The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

National Theater performances during COVID-19 lockdown


By: Karima Malikzada

KABUL: The National Theater, which is acting within the Ministry of Information and Culture, has launched a series of dramas on coronavirus pandemic during the several months of quarantine.

An official of the Theater Sharif Sarwari told The Kabul Times that he has written a script on the coronavirus which was played by the artists as well as he has written several others in the name of Independence [on the advent of the country’s independence festival], Trapped Devil, Jealousness etc, during the quarantine of covid-19.


The shows were held at the halls of the Loya Jirga, Ministry of Education, Chaharchenar Palace, Chehelston Palace and others besides the National Theater Hall, according to Sarwari. He said the players have fully observed immunity instructions of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to avoid the outbreak of the virus during the multiply held ceremonies.

According to him, some of his written scripts on 1399 Nowruz festival has not been played due to heavy outbreak of the virus in the country. All personnel of the National Theater have been ordered to quarantine once the virus surged countrywide, but Sarwary said he didn’t keep silent and under the instruction of the related organs, he wrote a manuscript in the name of Opportunist, taking in mind the current abnormalities and irregularities of the society.


“My work on the subject was sent to be aired on the TV of the Ministry of Education,” said the scriptwriter. He thanked the Ministry of Information and Culture for encouraging the artists and theater players and asked for more attention in this respect.

Sarwari has so far written more than 50 manuscripts on films and plays as well as 100 small figurative pieces to be released on radio and have edited 40 to 50 others.

This year’s COVID-19 outbreak suspended the entire world and forced people around the globe to keep restricted at homes to prevent further eruption. The virus, which has risen from the Wuhan state of China has so far affected up to 24 million people and left more than 800,000 deaths worldwide.

In Afghanistan, the country’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has estimated the virus to affect more than 10 million. However, the official figure was only a bit more than 39,000, with 1,390 deaths across the country.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.