Review: Mary Poppins at Dubai Opera

Review: Mary Poppins at Dubai Opera

Mary Poppins, the Disney movie, with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke was one of my childhood favourites. I must have watched it over 100 times. (My Mother says I wore out my first copy) So queue a crazy excited Emma once the Dubai stop on the tour was confirmed. I also had the pleasure of interviewing the principle cast, and creative director last week so I already knew that the show didn’t just copy the film, but actively aimed to bring more to the table. Otherwise why leave the house? You could just sit in your pants and put the film on.

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Epic Win – Review of An Iliad

Epic Win – Review of An Iliad

2700 years and nothing has changed. 2700 and wars still rage.  2700 years and a single man can hold a stage, and with a muse, enlighten a deranged delight in a lonely phrase. Since Tuesday night, the opening of An Iliad, I have been beside myself with anger and grief and resentment and...

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Review: Wildcards 3 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Wildcards 3 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Imagine this: you’re convincing your friends to go out to the theater. They hesitate, they whinge, and they cringe. You ask why? “Because”, they say. When you finally get down to it, they don’t want to because they “don’t like theatre.” “It’s just so pretentious.” “It gets too political.” “They...

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Review: Mary Poppins – Turning Pointe Youth Ballet School

Review: Mary Poppins – Turning Pointe Youth Ballet School

When I was growing up, I spent any spare time that I had at dance classes. I did ballet, tap, stage, modern, jazz, rock n roll … I even had a run of line dancing lessons. My Mum would jokingly (I think) complain of the hours she had to spend...

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Review: Top 40 Week 2 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Top 40 Week 2 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Top 40 Week 2 was a relieving and satisfying reminder of how much the arts have grown and improved in the country in the last decade. So much talent and creativity was on display to (another) sold-out audience. Some years back, it would have been difficult to imagine seeing this...

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Review: Wildcards 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Wildcards 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Short+Sweet Dubai 2017 continued on Saturday, February 4th with the first Wildcards event, bringing Dubai residents something different to do for a weekend afternoon. Unlike the Top 40, the Wildcards tend to have more experimentation and more risk, making the atmosphere more supportive and communal than the competitive Top 40. But,...

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Review: Top 40 Week 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Top 40 Week 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Short+Sweet came roaring back last night to a full house, and with an overall decent evening of theatre. Braving a surprisingly blustery chill outside, the excitement and energy inside kept the audience a bit warm. (Too bad The Junction can’t serve drinks… it might have been a bit warmer.) Being...

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Dissecting Cats – Where the Media & Dubai Opera Went Wrong

Dissecting Cats – Where the Media & Dubai Opera Went Wrong

Cats has just finished its run at the Dubai Opera. Emma, Qassab and I (Phil) saw it, we’ve heard other people’s opinions (both expert and pedestrian), and while it’s not all negative, there are common threads between all the reviews. There were obvious technical faults and issues (e.g. the sound levels)....

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Roaring Tigers or Weak Kittens? | Cats Review

Roaring Tigers or Weak Kittens? | Cats Review

Cats is undoubtedly a spectacle. Beyond some of the major one-time events, it would be difficult to find anything in Dubai with this height of production value and with that “Broadway magic.” But I couldn’t help feeling like a little something was missing. I’m only going to look at this...

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Ballet French Style | Ballet Grand Gala Review

Ballet French Style | Ballet Grand Gala Review

The Ballet Grand Gala returned for its fourth year in the UAE bringing an exclusive selection of classical and contemporary works performed by dancers of the Paris Opera National Ballet. Dorothee Gilbert was the named star of this production, and she was accompanied by some of the ‘most promising talents...

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