocks. He also encouraged him to monitor of lighting conditions and offer additional hands-on training to the students. Regardless, he praised the students who insisted on participating in the festival, despite the absence of a director because he was busy with other cultural activities. On behalf of the Director, a student from the team gave a speech and praised King Khalid University for hosting this important event, stressing that the festival is one of the most important activities that every innovator aspires to participate in.

For his part, the Deputy of the Deanship of Student Affairs at Taif University, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy, spoke of what he described as "Text Crisis" apparent in most of the shows presented at the festival, indicating that the end of the work is plagued by "directness" which affects the level of the performance.

A faculty member at King Saud University, Dr. Nayef Khalaf, asked about the time spent by the staff in training, stressing that you can never have enough.

For his part, participating student Abdullah Hosawi praised the talents that emerged from the play. He emphasized the importance of video documentation in order to go through a complete review process and subsequent correction stage.

King Khalid University, Media Center

During their participation in the First Saudi Theater Festival, which is currently being held at King Khalid University, the students of Jeddah University presented a comedy play, "Don Quixote on Snape Shot," inspired from the "Polyakov" script and directed by Sobhy Yousef.

The Director tackled the text in a new way that embodies the mythical wars of "Don Quixote on Snape Shot." Through Don Quixote, the Director fights windmills in a fantasy comedy preserving the human value of a frustrated hero and touching the reality of the present community in a legendary comical method.

After the show, a symposium was moderated by Dr. Mohamed Al-Mubarak, the Director of the Festival, with the participation of the Director of the Play, Subhi Yusuf, and the Theatrical Director, Ali Al-Ghuwainem.

Al-Ghuwainem expressed his admiration for the work. He praised the quality of the script and its suitability to university theater. He commented on the linguistic effectiveness evident in the title of the show. He further maintained that the events were appropriate to reality, in addition to the speed of finding the information and the interrelationship of the text with the viewer. He also indicated that the integration of theatrical space in the show and the presentation of the caricatures in a distinctive way proved to be amazing. He maintained that the illusion contributed to heart-pounding suspense which captivated the audience. However, he criticized the deployment of actors on stage, in addition to the distribution of lighting on both the actors and the stage.

During the intermission, playwright Nayef Khalaf said, "We have a shortage in theatrical scripts, but the director managed to overcome this issue in the script of the show by activating the story of the legend, offering it an in a manner that was appropriate to the virtual reality that we live today.”

For his part, Actor and Theater Director, Sami Zahrani, praised the availability of realism, idealism, and virtualism in the script of the play by embodying the character of the legend "Don Quixote" in the relevant current affairs and issues within our society.

In the same context, the Former Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Jazan, Dr. Mohammed Habibi, related that the use of the postmodern text, the activation of old characters with modern roles, is a tall task for directors and actors to complete. However, in the text of "Don Quixote on Snape Shot" play, postmodernism was activated perfectly, which reflected the strength of the beginning of the University of Jeddah in the field of theater. He added, "I’m so happy with the existence of both Taiba and Jeddah Universities in this festival, although they are relative newcomers in the field of theater."

Despite the relative modernity of the University of Jeddah in the field of theater, the Director of "Don Quixote on Snape Shot," Sobhi Youssef, thanked his students for the show, hoping that this is only the beginning to more theatrical performances. He said, "We took into account all observations that resulted from the Applied Symposium." Youssef further thanked King Khalid University for hosting and organizing this festival.

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