In the theatre section, we are delighted to display two visual works, a graphic representation of the important events and characters that shaped the theatre in Sudan in the past century, from 1900-2000. Besides 15 min long documentary to shed a light on Shoaf Drama Group as one of the contemporary experimental groups emerged in the nineties. Moniem Ibrahim creates both, the timeline and documentary.
Shoaf Drama Group
“Holding onto your pains so you can see”
The Shoaf Drama Group was formed in mid-1991, following the closure of the High Institute of Music and Drama by the Sudanese Islamic Government. The driving force of the group were the first-year students whose studies were cut short. Their first production was “Yankee Curse”, a play based on a poem by Sudanese poet, Mohamed T. El-Gadal. A performance of this play had formed part of the requirements for degree assessment for third year directing students from 1989-1990. The original idea to form Shoaf Drama Group emerged during the four-months rehearsal period for this play.
The objectives of the group were agreed to be the following:
1- Help to lead theatre out of its limited range of popularity and to assert it as an artistic, intellectual and socially-based movement.
2- By presenting experimental performance as a well-developed alternative, that challenges the predominant form of theatre.
3- Correct the traditional view that theatre is a marginal activity, and raise awareness that it is an intellectual, creative endeavour that enriches the mind as well as the emotions.
4- Work on exploring an intense visual language that expresses care and understanding of humanity through theatre on an international stage.
5- Use all available media, such as seminars, exhibitions, symposia, etc. to achieve the above.
A Sudanese theatre and video practitioner, has worked as a director, actor, camera operator and editor through the years. Moneim studied at the High Institute for Music and Drama (1987 – 1995). He worked for Shoaf Drama Group (1991 – 1996) as director and actor. He moved to Netherlands in 1996, he then joined Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as a staff member among the audiovisual team for twelve years. With the help of the IOM, Moniem was able to set-up a digital archive unit at the college of Music and Drama and the National Theatre in his home country, Sudan, the project took place in four separate periods between 2010 and 2016. Currently Moniem works as theatre and video maker at Freelance in London, UK
Some of his work
Directing for theatre
Yankee curse 1990
Between Khalifa and Amona Bit Haj Ahmed 1993
Captains of the sands 1995
Participated as a director during WATDI workshop in Afeif Ismail’s play “Shrouds or the Dead” 2009
Participated as an actor in several works for cinema and theatre 1988-2016
James John shoe-shine boy, a tribute to Magdi Elnour 2007
Echoes Deep Under Digital Water! 2009