Short+Sweet Dubai is Dubai’s biggest and best short play festival and brings together Dubai’s top theatre groups – Aish Outt Productions, Backstage, Danu, Dubai Drama Group, Natakwale, Orb Theatricals, Theatrewallas, Theatrics and Third Half Theatre. In addition many local schools and universities participate in the festival including The American School of Dubai, The American University of Dubai, Heriot-Watt University, Wollongong University, Emirates Aviation College and Maplewood International School. Held annually every January to March since 2012 the festival includes something for everyone – comedy, drama, romance and thrillers – and all in just 10 minutes. Plays presented in the festival include the best 10-minute plays from around the world as well as scripts by some of Dubai’s top playwrights, brought to life by Dubai’s top actors, directors and theatre companies.
Writer: Zakaia Cvitanovich & Sanoop Dinesh (Abu Dhabi) Director: Sanoop Dinesh ITC: Beyond the Veil
Cast: Ro Gilbert (Advika) and Sanoop Dinesh (Samar)
A couple, under tremendous pressure to procreate, discuss alternative ways of starting a family. But will their parents agree? Are they even ready to have a family?
Writer: Pamela Western (Australia) Director: Mara Carpencu Pop
Cast: Prithvi Nikhil Lopez (Waiter), Ahmed Syed (Jack), Preethi Vijayakumar (Alice)
Jack and Alice, about to split up, are in a trendy restaurant. They never actually get around to eating, or talking about their relationship, because an over enthusiastic waiter keeps interrupting them.
Writer: Ron Burch (USA) Director: Syeda Aisha Atif ITC: Heriot-Watt University
Cast: Ram Sridhar (Dr. Santos), Syeda Aisha Atif (Ash)
Love comes in all shapes and sizes, in humans and in animals; But do we have the final definition of the word love? What is normal in love? Is love even normal?
Writer: Trace Crawford Director: by the ensemble, with music by Majd Qasem ITC: The American University in Dubai Theatre Society
Cast: Rasheed Hattab (Man) Anahit Tshughurya (Woman) Majd Qasem (Busker)
How do you meet a nice guy these days? Go online? Smile politely across a crowded room at a party? Or maybe you run towards him, screaming like crazy…
Writer: Bruce Kane (USA) Director: Vaishali Balgu ITC: Drama Galleries
Cast: Sikendar Hemani (Ted) & Nisha bajaria (Babara)
Romance and commitment get turned inside out when two emotional masochists form a relationship based on mutual rejection featuring one man and one woman.
Writer: Tashia Dorsey (USA/UAE) Director: Tashia Dorsey ITC: Upstage Entertainment
Cast: Tashia Dorsey (The PM Widow)
The Pre-Menopausal Widow was reborn out of the suspicious and untimely death of her husband. Empowered by tragedy she builds a media empire empowering other women to soar like eagles.
Writer: Jonathan Rand (USA) Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley ITC: ASD
Cast: Tuana Fayyad (Detective Kimball) Hayden Leever (Detective Mills), Austin Turner (Sheldon), Wyatt Sage (Cop), Alizeh Habib (Cop)
Sheldon is the nicest guy in town but unfortunately by law this town prohibits being a nice guy. Will a crash course from a pair of local police detectives and a very special specialist, help him learn to be a jerk fast enough to stay out of prison?
Writer: Steve Korbar (USA) Director: Preethi Vijayakumar
Cast: Mara Carpencu Pop (Susan), Prithvi Nikhil Lopez (Sean)
On a red eye flight from Dubai to London, a screaming child prompts a couple to find romantic attraction through their mutual dislike of children. If you’ve ever been on a flight with crying babies (who hasn’t?!), this play will ring a bell.
Writer: Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic (Canada) Director: Stephen Delano ITC: Maplewood International School
Cast: Aryaan Ahmed, Safwan Khan, Omar Wehbe, Abdulla El Hage, Yaser Alkahlout, Hayder Abbas Hamad
Several actors retell a hilarious Serbian folk tale. Or is it Scottish? Italian? Or could it just be….Canadian?
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