Historic milestone: Kuwaiti theater enters Guinness World Records

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The of the ‘Made in Kuwait’ play.
A scene from the ‘The First of its Kind’ play.

KUWAIT CITY, June 3: Kuwaiti theater has achieved a historic milestone, entering the Guinness World Records in 2024 with an unprecedented number of performances. This year’s theatrical season, which began during Eid al-Fitr, has seen an extraordinary surge in activity, driven by a new generation of artists eager to compete and establish their prowess.

The surprise success of this season is marked by several plays surpassing expectations with over one hundred performances each. This remarkable achievement, led by a dynamic and competitive young generation, underscores the principle of “survival of the fittest” in the theater industry. Notable among these is the play “Made in Kuwait,” which exceeded 109 performances, averaging nine shows per day.

This season’s diversity and innovation are evident across all aspects of the theater industry. Plays like “Abracadabra” have set a high standard, motivating young producers to deliver equally impressive productions. Other successful plays, such as “The First of Its Kind” by Khaled Al-Mudhaffar and “The Upside Down House” by star Tariq Al-Ali, continue to draw large audiences despite competing with high school exams.

Theater makers in Kuwait have embraced advanced techniques and tools, including the use of large screens on stage to enhance the visual experience and the incorporation of specialized directors for intricate scene management. One significant innovation is the inclusion of a language expert for the deaf and mute, facilitating greater accessibility and earning positive audience reception.

This theatrical renaissance is spearheaded by a new generation that blends scientific knowledge, cultural awareness, and innovative storytelling. Kuwaiti theater has expanded its repertoire to include performances for all ages, moving beyond the traditional children’s shows typically seen during holidays. The current offerings integrate comedy, music, singing, and technology in a disciplined manner, reflecting a high degree of professionalism and creativity.

A unique feature of this season is the collaborative spirit among theater artists. There is a strong sense of community as actors and producers support each other by attending performances and promoting them on social media. This camaraderie has reinvigorated Kuwaiti theater, restoring its prestige in the Gulf region.

The competition within the Kuwaiti theater scene has intensified, with high standards making it difficult for less innovative shows to succeed. The involvement of graduates from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts has infused the industry with passion, cultural richness, and a spirit of adventure.

Adult theater has also seen fierce competition, with notable successes from artists like Tariq Al-Ali in “The Upside Down House,” Abdul Aziz Al-Muslim in “The Witch of the North,” and the duo of Daoud Hussein and Hassan Al-Balam in “Seeking Proximity.” These productions have achieved significant acclaim, with Al-Muslim presenting an international-caliber show in a venue capable of accommodating large audiences.

Overall, Kuwaiti theater remains a leader in the Gulf region. The 2024 season marks a new chapter in its history, driven by the profound awareness and dedication of its creators. As these plays tour throughout the year, they are expected to attract substantial audiences, reinforcing Kuwait’s cultural influence and theatrical excellence.

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