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Al-Shams Theater and the theatrical movement in Jordan

(Photos: Al-Shams Theater’s Facebook account)
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AMMAN — Al-Shams Theater is located in the heart of Amman, where “Concorde” cinema (previously) stood, and includes a show hall and amphitheater that can accommodate up to 350 people. اضافة اعلان

The theater periodically welcomes theatrical performances in partnership with local, Arab, and international artists, who use the theater as a cultural house to develop the theatrical and artistic status of Jordan. 

The theater was founded by Abdul Salam Qbailat in 2016, as a non-profit company, to display and support all forms of arts. 

(Photos: Al-Shams Theater’s Facebook account)

It opened its doors with a premier of a satirical comedy, “Cannot Pay, Won’t Pay,” which was directed by Qbailat, and performed by a group of Jordanian artists, most notably Ahmad Srour and Khaled Al-Tarifi. 

“Cannot Pay, Won’t Pay” is adapted from an old play written by the Italian playwright Dario Fo, and it critically and sarcastically addressed important topics in Jordanian society, with a reliance on a dramatic plot. It exposed the characters of the play to comic paradoxes that developed in a dramatic way.  
In this regard, it is worth mentioning that Al-Shams Theater seeks to present theatrical performances with intellectual and ethical implications. 

(Photos: Al-Shams Theater’s Facebook account)

The theater also aims to showcase children’s theater by presenting workshops directed by children and young people. 

The theater produces significant theatrical productions in Jordan and displays continuous performances; according to a monthly program of plays known as “repertoire,” which is similar to the theatrical program followed by international theaters worldwide. 

(Photos: Al-Shams Theater’s Facebook account)

The theater also gives opportunities for merging artists to improve their theatrical skills by holding training workshops and courses, to refresh their talents and develop their artistic abilities, under the supervision of qualified artists and directors. 

The theater includes, among its flanks, the possibility of holding art exhibitions, sculptures, cultural activities, and other forms of arts. 

According to Qbailat, the founder of the theater, the presence of theater in culture is very important, and provides an outlet to express emotions and tell stories that were previously told by grandmothers and mothers and stuck in memory.

He added that: “The theatrical movement in the Arab world and in Jordan is going through a difficult phase.”

(Photos: Al-Shams Theater’s Facebook account)

Qbailat said he hoped that Jordanian theater continues to further develop.  The theater has welcomed different local artists and writers on its stage, and aims to also embrace Arab and international artists and writers too. 

Its latest event was held on Monday, with a performance by Lebanese poet and presenter Zahi Wahbi. The event was held to support a charitable cause.

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