The Magic Grater (Gaza 2009)


“The Magic Grater” is based on an old Arab folktale, renewed by director and the players. It is the known theme of the king disguising himself as one of the people. In our play, the people are being harassed by a “tax collector” and complaints are going to the king who descends to the market to find out what’s going on. In the meantime, a magic grater is being sold in the same market by 2 boys. They don’t want it because they can hear the thoughts of the people if they listen to it. But wait! Something not right is going to happen. Maybe the boys should listen. So they do!

The Players
Hatem Basuni – The King
Abdallah Nijem – Guard 1
Yusef Al Kharafin – Guard 2
Hamzi Shehadeh – Saed
Mohammed Al Kharawat – Samr
Mohammed Al Arini – The Tinsman
Ahmad Abu Shaban – The Doctor
Omar Abdel Dayem – Ghouli and Guard 3
Bilal Abu Sharkh – Guard 4
Mohammed Shambari – Wife of the Mayor
Mohammed Abdel Dayem – The Mother

Directed by Mohammed Abu Tuk

Assistant – Murad Mughari

Technical and Production
Riyad Al Akhras, Ahmad Qadada, Ashraf Sirhan, Ward Nasrallah, Mohammed Nofal

Randa Muhanna, Amal Abu Daoud, Dalia Sakani (Gaza)
Amer Khalil, Nancy Shourati, Dina Zbidat, Francis Tams  (Jerusalem)

Artistic Supervision
Jan Willems, Rafat Al Aydi, Jackie Lubeck