RIYADH: Fennec, a Saudi community theater space, launched its first event in Riyadh this week, bringing its Jeddah workshops for performing and theatrical artists to the Saudi capital from July 26-31.
Fennec is hosting a range of workshops at the City Hub, including comedy, theatrical and improvization workshops.
“Fennec was a dream of mine for a very long time, and today that dream has become a reality. We are pleased to present Fennec to the Saudi arts and culture community,” said Yaser Bakr, Fennec founder.
The theater space aims to discover, support and develop Saudi talent in performing and theatrical arts, celebrate the diverse Saudi culture, and empower members of society to communicate through art.
The platform enriches quality of life by making art available to everyone through its programs and workshops.
“The turnout was beautiful. We know that Riyadh and the Kingdom generally are full of talents; nonetheless, the turnout surprised us, even the diversity of the people who showed up, from women, men and people of different ages,” said Majed Al-Amoudi, a comedian and a training coach at Fennec.
The workshops host sessions accredited by specialized schools and institutes worldwide, as well as exercises designed by experienced trainers.
“What I liked most about this workshop is that the training coaches were specialists and people that we know and have been following, so they were close to me, and I saw them offering the secrets of their profession,” said Hossam Al-Zahrani, a Saudi actor.
Fennec launched its event with a comedy 101 workshop, presented by Bakr, Al-Amoudi and Sri Khaled. Trainees learned how to compose a joke, the elements of humor, the secrets of comedy and writing, and were offered a chance to practice on stage.
“What is great about this workshop is that it teaches you the basics of how to compose a joke, which is something I wanted to learn for a long time, as it helps you tell a joke in a better way,” said Nahed Nabah, an actor.
Fennec was launched in December 2022. In less than a year, the Saudi community theater space has become a partner in major projects in the Saudi arts and culture sector.
On the final day of the Riyadh workshops, trainees will showcase their work and new skills.
“Everyone is welcome to see their work and what they have covered, from skills and accomplishments, over the last five days,” said Rozana Banawi, Fennec program development manager.