“A Glimpse of Hope for a Gloomy City”: Syrian students perform a play


Kobane drama group on stage. Photo: ARA News

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Qamishlo, Syria Under the sponsorship of the Kurdish Youth Movement (TCK) in the Syrian northern city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab), a group of drama students presented on Tuesday a play entitled “A Glimpse of Hope for a Gloomy City” in Bave Khido Center for Culture and Art.

Delbrin Muslim, head of Kobane’s assembly of the TCK directed the five-scene play, which was meant to spotlight Kobane’s sufferings under 6-month siege imposed by the Islamic State in Iraqi and the Levant group (ISIL).

The drama show tackled the psychological effects of love upon students’ lives and the importance of studying and thinking of the future under the difficult security and livelihood situations. The show also highlighted the role of friendship. 

The play’s plot included a “female student’s betrayal to her beloved for interest-based relationships in a society that seeks personal interests rather than societal welfare”.

According to to Muslim (the director), the scenes reflected “the siege Kobane lives and the attacks of ISIL on the city as well as the greed of merchants who control people’s bread”.

Muslim told ARA News “the role of plays, during the siege and killing Kobane suffers from, is very important as it sheds light upon the city’s critical problems and potential solutions”.

“Conveying messages can be achieved by writing, singing or role-playing,” said Muslim. “By this play, I wanted to tackle students’ sufferings, conditions and emotional problems, as well as the family’s role in protecting their children’s future.”

As long as literature is a mirror to reality, many Syrian educated youth, especially those who studied arts and drama, try to reflect the people’s daily sufferings under the current war conditions through such kinds of activities. 


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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