The Sudanese theatre has a long history that goes back to more than a century and the College of Music and Drama has graduated generations of directors, actors and critics. Those graduates included Salih Abdul Gadir who worked as an actor, producer and researcher in the theatre and ultimately became the dean of the Faculty of Drama in the Nilein University in Khartoum. He obtained the PhD by presenting a dissertation titled “Employment of the Place in the Theatrical Show, a Study on the Place Theatre”, from the University of Sudan, the College of Music and Drama, in 2010. He acted in a large number of heritage and new plays and took part in more than 30 radio serials, more than 20 radio plays and more than 20 TV films, produced and turned into theatrical works of prominent writers and participated in many festivals in several Arab countries. He is currently redirecting “Akil Aish” (subsistence) of late al-Fadil Saeed which will be presented in a number of countries, including Qatar, in the next months.
In the following interview, DR. Abdul Gadir spoke on the concerns of the Sudanese theatre:-
SUDANOW: Do the curricula of the Sudanese Drama College cope with the developments of nascent and post-nascent theatre?
Abdul Gadir: In the process of establishing and designing the curriculum of the Drama Section of the University, we conducted a scrutiny of curricula of various Arab and Western institutes and colleges and organized a workshop on the matter before designing a syllabus that matches with the international developments and with country’s requirements. It was the first time for the Sudan to have an educational theatre where instructors of the school theatre are qualified and students are trained for work in the educational and child drama. In pursuance of this purpose we held more than one workshop on designing the curricula and we keep abreast with the relevant developments and instants of modernization and we conduct development and modernization every four years. This rare specialization is found in Egypt and Lebanon while in other Arab countries it is taught as part of the general syllabus, not as a specialization. However, the educational theatre has of late earned attention in the Arab world; it has even become a major concern for all educationalists, in particular, and theatre activists.