The UAE participation in the 5th Gulf Theatre for People of Determination in Kuwait between 3-9 December 2019 was highly recognized the remarkable success of the play (1+1=1) supervised by the Ministry of Community Development and winning five gold awards.
During the participation of the Ministry of Community Development at the Gulf Theatre Festival, “Mohamed Al Ghafli” won the best actor award, “Abdulla Al Jarwan” for the best sound effects, “Nabeel Al Mazmi” for the best composition, while the play itself won the best integrated show award.
The play (1+1=1) reflects the efforts of the Ministry of Community Development in supporting the empowerment and inclusion of the people of determination. The play embodies the influential ideas, images and scenes with realistic visions when dealing with the people of determination. Through an elaborate screenplay written and directed by Nabil Al-Mazmi, in which an Emirati theatre team consisting of 5 actors participated in the work, 3 of whom were interested. The play is inspired by American writer Edward Albee's "Zoo Story" and is part of the fight club novel. Through an elaborate screenplay written and directed by Nabil Al-Mazmi, an Emirati theatre team consisting of (5) actors participated in the work, (3) of which are from the people of determination categories. The play is inspired by the “Zoo Story” for Edward Albee, an American Playwright, "Zoo Story" and is part of the fight club novel.
Commenting on this occasion, Wafa Hamad Bin Sulaiman, Director of Welfare & Rehabilitation for People of Determination at the Ministry of Community Development, stated that the ministry’s participation at the Gulf Theatre Festival was based on involving the people of determination in acting; sharing their reality with the members of the community and not isolating these categories; the purpose of the screenplay was to transfer their ideas to a broader community in order to achieve
inclusion and empowerment and reflects the efforts and visions of the Ministry of Community Development to reinstate that the people of determination are active members in the community.
As such, Wafa Bin Sulaiman elaborated that half of the actors were from the people of determination, specifically visual and physical impairment, noting that the goals of this play was to reassure that the inclusion of the people of determination is not limited to their close relationships only but to reach loud the different members of the community and inform them of their daily lives and pressures. The Ministry of Community Development makes great efforts to change the society’s misconceptions of the people of determination that they always need help, cannot live independently and have limited productivity and unable to reach distant goals; on the contrary, they are able to achieve more than the community expects, they are qualified to achieve stardom and look into live from a different perspective and stereotyped social and professional visions, they can also live within a cohesive community within all complex life conditions.
Furthermore, Nabeel Al Maazmi, the author and play director, spoke about the characters of the play (1+1=1) that were presented by Mohammed Al Ghafli and Mohammed Ishaq and their significant roles in the play. The first character that Mohammed Al Ghafli played is for a blind person who is recognized for his positive attitude and impact on the lives of his family and children, he is very successful in managing his time and investing efforts, he is also psychologically, socially balanced and financially stable; his job as a proof reader reflects a strong vision and far-sightedness, while the second character that Mohammad Ishaq played is for an ordinary member of the community who does not have any visual, hearing or physical impairments but his negative behavior and attitude resembles an unbalanced character and attitude which pollutes the lives of the community members around him.
Al Maazmi said: “The title of the play (1+1=1) demonstrates the power of passive people and influence to capture the minds and behaviors of others; the story embodies a hidden symbolic meaning which is the inclusion of people of determination in the community. The idea of the scenario is based on an unbalanced dialogue between a normal stable person and another from the people of determination; in the play the normal stable person plays the villain negative role while the person of determination is the positive person; Given the strong influence of the passive energy in any community that cannot be without social, economic, psychological, and behavioral problems, this passive person controls the behavior of the normal, balanced person to the point of turning him into a "killer.".
He added that the scenario symbolizes and refers the crisis of a modern man and the impact of capitalism on the aspects of his life in light of the psychological pressures he is experiencing under the influence of work or material pressures, in addition to the daily and social routine formed by contemporary life, which transformed man into a machine, as it devoided him of feelings.