Short+Sweet set to hit Dubai stage
Dubai, February 20, 2013
The biggest 10-minute theatre festival in the world will be launched in Dubai tomorrow (February 21) at DUCTAC in the Mall of the Emirates.
The Short+Sweet Dubai festival, which runs until March 2, will feature over 200 local actors, writers and directors as they bring to life 50 plays, all 10 minutes or less. For the first time ever in Dubai, Short+Sweet will bring together all of the leading local theatre groups in one theatre in one night, said a statement.
The event is presented by Emirates NBD, Marina Home and 7DAYS.
Companies to perform at the festival include The Human Spirit Project, Drama Dubai Workshops, Dubai Drama Group, Backstage, Theatrewallas, Star Too, Third Half Theatre and OpenThinking. The festival will also feature visiting Chennai theatre group, Stray Factory.
The cream of the crop of local actors will also be on show with Dubai’s leading local actor Dana Dajani gracing the festival as well as Brook Butterworth, Jassim Lone, Liz Hadaway, Tania Siddiqi, Assem Kroma, Toby Mason and Eric Dury.
Top local directors involved in the festival include Kemsley Dickinson, Sol Abiad, Brent Jenkins, Gautam Goenka, Phil Ridley, Sanjeev Dixit, Mohammed Rahmo, Anish Rao, Nina Hein, Priyanka Johri, Jamal Iqbal, Naima Thompson, Phil Ridley and Sadia Noori.
And local writers to have their work showcased at the festival include Hananah Zaheer, Marie and Frank Dullaghan, Clifford and Jana Single, Vinod Poojary, Iyad Mourtada, Ankita Rao Manikantan, Shina Ahmad and Enzo Messina.
No less than 35 local playwrights will have works presented while the international flavour of Short+Sweet is also on show with six plays from Australia, three from India and one each from New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and the USA. Abu Dhabi is also represented among the scripts on show.
An incredibly broad range of theatrical styles will be covered in the festival from English drawing room comedy to Indian social drama to physical theatre to improvisation.
Short+Sweet Dubai Festival Director Alex Broun, who has launched Short+Sweet Festivals throughout Australia and India, New Zealand and Singapore said he was incredibly excited about what audiences would see on stage over the next two weeks.
“Dubai has never seen anything like this” said Broun. “It’s a chance to see all the best local talent on the same stage on the same night.”
Tickets are available from DUCTAC or TimeOut Tickets at www.timeouttickets.com
For a full festival programme, visit http://www.shortandsweet.org/shortsweet-theatre/our-festivals/dubai/festival-programme-2013 - TradeArabia News Service