The Qatari Authors Forum organized a debate on transforming the Qatari literary texts into dramatic works, as part of the initiative “Dialogue of Mind .. Youth Debates”, which comes within the activities of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021. This event aimed to strengthen the role of young writers in the discussing of cultural issues.
During the third episode of the initiative, which was broadcasted on the Al-Multaqa channel on YouTube, two teams interacted, the first one was led by the writer and artist Lina Al-Aali, also included the writers Ahmed Al-Hammadi and Muhammad Al Shuraim.
This team saw a presence of Qatari literary works in the drama since the eighties of the last century. They saw also that the current Young writers own the forefront of creativity and they have some works that discusses community issues and are suitable for a dramatic frame.
Lina Al-Aali said :”We support converting the Qatari literary works into dramatic forms (theatrical, cinematic and television works), because the drama reflects the customs and traditions of any society. As the works of writers have transformed into a drama like Wadad Al-Kuwari, we now have writers who have creative works suitable for drama such as Maryam Rabee Al-Ansari, she will transform some of her works into drama, and also we have the writer Muhammad Al-Marri, who will present soon with a literary work in the form of series”.
From his part, the writer Ahmed Al-Hammadi said that he is in favor of transforming the literary works into the drama, because the series through 30 episodes can convey to us an entire historical period with its social, economic and other conditions.
He stressed on the importance of refining the drama writer’s talent in academic study or through specialized workshops to produce creative texts.
He pointed out the importance of concerting efforts of the state’s cultural institutions concerned with drama and literature, such as Doha Film Institute, Doha Drama Writing Award, and Katara Award for Arabic Novel, to provide joint workshops for young writers to develop their skills in writing.
In his turn, the writer Muhammad Al Shuraim said :”There is a special imprint of Qatari drama at the level of the history of Gulf drama, especially the period of the eighties and nineties of the last century. He explained that the currently drama reflects the issues of society, however, we need to develop the skills in the technique of script writing”.
But the second team, led by the writer Issa Abdullah and Mai Al-Nisf and Aisha Al-Abdullah, saw that there is a lack of literary works which suitable for transformation into drama. Issa Abdullah said: “There is a dearth of Qatari dramas that have been converted from literary works. We still want young writers to enter this field”.
From her part, the writer May Al-Nisf said that the literary works that are suitable for transformation into dramatic works are a few, because it needs the expertise and the technique to address the issues of society.
The writer Aisha Al-Abdullah said :” There is no diversity in the issues presented in drama, unfortunately we do not find new drama writers, or they are not shed light on them. Perhaps there are some works needs to be converted into a drama, but they still need to appear”.
“There are many dimensions that affect the drama, including religious, social, and others matters”, said the critic Kaltham Abdul Rahman. She added that the good text imposes itself on the drama makers, but we need someone to discover this text through the conscious critic, as well as the supporting bodies that transform it into meaningful drama.
She said: “We need to read the texts from which raise the taste and raise the level of awareness, also there is an importance of selecting valid literary works into drama”.