The Bani Yas Theatre Company and Emirati Theatre will be presenting Sayniyat Al Shuqoor, 'The Incense Tray'.
In some Arabian cultures, the phenomena of witchcraft and fortune telling is a means of dealing with the problems and uncertainties of life. This offers many the answers they may be seeking about relationships, lovers, careers, health and marriage, despite their falsehood. Practitioners of witchcraft are supremely confident and perhaps this partly explains the spread of their influence, as people naturally respond to confidence and are eager for a change in their fortunes.
The Incense Tray is part of a ritual called the visitor, which is a blessing-seeking ritual and the play turns a critical and artful eye on an array of characters, situations and stories, as well as the dark underbelly of witchcraft and fortune telling. There’s a real danger in witchcraft, as people of different cultures can fall prey to the promise of false answers and quick solutions to the problems that befall them.
The play is written by Hamid Fares, directed by Ala’a Al-Naeemi and starring: Hassan Yousef, Saeed Al-Hersh, Khamees Al-Yemahi, Mansour Al-Ghassani, Hamdan Al-Hendasi and Kadi Al-Qaisi.