Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending "Farha", an interactive play at the Cinema Royal in Bourj Hammoud. From the moment I walked into the place, I knew I was in for a unique and immersive experience.
The play, written and directed by Julien Boutros and Karl Hadifeh, describes the story of building residents getting ready to attend a wedding (Farha means the happy moment at the wedding)
What sets "Farha" apart from other plays is its interactive element. Throughout the performance, the audience is invited to circulate inside the building to witness each character in his own space before they all meet in the common area for the final scene. This interactive element not only added to the overall enjoyment of the play, but it also helped to bring the story and characters to life in a way that a traditional play couldn't.
The play cast was excellent, the décor was meticulous and bringing depth and authenticity to the actors' roles.
Overall, "Farha" was a truly innovative theatre experience. Its interactive elements, powerful performances, and thought-provoking themes made it a standout show that I highly recommend. We are happy in Modern Arabesque to cover and support such experiences and artistic directions growing from the heart of the wounded Beirut.