For hundreds of thousands of years, art has been a major form of expression in many societies. As art has evolved over the course of time, it began to evoke certain reactions out of its spectators.
Among the phenomenal turning points of the theatrical arts was when Russian dramatist Constantin Stanislavski founded the Moscow Art Theatre, initiating the revolutionary movement now called realism.
Inspired by the insightful teachings of Stanislavski and his movement, the Drama Department of Raha International School worked effortlessly for many months to stage the play Eat: It’s Not About The Food.
Directed by Ms. Rhea Lynn, the play effectively demonstrated the main concepts of realism by addressing a serious social issue.
Touching upon the ethical and moral implications of pop culture, the play presented a haunting insight into the personal lives of teens with eating disorders (in particular Amy, played by Tala Barham, and Joey, played by Chris Hage), as it explores the psychological inner conflict they face in their daily lives.
The play began with a short introduction by Tala Barham and Shaikha Al Salman, as Amy’s mom, describing the reality of eating disorders in modern pop culture. Not only was the introduction informative, but also it was filled with articulation and emotion as seen through the actresses’ tone, thus causing the audience to realize the seriousness of the issue in hand.
A very enjoyable aspect of the play was the Generic TV Actress’s monologues, performed by Maxine de la Rey, that helped lift up the somber atmosphere, as her performances could have been seen as a commentary on the media’s influence on our perception of beauty.
The scenes taking place in the asylum especially stood out throughout the duration of the play, as the casts’ realistic acting skills helped the audience visualize the setting in their minds, and sympathize with their feelings of anger and frustration.
Among the most emotional scenes of the play was the death of Lisa, with whom Amy shared an intimate moment with at the asylum. That intimate scene made effective use of props, such as the blanket, that helped convey the closeness between the 2 characters while they discussed their future plans.
However, the play could have been made even better by the consistent use of technology in order to deliver the main message. Although the background music played in the beginning was very nice, carrying out more sound effects in the rest of the scenes would’ve had a much more dramatic effect in the audience.
Nevertheless, the play was a fantastic work by the Drama Department at raising awareness of eating disorders, as it displayed the harm it causes to individuals and the people around them. And so, great job to all of those who participated in the play! We’ll be looking forward to more performances by these talented individuals in the near future.