In a street in the western Algerian city of Oran, actor Amine Missoum gestures and calls, urging passersby to take a seat to attend a street theatre play organised by his troupe. Meanwhile, in another area of the city, a music and theatre troupe puts on a performance for a crowd gathering to hear their tunes and melodies.
In the past, the goual — Algerian Arabic for the announcer — and the meddah, the poet or storyteller, were iconic sights in the streets of the North African nation, going from city to city to meet the public.
Major Algerian dramaturges drew inspiration from them, such as Abderrahmane Kaki and Abdelkader Alloula, who were both influenced by the tradition, some say…
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