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Curtain falls on Paris puppet theatre to make way for Olympics

Curtain falls on Paris puppet theatre to make way for Olympics

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Curtain falls on Paris puppet theatre to make way for Olympics

Blue and pink lights lit the stage as the curtain rose at the Champs de Mars puppet theatre in Paris, with audience members welcomed to the show by a Guignol marionette against a background of cheerful carnival music.

The puppet theatre, a fixture of the park since 1902, performed one of its final shows on Wednesday before it must close for the Olympic Games.

“This is my life,” the theatre’s director Julien Sommer told Reuters. “Finding out from one day to the next that months later, we’d have to pack our bags, goodbye to 25 years of life – well, 35 years, since I started coming here when I was little – erased in two months for three weeks of sports, that’s really unbelievable.”

Close to the Eiffel Tower, the theatre offers a classic repertoire of fairy tales such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, as well as new creations, with a “troupe” of 400 puppets.

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In January, Sommer said he had been informed by the city government that it was terminating its contract with the theatre, which will be closed from June for Olympic preparations.

A petition to keep the venue open drew more than 13,000 signatures in one month.

The Paris city council finally reversed its decision to terminate the contract, opting to suspend activity until at least October. No reopening date has yet been set.

Sommer says the city could have thought of ways to integrate the theatre into the Olympics.

“It’s a shame to deprive tourists of Parisian life, of everything that’s part of the charm of Paris, and to make something neutral, ephemeral, something without a soul,” he said.

On Wednesday, the puppets gave a joyful performance of the popular fairytale Little Red Riding Hood.

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Some spectators were saddened by the decline of puppet shows, once a popular spectacle in Paris.

“I think there are only three Guignol puppet shows left in Paris,” said Elvire Dauberville, who came to see Wednesday’s show with her two grandchildren.

Backstage, Sommer tidied up his theatre. Touching his Little Red Riding Hood marionette, he bade the puppets goodbye.

“We’ll come back,” he said. “They’re tough. Don’t worry, we’ll be fine.”

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Noor Xarmina crowned Miss Universe Pakistan 2024

Noor Xarmina crowned Miss Universe Pakistan 2024

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Noor Xarmina from Islamabad has been crowned Miss Universe Pakistan 2024 and will represent Pakistan at the 73rd Miss Universe competition in Mexico this November.

Noor’s diverse upbringing across nine different countries shaped her global perspective.

She studied biology and business and worked as a venture capital investor in London before pursuing a career in acting and modeling.

In her free time, she enjoys running for mental clarity. Noor aims to increase Pakistani representation in the international entertainment industry. The first runner-up is Nimra Jacob.

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Shaheera Jalil joins star cast of Selahaddin Eyyubi Season 2

Shaheera Jalil joins star cast of Selahaddin Eyyubi Season 2

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The makers have reportedly “confirmed” that Shaheera Jalil Albasit, who is known for her role in drama series Razia, has now joined the star cast in Season 2 of the mega project Selahaddin Eyyubi.

Earlier in November last year, Shaheera appeared on Amna Isani’s Haute Talk, where she shared some inside information about the auditions for the Selahaddin Eyyubi series.

Shaheera explained, “In 2021, I auditioned for the Pakistan-Turkey joint venture Selahaddin Eyyubi. It was a formal process; I applied, received a call, and traveled to Karachi. I was thrilled and surprised to see amazing actors like Ushna Shah and Ayesha Omar there.

The auditions were conducted by the Turkish team. I was selected out of 60 people, which was a significant achievement. Standing next to actors like Humayun Saeed felt like a milestone. After being selected, I thought I was set with a role in a Turkish drama.

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The drama has since been completed, but none of us are in it. They selected

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Khalilur Rehman released after abduction, police register case

Khalilur Rehman released after abduction, police register case

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The Lahore police on Sunday registered a case on the complaint of eminent writer Khalilur Rehman Qamar that he was kidnapped and tortured.

Qamar is a famous writer and has given the industry some major hits. He is also known to have some controversial views on a variety of subjects.

According to the details, a woman named Amina had called Qamar to her house saying she wanted to make a drama and when he reached the woman’s house, the armed men kidnapped him.

The Payare Afzal writer had to give a huge sum of money to the kidnappers for his release.

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Later the Sundar police registered a case of the incident based on his statement.

In the FIR, it is mentioned that the accused kept on torturing Qamar and kept moving him to different places, the accused threatened to kill him and asked him to request for more money from his relatives.

It was further stated in the FIR that the accused had transferred Rs250, 000 from Qamar’s mobile phone and also took his watch, cash and ATM card.
 

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