Strains from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet combine with echoes of Arab love stories, Qays Wa Layla, in this play conceived for and about young people in the Gulf. Unashamedly exposing the conflicts and crises faced by young people today, this provocative play explored the validity of conservative tribal values in a society consumed by rampant mercantilism and fierce Westernisation.
Written & Directed by Sulayman Al-Bassam
Performed in Arabic by a team of young Kuwaiti actors
A Zaoum Theatre production
Commissioned by The National Council for Youth and Sport, Kuwait
Opened in Kuwait in October 2003 at the Gulf Youth Festival and toured to The Qurain Arts Festival, Kuwait in 2004
Best Performance; Best Scenography; and 3 Best Actor Awards – Gulf Youth Festival 2003, Kuwait