The first play

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

The knowl­edge depart­ment (the pre­de­ces­sor of the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry) was founded in Kuwait in 1936. In that year, the head of the Supreme Is­lamic Coun­cil in Jerusalem, Haj Ameen Al-Hus­seini, sent Pales­tinian teach­ers to teach in Kuwait side-by-side with the ones who were al­ready here.

Those teach­ers con­trib­uted to de­vel­op­ing the cur­ricu­lums taught at Al-Mubarakiya School and one of the ac­tiv­i­ties they in­tro­duced was the first play ever per­formed in Kuwait, ti­tled ‘Omar’s Is­lam’. The play was per­formed by both teach­ers and stu­dents by the end of the 1935 school year. The per­for­mance was at­tended by the late Amir Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jaber AlSabah and other dig­ni­taries. The ac­tors in­cluded the late Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the late teacher Mo­hammed Al-Maghrebi and the late stu­dent Ab­dul­latif Al-Saleh. Most of the ac­tors in that play have passed away.

A funny in­ci­dent hap­pened dur­ing the per­for­mance, when the late Mr Yaqoub Sham­mas, who was only 11 years old, had to play the role of Ar­manosa, the daugh­ter of Al-Muqawqis, the ruler of Egypt dur­ing the early Mus­lim era. Be­cause women and girls were not al­lowed to act then, he wore the clothes of a young girl with a crown on his head, but wore men’s footwear (Na­jdiya san­dals), which elicited a lot of laugh­ter amongst the au­di­ence at­tend­ing the per­for­mance. A fire broke at the Amghara scrap mar­ket, said se­cu­rity sources, adding that fire­fight­ers man­aged to con­trol the fire with­out re­port­ing any ca­su­al­ties. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way to de­ter­mine the causes of the fire. — Al-Rai and Al-An­baa

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