Dr. Khaled Al-Jaber, the author of the play “The Shoe Wiper”, which is being shown as part of Doha Theater Festival in its current session, said that theater plays an important role in shaping the cultural and national identity of peoples. It reflects the social, political, economic, intellectual and cultural reality experienced by different societies, and contributes to enhancing collective awareness and conveying local and global issues through the arts of movement and acting.
He explained that Gulf and Arab theater has witnessed great development in recent decades with the advent of the modern state and political, social and economic changes, noting that theater has contributed to enhancing cultural exchange between Arab and other peoples by presenting theatrical works dealing with global issues and showing common aspects of humanity.
Besides, he said that: From that angle, we discuss the play “The Shoe Wiper”, which is shown at Doha Theater Festival, which is considered a human epic that came at the level of challenge in proposition, dialogues, monologues, scenography and music, as it reflected the bewilderment of the tragic and surreal situation in which the societies of the Arab world and the human being within it are floundering in an attempt to search for Self and dealing with the other.
He added by saying that: “What distinguishes the play is that it combines politics, tragedy, realism, literature and art.” It is the first theatrical artwork written by Dr. Khaled Al-Jaber and directed by the able artist Ahmed Al-Muftah, and produced by the “Q-Fun” artistic production company.
Dr. Al-Jaber pointed out that the play, which is considered a metaphor or a metaphor for a current reality, deals with the story of a homeless man with oriental Arab features, who lives in an underground (Metro) station, carrying with him a dilapidated wooden box that resembles a shoe-cleaning box. Passengers and those departing from the station believed that he was working as a shoe-cleaner, and in order to be able to subsist and spend his day’s sustenance, he did not mind working in clearing shoes whenever needed, hoping to collect a sum of cash to pay the fees for traveling abroad to leave the train station forever.
He said that: «The characters of the play are divided into six main characters: the shoe shiner, the rich man, the military man, the elite man, the expatriate man, and the divorced woman. stage (Arab Spring). What is new is that the play is directed by Ahmed Al-Muftah, who returns to the world of directing through the play (The Shoe Wiper) since his last work he directed in 2016, which is the play (The End of Ariel Shuja), in which he participated on behalf of Qatar University in the University Theater Festival of the Gulf States, and the work got Won the Special Jury Award for Best Group Performance. Al-Miftah has multiple and varied experiences at the levels of youth theater and university theater, as he remained in contact with these two fields until the later stages. He received many awards in them, although he distanced himself from directing in a way, but he did not distance himself from the theater as a whole, so he wrote a number of theatrical works during this period and was chosen to be a member of a number of judging committees in theater festivals inside Qatar and abroad, specifically in the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia .. and supervised a number of theatrical works .. as well as presenting his texts in a number of Gulf countries.