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Performers at a Previous Gulf Theatre FestivalThe Third Gulf Theatre Festival was launched this week at King Saud University’s Hamada Al-Jasser Hall, and will see theatre troupes from 13 GCC universities compete against each other with a series of performances.

The week long festival was launched by KSU Rector Badran Al-Omar on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s minister of higher education, Khalid Al-Angari, and was attended by faculty and dignitaries from participating universities.

The director of the GCC’s Educational Secretariat, Bakheet bin Ahmed Al-Mahri, also attended, speaking on behalf of GCC General Secretary Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani.

The opening ceremony concluded with renowned Bahraini poet, Abdul Rahman Rafee, giving a reading of his poetry.

Performances are scheduled at KSU throughout the week until Feb. 27, with troupes from Sultan Qaboos University in Oman and BahPerformers at a Previous GCC Gulf Theatre Festivalrain University already performing.

Students participating from Saudi Arabia’s Taif University attended the opening ceremony, including Mohammad Adnnan, who studies English at Taif and is part of the University’s acting club.

He said his group hopes to win the competition, and is looking forward to their performance on Wednesday of “Disturbing Situations,” by Saudi playwright Fahad Al-Harthi.

Adnnan described the play as “social,” with a series of six monologues by the performers about everyday problems: financial difficulties, a troublesome son, a marriage falling apart.

The nations represented at the festival include Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

Gulf Theatre FestivalStudents from Kuwait University, KSU, Jazan university, UAE University, and King Abdulaziz University, among others, will perform over coming days before the closing ceremony on Wednesday.

The festival is part of GCC efforts to boost theatre art in the Gulf.

Bahrain hosted the Second Gulf Festival in 2010, which saw KSU student Shujaa Al-Qahtani win the award for Best Actor.

Please visit gutf.ksu.edu.sa for more information on the festival.

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