Stage Write returns!

Stage Write, the 24-hour playwriting competition for 10-minute scripts, is back for its fifth year. Register for the competition – as an individual or a two-person team – by sending an email to before midday on 26 October. Then […]


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, well established internationally and a […]


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 programme of professional workshops in […]


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 of Dubai”, La Perle is […]

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The Junction is looking for next season’s projects: apply now!

H72, Dubai’s longest running independent theatre group (it was previously called Backstage Productions), is looking for proposals to feature in its 2017-18 season (September to May) at The Junction. It’s open to suggestions for “great plays with great stories and […]


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 intimate tale; but it’s delivered […]


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, An Iliad is a sweeping […]


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 very short) theatre. The Short+Sweet […]