When Kuwait's Information Ministry announced it would not license any musical concerts this Eid al-Fitr as an act of solidarity with the Syrian people, some producers and artists turned to theatre productions, which witnessed an unprecedented surge.
This year, Kuwaiti audiences can choose from among more than 15 theatre performances featuring stars from across Kuwait, the Gulf and the Arab world.
Among the actors this year who went for theatre productions for the first time is artist Ahmed Iraj.
Iraj stars in the children's play "Al-Ikhtiraa al-Ajeeb" (The Wondrous Invention) alongside Ahlam Hassan, Bassema Hamada, Hiba al-Durri and Mohammed al-Ramadan.
He told Al-Shorfa he has been careful to make sure the play includes elements "with a targeted, educational angle that purposefully provides children information and advice in a way that attracts rather than repels them".
"For this reason, we have resorted to state-of-the-art technology for our play, which is written by Abdul Nasser al-Zayer, an artist known to cater to children [because of his] appropriate screenplays and themes," Iraj said.
Actress Huda Hussain is also trying her hand in theatre with the play "Zaman Lulua wa Khazna".
The play -- written by Abdul Karim Hussain and directed by Najat Hussain -- also targets children and sends the message that excellence only comes through hard work and diligence.
"In this play, I personify time, which stands beside Lulua, a girl going through a psychological crisis because her friend Khazna is excelling and leaving her behind, so she puts all the blame on time," said actor Khaled Amin.
Amin said he was attracted to the theme of the play, which implies that failure cannot be attributed to the hand of time.
Meanwhile, producer Adel al-Muslim is presenting the second part of the horror-comedy "Ashbah Umm Ali: bayn al-Khiyana wa al-Hob".
Al-Muslim stars in the play alongside Abdul Imam Abdullah, Ahmed al-Awnan, Shawq, Nawaf al-Qattan and others.
"This play is a follow-up after the success of the play 'Ashbah Umm Ali', presented in 2006 and 2007," he said. "The story this time presents a different reality than the original story, by way of an Alzheimer's patient. What is special about this performance is that the audience interacts with the play from the moment the lead character comes on stage."
"This play is for adults and we advertised it as such, since children cannot enter the theatre and watch the third performance of the play, which is presented every day at half past midnight," al-Muslim told Al-Shorfa.
"Through this play, we were keen on giving young people the opportunity to express themselves artistically, as I work with three young Kuwaiti special effects specialists: Abdul Wahab al-Failakawi, Mahmoud Farid and Sanad Rashed," he said.
Other plays include performers from other Arab countries. In his first appearance in a Kuwaiti play, Egyptian actor Talaat Zakariya stars in "Wa Baadein", which opens at the Kaifan Theater in Kuwait on the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
Daoud Hussein, Fatima Abdul Rahim, Abdullah al-Otaibi and Emad al-Akari act alongside Zakariya.