Children’s theatre in Oman 1970- 2007: towards a developed theatre

Al Hinai, Kamla Alwaleed (2010) Children’s theatre in Oman 1970- 2007: towards a developed theatre. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Children’s theatre exists along with other theatrical forms in the cultural life of the Sultanate of Oman. Despite the fact that Omani Children’s Theatre started its life at the beginning of the 1970s, many challenges and obstacles continue to face its ongoing development. A significant landmark in this development was the first Omani Children's Theatre Festival which took place in 2007, thirty-five years after the first Omani children’s play was produced in 1972. This festival represents a new era in the history of Omani theatre in general and the history of children’s theatre in particular.

This study investigates how Children’s Theatre in the Sultanate of Oman can become a viable and valued form of art for the future. It outlines the historical background and the present situation of Omani children’s theatre and, through discussions with interviewees, defines the obstacles it presently faces and suggests ways to overcome them. The study provides a clear vision for a strong children’s theatre culture in Oman and outlines recommendations for achieving this vision.

Presently, there is little written documentation about children’s theatre in Oman. This study provides the first comprehensive historical overview.

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ID Code: 41016
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Gattenhof, Sandra & Comans, Christine
Keywords: children's theatre, children's theatre history, Omani theatre, theatre in education
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2011 01:59
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:44

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