Festival

More short theatre for Dubai

Dubai is getting a brand new three-day festival of theatre under the name Theme 8, with performances at the Theatre at Mall of the Emirates at the end of the month. The festival is for original short plays (8 to […]

Theatre

Making theatre, one person at a time

What’s the most personal form of theatre, the one that seizes your attention, engages your emptions, and leaves you nowhere to hide? The one that forces you to be actually part of the experience, even though you’re the audience and […]

Performance

Mapping the world: CARTOGRAPHY at NYUAD

We know we live in one of the world’s most geographically diverse places. The UAE is home to over 200 nationalities, and people born somewhere else make up around 88 percent of the total population. What’s more, those incomers aren’t […]

Comedy

Sharjah gets a fringe

Sharjah is getting a fringe festival, with more than 600 shows – mostly (but not all) aimed at families – running in the second half of this month. You’d expect a fringe to be an add-on or ornament to an […]

Architecture

Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]

Architecture

50 To Follow

Here it is: the 2019 edition of magpie’s 50 To Follow. Like most retrospective lists, it’s intended as a conversation piece. We fully expect you to disagree with our inclusions, and with the (admittedly pretty arbitrary) ranking that we’ve given […]

Theatre

Why Gatz is so great

“No more than a glorified anecdote, and not too probable at that” wrote HL Mencken, doyen of 1920s literary critics, in his slightly sniffy 1925 review of The Great Gatsby. True, he liked the book’s “careful and brilliant finish”; but […]