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Saudi women-only theater attracts Eid audience

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Women-only theatrical productions have recently become an outstanding feature of Muslim Eid celebrations in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.

When it comes to Saudi theater, the culture lacks the financial support and suitable infrastructure.

But four years ago, Riyadh’s theater gave space to women-only productions to shed light on Saudi women issues during plays.

However, more support is needed, a Saudi actress tells Al Arabiya.

“Here in Riyadh we need support. We are given opportunities during Ramadan and Eid, but we still need more throughout the year. We don’t have enough advertising, although many audiences attend our plays.”

The plays, which are performed in front of an all-female audience, tackle social issues such as marriage, raising children and ways of helping those with special needs.