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30 September - 2 OctoberStarts at AED 50
A brand new three-day festival of theatre for original short plays (8 to 12 minutes long) in English and in any genre, all based on a common theme – which for this inaugural year is ‘Black & White’. According to Orb Events, which is running the festival, the aim is “to develop local writers and directors who can think out of the box to use the theme effectively and create and present different stories on stage”.
Registrations were solicited earlier this year and closed at the end of March; participants then had two months to write a script and pitch it to the organisers, who selected 13 of them to enter the festival. They picked a further eight scripts to run in a Black Box pre-show for plays that did not get through the pitching round but which were deemed to be worthy of a second chance, and three of these will be included in the main competition round.
That competition is ultimately for Best Play, meaning best all rounder. Emphasising the essential point that a good show is a team effort, a synthesis of individual and technical contributions, there will be no individual awards for actors or directors. Indeed, ‘collaboration points’ will be used as tie breaker if necessary; and the only other prize will be a ‘best collaboration’ award.
30 September (Black Box) – 8pm AED 50
1 October (Main Stage 1) – 7.30pm AED 60+
2 October (Main Stage 2) – 3.30pm AED 60+
2 October (Finale) – 7.30pm AED 80+