A glut of short theatre festivals in Dubai?

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? We’ll find out next year, when two competing short-play festivals run in Dubai at more or less the same time. The protagonists are Short+Sweet, […]


Dubai Culture revamps its youth theatre programme

Dubai Culture is developing a strategy to support what it calls “the growing requirements of the performing arts sector in the Emirate of Dubai, the UAE, and the wider region”. In practice this means a […]


Is La Perle “the future of live entertainment”?

Dubai is getting its first more-or-less permanent live entertainment show in the shape of La Perle at Al Habtoor City on the Dubai Water Canal. It opens on 31 August. Apparently “inspired by the spirit […]


How a robot in love made it to the big screen

Now you might have thought puppets were for kids, and a sweet tale about a robot falling in love might be a tad insubstantial. You’d be wrong. Nufonia Must Fall is indeed a charming, touchingly […]


A tale for our times: An Iliad at NYU Abu Dhabi

Now this what pure theatre should be like – poignant and evocative, powerful and gripping, involving the audience completely despite the essential artifice of the actor on the stage. A remarkable new take on Homer’s epic poem, […]


Short, Sweet and in Abu Dhabi again

The Short+Sweet festival of short plays returns to Abu Dhabi on 20 and 21 January, again showing at NYUAD Arts Center’s Black Box theatre – a suitably intimate environment for a feast of short (sometimes […]


Finding 50 to follow

magpie magazine is putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are active in design, performance and the arts. In January we’ll be publishing our […]

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Resuscitation Theatre casting workshops

Resuscitation Theatre is holding two casting workshops for its upcoming spring production and for its participation in Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi. The workshops will be on Sunday 4 Dec and Tuesday 6 Dec at 7pm, at […]


Dubai Opera: first impressions

First impressions of Dubai Opera from the press beano at a Barber of Seville rehearsal the day before it opened officially last week: ▶ It’s a great size. Small-to-medium (2000 or so seats) but also […]