November 15, 2013 by throughwriting
By TMR, Staff Reporter, AUIS Voice, 2012
Drama Club, one of the most active clubs at AUIS, recently wrapped up its most play, Noor. Many members of the AUIS community liked it the play, although the play was met with some controversy. More than 12 actors participated in the play, with 5 crew members supporting offstage. The actors and actresses had been working on the play since October of 2011.
Three main languages, Kurdish, English, and Arabic are spoken in the play. The meaning of the mixture of languages was to clarify the independent, nonsectarian nature of the group, and Peter Friedrich, Director and Head of Drama at AUIS, said, “Mixing Kurdish, Arabic and English together was the cast’s way of saying: hey, this is not just a play about one certain group of people. Maybe some people didn’t like hearing the Kurdish, because they speak Arabic, or people didn’t like hearing the Arabic because they speak Kurdish. Well, too bad. If you don’t like hearing different languages from yours, don’t see the play and don’t live in Suli. We live together here as brothers and sisters, and our different languages and backgrounds are something to be proud of.”
Kardo Kamil, an academic student and one of the main actors of Noor from Sulaimani, said, “Before every show I spend almost every single minute of my time to think about what I should do on the stage-how to act, but each time I perform there, I do everything except those I was thinking about. I can say that being on stage for me is one of the best times of my life.”
The play concentrates on Noor, who was the only sister of an indigent family without a mother, and is set in Iraq about five years ago. The play deals with issues of religion, gender, war and family.
According to audience members, the play had both strong and weak sides, but most of the people have agreed that the play was a great addition to AUIS. “I really liked the play, and everyone should be proud that those actors and actresses are our friends and students,” said Seth Voytek, an APP English instructor.
Besides the main idea of the play, there were some decisions that weakened the play, according to audience members. Miran Awat, an academic student, from Sulaimani, said, “The play was good, but it shouldn’t have had comic parts because it didn’t make any sense as you were in the middle of some serious things.” Peter said that having funny moments in a play kept the audience interested even when the theme was a serious one. “The other plays were great but not as perfect as Noor was in terms of having a well written script and a real stage with outstanding teachers voluntarily helping us,” said Kardo.
The play took place at the University of Sulaimani Sulaimani College of Fine Arts. Students had to go there to see the play, and the university provided buses for transportation. The Drama Club has had various useful plays, but none of them have presented at AUIS because the university hasn’t have a stage yet suitable for a full theatre production. Students are looking forward to seeing the activities of clubs there in order to see more than one times because some students wants to get as much information as possible from the activities that they would like to watch.
The play, Noor, stars are AUIS students, Banoo Omer, Mewan Sofi, Helin Sofi, Kardo Kamil, Rawa Hamza, Saman Karim, Mustafa Ahemed, Muhammed Baheej, Isa Muhammed Isa, Maddy Murad, and Abdul Alkhafaji.
AUIS Drama Club has had many different members over the years. Peter added, “The Drama Club has lots of people who come and go, which is terrific. It would be great to see more of the old faces from 2009, the ones who started it all, come back and play next year. And of course, we need new faces, too. If you are ready to work, sacrifice, give up your personal time three times a week, you will be in an AUIS show. It’s that simple.” The AUIS Drama Club has had seven plays since 2009: All My Things, Confusing Situation, Steachers, What’s in a Name, Blue Café, Noor, and Shakespeare.