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3 Sep 2017 to 20 May 2018
20 Sep 2017 to 12 May 2018
26 Jan 2018 to 3 Mar 2018
When
Friday, January 26, 2018 to Saturday, March 3, 2018
Where
The Junction
Alserkal Avenue
Al Quoz
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai

The sixth annual Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival  will run for six sensational weeks at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz from January 26th to March 3rd, 2018

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In a very exciting new development in 2018, participating artists will compete for AED20,000 in prizes!!!

The full schedule for the Festival is as follows:

Week 1 Jan 26-27

Top 40 Week 1: Friday January 26 & Saturday January 27 @ 7.30pm

Wildcards 1: Friday January 26 & Saturday January 27 @ 4.00pm

 

Week 2 Feb 2-3

Top 40 Week 2: Friday February 2 & Saturday February 3 @ 7.30pm

Wildcards 2: Friday February 2 & Saturday February 3 @ 4.00pm

 

Week 3 Feb 9-10

Top 40 Week 3: Friday February 9 & Saturday February 10 @ 7.30pm

Wildcards 3: Friday February 9 & Saturday February 10 @ 4.00pm

 

Week 4 Feb 16-17

Top 40 Week 4: Friday February 16 & Saturday February 17 @ 7.30pm

Wildcards 4: Friday February 16 & Saturday February 17 @ 4.00pm

 

People's Choice and Wildcards Finals Feb 23-24

People's Choice Final: Friday February 23 4pm & 7.30pm

Wildcards Final: Saturday February 24 4pm & 7.30pm

 

Red Carpet Gala Final March 1-3

Gala Finals: Thursday March 1 7.30pm, Friday March 2 7.30pm

Red Carpet Gala Final: (including award ceremony) Saturday March 3 7pm

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Week 1 - Friday January 26 & Saturday January 27

  1. WEEK 1 TOP 40


    Friday January 26 & Saturday January 27 @ 7.30pm


    (PLAYS LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    Debate Prep


    Writer/DIrector: Syed Imaduddin (India)


    Presented by Drama Galleries


    Cast: Syed Imaduddin


     


    Reflections


    Writer: Shifa Ahsan, Lionel Mendonsa and Mustafa Ali (India and Pakistan)


    Director: Shifa Ahsan


    Presented by Heriot Watt


    Cast: Ibtisam Thanvi ( Roman), Rehnuma Vasi (Violet), Aisha Atif (Natalie), Ram Sridar  (Andy), Zeeshaan Waseem  (James)


    Two strangers meet again on a rooftop and realise how connected everyone is..


     


    Fear


    Writer: Ian Burgess (Australia)


    Director: Heena Bhaldar


    Presented by Dawn Theatre Production


    Cast: Huda Bhaldar (Baha)


    Fear is natural. It’s the only mechanism to survive, passed down to us by our elders. Fight or Flight But what happens if you stay confined within the walls of your fear for too long? It’s the journey of a mother and her triumph over fear.


     


    Mayan Calendar Society


    Writer: Martin Fey (UK)


    Director: Ellen Abraham-Williams


    Presented by Beyond Veil


    Cast: Craig Kelly, Gerard Fee, Mary O’Sullivan


     


    All Aboard!


    Writer: Jeremy Mason (Canada)


    Director: Stephen Delano


    Presented by Raha International School


    Cast: Mohammed Al Hammadi (Memphis Smith), Baran Basimi (Newton), Micah Duyao (Mother), Ranveer Calra (Conductor and Police Officer), Riddhe Likhe (Kid), Adrian Moraga (Ticket seller), Dmitri Sarazin (Kid), Nicolas Schiller (CEO), Kathrine Trillingsgaard (Mayor)


    8 characters. 8 good reasons to get on a train. Only 1 ticket… All Aboard!!


     


    Put Me Away


    Writer: Sid Abbas (India)


    Director: Hazel Lucas


    Cast: Chris McDermott (Jeremiah Wheeler) Sid Abbas (Nicholas Lee) 


    Nicholas Lee is a reformed Ex-convict who'd been incarcerated in his youth and now lives on the outskirts of town after serving his sentence. Jeremiah Wheeler, his childhood friend's father, a man he hasn't met in years pays him a visit out of the blue with a very strange request.


     


    Don't call me cupid


    Writer: Jonathon Cook (USA)


    Director: Khayyam Khalid


    Cast: Arjun Raman (Eros / Cupid) Swati Randev Verma (Katie) Swaleha Atif (Paige) Rohit Verma (Travis)


    As Katie gets ready for her date with boyfriend Travis, the cupid strikes in the most unlikeliest of way.


     


    One Night Stan


    Writer: Adam Szudrich (Australia)


    Director: Anna Jacob


    Presented by Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Nadine Dessa (Rachel), Sarah Kay-Gibson (Holly), Sabiha Majgaonkar (Marie)


    Three different women. Three different dates. One common factor.  About one night…


     


    True To You


    Writer: Nicky Denovan (UK)


    Director: Suraj Sadeesh


    Presented by Tall Tale Productions


    Cast: Paurav Shah (Richard), Maha Husain (Jane), Neha Kalvani (Waitress)


    Watch a drab and disastrous blind date turn into a life-changing encounter as two delightfully duplicitous individuals indulge in an exchange of untamed honesty. In their conversation, lies (or does it?) a rather endearing commentary on the super-powered superficiality of everyday society.


     


    Screams and Whispers


    Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia)


    Director: Rashmi Kotriwala


    Cast: Kripa Kotriwala (Teenager)


    A teenager discovers a latent power - the ability to communicate telepathically with animals. Problem is, they don't speak English. They just fill your head with barks and meows and..more

     


     


    WEEK 1 WILDCARDS


    Friday January 26 & Saturday January 27 @ 4.00pm


    (PLAYS LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    The Day the Devil Died


    Writer: Mahmoud Basyoni (Egypt)


    Country of Origin of the Writer: Egypt


    Director: Mahmoud Basyoni


    Cast: Mara Carpencu (the angel of death), Mahmoud Basyoni (the devil), Prithvi Lopez(narrator)


    By the end of days and after the death of the last human alive, it is time for the devil to face his final destiny. The angel of death is present. He has one question for the devil. A question he has always wanted to know an answer for.


     


    Build A Wall


    Writer: Carry Pepper (USA)


    Director: Mohamed Abid


    Cast: Ferris Elaraby (John), Mohamed Abid (Jack)


    Two patriotic citizens work hard to protect their country from THEM. But when they forge an unlikely friendship, they may find that the walls between them come crumbling down as they discover that THEY are not so different than US.


     


    Friendship Never Ends


    Writer: Neil LaBute (USA)


    Director: Sarah Potter


    Cast: Robert Haag (Driver), Farzana Palathingal (Woman 1), Mehek Merchant (Woman 2), Roman Pervak (The Passenger) 


    A man has a difficult, possibly dangerous, task to undertake. He hasn’t found the courage to do it. There are major obstacles in his way. And, to be frank, he’s a bit of a wimp. That’s when his real friends have to step in and take control of the situation.


     


    Character Assassination


    Writer: Robert O’Connell (USA)


    Director: Anchala Prem, Georgios Xanthidis


    Presented by Heriot-Watt University


    Cast: Amit Dhawan (Graham Colfax), Lionel Mendonsa (Lawrence Toomey)


     


    Say Nothing


    Writer: C.R. Wright (USA)


    Director: TBA


    Presented by ASD 


    Cast: Amrutha Santosh Kumar (Emily), Theo Gyra (Jack)


    Class President Emily delivers a touching eulogy to the student body. But when her speech is over, she is approached by Elliot's best friend, who accuses her of standing idly by while Elliot was bullied.


     


    Come Die With Me


    Writer:  Victoria Cornerty (UK)


    Director: Priyanka Geriya 


    Cast: Priyanka Geriya, Arshad Khan, Shital Gusani


     


    Psyche Nick


    Writer: Scott Lummer (USA)


    Director: Siddharth Gollapudi   


    Cast: Siddharth Gollapudi, Sailakshmi Deepak


     


    The Other Side


    Writer(s): Company Written/Devised (British-American, Pakistani, Indian and Sri Lankan)


    Director: Ethan David Lee


    Assistant Director: Sadaf Habib


    Presented by Convergence Theatre Company


    Cast: Archita Arun (Hamera), Shalini Corea (Gaia), Smrithi Nair (Nyx)


    Hamera struggles between her innate desire to journey to The Other Side and the pull of her sister, Nyx, pleading she stay in the safety and security of their home.


     


    Status Update: A Symphony


    Writer: Bradley Hayward (Canada)


    Director: Caitlin Rose


    Presented by Raha International School


    Cast: Adam Aly (James), Marko Prinsloo (Brody), Josh Koorneef (Vance), Amelia Pearson (Cindy), Kira Lewis (Laura), Saja Masalmeh


    Have you ever wondered what social media would be like if I was real life? In this fun and upbeat comedy, you'll see how social media narrates the live of these unique teenagers as they express their hopes and fears online in a rousing symphony of status updates.


Week 2 - Friday February 2 & Saturday February 3

  1. WEEK 2 TOP 40


    Friday February 2 & Saturday February 3 @ 7.30pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    It’s not you it’s me


    Writer: Don Zolidis (USA)


    Director: ASD Drama Group


    Presented by ASD


    Cast: Hayden Leevar (He), Marieke Bosman (She) Megan Gupta (Her), Zack Jenio (Him)


    Exploring the painful art of breaking-up through comedic and awkwardly realistic characters, who make you feel relieved not to be the receiving end of these fatal relationship words.


     


    Together


    Writer: Michael Sams (Australia)


    Director: Hiba Khan & Zille Rehman


    Presented by Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Hiba Khan (Lauren), Zille Rehman (Kyle)


    They met by chance and fell for each other. They started a life together like any other couple and then it all changed. But she never lost hope as they were meant to be together…


     


    The Man From the Bar


    Writer: Philip Kavanagh (Australia)


    Director: Ankita Rao


    Presented by H72 Productions


    Cast: Ankita Rao


     


    Fake History


    Writer/Director: Christopher McDermott (UK)


    Cast: Greg Lunn. Hazel Lucas, Roman Pervak, Sarah Potter, Justin Usle (Voice over)


     


    Hinge


    Writer/Director: Johny Johnson (India)


    Presented by NA 


    Cast: Assyl Yacine, Greg Lunn


     


    Lifetimes


    Writer/Director: Fida Slayman (Australia)


    Cast: Emily Jardine (Nora), Tamas Lorincz ( Ben)


    We live one life, and many lifetimes. Ben & Nora are on a train, but theirs is not a usual journey. This is a trip that will take them through the different stages of their lives, giving us perspective on the lives we lead, how much we change, and how much we stay the same. 


     


    Workplace Wellness


    Writer: Kate Jaimet (Canada)


    Director: Monica Chatterjee


    Cast: Maurice Cassan (The Sergeant), Carine Bouery (The Workplace Wellness Consultant), Ahmed Syed (Tim the Police Officer), Sailakshmi (Shiela the Police Officer) 


    A shabby warehouse has been taken over by the police to conduct surveillance. The whole scenario takes place while the officers are discussing their plan of action and the right strategies. The ongoing investigation goes sideways when the police force hires a Jungian psychotherapist to act as their Workplace Wellness Consultant.


     


    The Smell of Rain


    Writer: Renee Boyer (New Zealand)


    Director: Akansha Goenka


    Cast: Nadine Dessa, Syed Abbas


     


    TBA


    Writer/Director: Nilesh Deshpande (India)


    Director: Nilesh Deshpande


    Presented by Natakwale


     


    Dr Livingstone & JCVD talk about Jesus in a Tea Shop


    Writer/Director: Ryan D'sa (India, written for The Junction Stagewrite 2017)


    Presented by Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Hamza Merchant (Livingstone), Pushan Sengupta (Jean Claude)


    A journey to Sri Lanka gives Livingstone a few lessons on how to view and approach life. 


     


     


    WEEK 2 WILDCARDS


    Friday February 2 & Saturday February 3 @ 4.00pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    Life time


    Writer: Angie Farrow (New Zealand)


    Director: Xolisile W. Dolo


    Cast: Shivaya Munjal (Megan), Ron Thomas (Elliot)


    The story takes you to a path of looking at the phrase "love at first sight" and how its will end up in marriage. Life time challenges will trying to break apart the family. Can this love survive?


     


    The Jump


    Writer: Pauline Turner (Australia)


    Director: Todd & Lisa O’Brien


    Cast:Todd O’Brien, Lisa O’Brien


     


    The Organ Connection


    Writer/Director: Subin Samuel (India)


    Cast: Abraham Vadakkan (Daniel) and Deepak Priyani (Jack)


    Two men get acquainted with each other while using a green room. As they get deeper into the conversation, things take an interesting turn leading to a confession and unfolding of many emotions thereafter. 


     


    Whatever


    Writer/Director: Nourah Almaiman (KSA)


    Cast: Nourah Almaiman, Onareen Fernandes, Nikhil Mittla


     


    The Notorious Child


    Writer/Director: Xec Mohsin


    Cast: Xec Mohsin, Faraz, Prakash


     


    Macbeth – the Musical


    Writer: Adapted from William Shakespeare (England)


    Director: Swastika K.


    Presented by GEMS New Millennium School


    Cast: Joel J. (Macbeth), Atrayee D. (Lady Macbeth), Arnaav PL (Duncan), Marzuq N. (Banquo), Dhruv L. (Macdonwald), Meena M. (Witch 1), Ananya S. (Witch 2), Mahek J. (Witch 3), Madhumita A. (Dead Witch 1), Aditi S. (Dead Witch 2)


    At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a brave and loyal Thane to King Duncan. After hearing a prophecy that he will become king himself, Macbeth is overcome by ambition and greed. Bolstered by the prophecy and his wife’s encouragement, he kills King Duncan and takes the throne. Afterwards, Macbeth’s guilt, fear, and paranoia lead him to commit even more murders to secure his power. Where does his ambition lead him? Watch Macbeth by NMS Stars!


     


    Marilyn’s on Set


    Writer/Director: Tim Bragaw (USA)


    Presented by The Palace Entertainment


    Cast: Annina Alexis


     


    Surgery


    Writer: Neil Simon (USA)


    Director: ASD Team


    Presented by ASD


    Cast: Dania Abdulla (Kuryatin), Ethan Samandan (Sexton), TBD (Writer)


    Neil Simon’s charming, hilarious, and touching vignette includes a variety of characters, all of whom are immediately relatable and strikingly human.


     


    Notification Anonymous


    Writer: Albert Jamei (Australia)


    Director: Orb Ensemble


    Presented by Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Ahmed Syed (Glen), Angelina Verghese (Kinta), Nikhil Mittal (Dylan), Somiya Mehta (Ranee)


     


    TBA


    Writer: TBA


    Director: Anna Jane Hudgens


    Presented by Maplewood School


Week 3 - Friday February 9 & Saturday February 10

  1. WEEK 3 TOP 40


    Friday February 9 & Saturday February 10 @ 7.30pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    Where are you God


    Written, directed and performed by Robert Christian Trif (Romania)


    Music by Gratiela Marineata


     


    Gathering Stars


    Writer: Emily Nivia (USA)


    Director: Joseph Hutson & Manuel Nivia


    For generations, one family has been tasked with moving the stars through the sky to mark the change of the seasons. But when it comes time for the patriarch to pass on the job, his grandson threatens to leave the family business - with enormous consequences hanging in the balance.


     


    Farewell


    Writer/Director: Purva Grover (India)


    Cast: Sherry Dang Briet


    Mums don’t fall sick. The biggest lie, I grew up with. But, she did. Mum, are you listening, how could you even think of doing this to me?


     


    We are now open for business! Cheers!


    Writer: Deepak Ramakrishnan, Abhinay N & Ajay Simha (India)


    Director: Ajay Simha & Abhinay N


    Cast: Abhinay Narasimha (Leonardo), Ajay Simha (Al Ucard)


    Leo is running a successful medical marijuana company in Colorado, USA. He now wants to give-back to the society and is soliciting ideas from his employees. The discussion that ensues between his employee (Al) and himself forms the crux of the play with a fascinating twist in the end.


     


    Hitting on Women 101


    Writer: Bruce Kane (USA)


    Director: Kailash Nair


    ITC/Group: Black Sheep


    Cast: Kailash Nair (Tim), Disha Joseph (Angie)


    A man who gets tongue tied around attractive women gets a lesson in ‘hitting on women’ from an attractive women he claims to be not interested in


     


    The Interview


    Writer: Siddhartha Jose (India)


    Director: Hansraj Shetty 


    Cast: Hansraj Shetty (Shivam Sanyal - The News Anchor), Deepak Priyani (Sameer Wadhwa - The guest on the show)


    Sexual misconduct / molestation is often associated with the male gender where the female is  the victim . A lot of women have come out in the open to speak about their horrific encounters, but how many men have opened up about their past /present  were they were subject to the same act where a woman was the abuser and they were the victim . It’s time to do that in THE INTERVIEW


     


    Uncomfortable Silences


    Writer: Andrew O’Keefe (Australia)


    Director: Kuvam Sharma


    Cast: Kuvam Sharma (    ), Marike Smith (   )


     


    Teatime


    Writer: Sheila Cowley (USA)


    Director: Roli Agrawal


    Cast: Benjamin Samuel (Dickens), Bindu Viswambaram (Archie), Somiya Mehta (Thackery)


     


    Before it’s too Late


    Writer/Director: Joelle Thomas (USA)


    Cast: Joelle Thomas


     


    Time Flies


    Writer: David Ives (USA)


    Director: Farrah Yassin


     


    TBA


    Writer/Director: Hitesh Rajani (India)


    ITC/Group: Avega Dance


     


    WEEK 3 WILDCARDS


    Friday February 9 & Saturday February10 @ 4.00pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    Cheta, Oru Chaya (One Tea Please)


    Writer/Directors: Shahul Hameed and Johny Johnson (India)


    Language: Malayalam


    Cast: Zanjeer Hussain (Kumaran), Paul Jose (Anoop), Subin Samuel (Politician), Thanseer P.V (Biju), Abraham Vadakkan (Yousuf)


    Kumaran’s tea shop is a hotbed for all kinds of conversations. From fixing marriages to negotiating terms to improve roadworks, everything under the sun is tolerantly discussed and commented upon by the regulars of the establishment. But the sequence of events that unfolds, when a new face from out of town walks in the tea shop, brings into question the mindset of the community.


     


    Tamboo Mein Ghabrahat


    Writer: Adaptation of a scene from a Hindi movie - Pyar Kiye Ja ( 1966)


    Director: Apoorva Mehra


    Language: Hindi


    Cast: Apoorva Mehra (Apoo)


    A flop and unsuccessful film director Apoo is persuading her father to finance and produce her film by narrating her movie script to him. The narration is of a Horror film but how it unfolds into making the audience laugh and giggle at the sudden and comic twists and turns of the narration.


     


    Udaan


    Writer/Director: Richa Anand Nigam (India)


    Language: Hindi


    Cast: Richa Anand Nigam (Simran)


    Jilted by her younger-in-age husband, Simran is forced to move out of her own home - to make way for her husband's young, attractive new lover. Will she let him have his way? Or, can she ruin his plans? A delay in her flight schedule has the answer...


     


    Botheshwarer Obodaan (Boteshwar's Contribution)


    Writer:  Adapted from a short story by Rajshekhar Basu (India)


    Director:  Pradipto Dutta


    Language: Bengali


    Cast: Pradipto Dutta (Boteshwar Sikdar), Saurav Banerjee (Priyabrata), Amit Vikram Ghosh (Dr. Sanjib Chatterjee), Shubhalakshmi Banerjee (Aloka), Pushan Sengupta (Prasun), Amrita Thakur (Kadambaneela a.k.a Anila)


    Noted novelist Boteshwar suddenly receives few fans, all demanding the same climax for his popular serial novel. He refuses to the demand from a young male, an aggressive doctor, a gorgeous actress. What is waiting to unfold? Do the persistent fans succeed or is there a greater secret to reveal!


     


    Face Box


    Writer/Director: Medhat Kadeib (Egypt)


    Language: Arabic (Egyptian Slang)


    Cast: Medhat Kadeib (Face book), Mohamed El Sawy (Sawy)


    Its Sawy’s life and daily fight between humans and their virtual life…Who is really controlling whom? And what will be if “they” decided to appear!! Black comedy about our smart life waiting for you.


     


    Baby Birth


    Writer: Yogesh Soman (India)


    Hindi Adaptation : Devendra Lawate


    Director: Mahesh Dhomkar


    ITC/Group: Natakwale


    Language: Hindi


    Cast: Mugdha Dhomkar (Baby), Mahesh Dhomkar (Sudhir), Anjali Kulkarni (Sudha)


    A play of actions, reactions, laughter and fun filled moments between a mom - dad and baby in the womb.


     


    TBA


    Writer: Ensemble (india)


    Director: Sid Jose


    Language: Kannada


     


    “सिला” [ Sila]


    Writer/Director: theatrewallas Ensemble (India)


    ITC/Group: theatrewallas


    Cast: Dushyant [Sunny], Mona [Mona], Dhara [Yashna], Pathik [Dalal],


    Dhimant [Waiter]


    Dushyant has plans to get rid of his wife Yashna and make merry with a flamboyant Mona. On his anniversary day, he wants to execute the full proof plan to get rid of his wife. The game begins as a rollercoaster ride, to end in an unpredictable ‘happy ending’.


     


    “निकम्मा” [Nikamma ]


    Writer/Director: DR. Shailesh Upadhyay (India)


    ITC/Group: theatrewallas


    Cast:   Mayur [Yash Panchal], Hetvi [Priya Panchal], Dhimant [Abdul ], Varad [Lallan], Pooja [Savita], Minal [Mother in law], Baby Shunyata [self]


    Mayur is a freelancer, IT professional, working from home. The play revolves around the difficulty faced by a male parent tackling the household chores and also beliefs and prejudices of a typical Indian society, towards men, who Do not venture out to earn their living, in conventional ways.


Week 4 - Friday February 16 & Saturday February 17

  1. WEEK 4 TOP 40


    Friday February 16 & Saturday February 17 @ 7.30pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    Checkout


    Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia)


    Director: Meghana Fareed


    ITC/Group: Tall Tale Productions


    Cast: Christina Papachristou  (Nikki), Priyanka Johri  (Kat), Humera Sultana (Alli), Gweys Soriano (Rose)


    Have you ever paid close attention to who scans your groceries when you go to your favorite supermarket? Checkout is a day in the live of 4 checkout operators and what they’d really like to say instead of “Have a Nice day!”


     


    All the King's Men


    Director: Shanthanu Venugopal (South Africa)


    ITC: And We Are


    Cast: Shanthanu Venugopal (Guard 01), Vaishvi Seth - (Guard 02), Mathew Barros (Dead Man)


    Two Guards finds themselves in an odd predicament. A man has dropped dead at their feet! Royalty no less. What desperate measures and stories will they weave to escape their misfortune? 


     


    Blabbermouth


    Writer: Cerise De Gelder (Australia)


    Director: Sabiha Majgaonkar


    Group: Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Deepak Venugopal (John), Marike Smith (Mandy), Ian Halstead (Partick)


    The point of their encounter was business. He - the client. She - the service provider. Little did they know that their fates were connected.


     


    Late Evening


    Writer: John McDermott (UK)


    Directors: Campbell Tennis and Tim Graystone


    Production Assistant: Chris McDermott


    Technical Advisor: Joahnna Oliga


    Cast: Robert Haag (Malcom), Mara Carpencu Pop (Sandra), Christine De Noronha (Margeret), Tim Graystone (Daniel), Campbell Tennis (Jack)  


    As we get older our behaviours may change, so that we no longer appear to be ourselves. Late Evening examines this experience but reminds us that our elderly loved ones, who may have ‘walked a different road’ by suffering a crippling disease,will still meet with us in the end.


     


    Controlling Interest


    Writer: Wayne Rawley (USA)


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Shirley Thompson, Phil Ridley


    ITC: American School of Dubai


    Cast: Archie Sergeant (Steven), Arman Sadighian (Jack), Christopher Graham (fred), Emeila Grose (Bethany), Kalissa de Kok (Ashley), Omar Salem (Brad), Zeyd Khalil (David)


    Five successful young businessmen gather for their weekly staff meeting. Times are changing, and the issue of girls is on the table. Two persuasive young businesswomen arrive to negotiate the ultimate deal: the boys may start liking them, but only on the girls' terms.


     


    Going Viral


    Writer: Brandon M Crose (USA)


    Director: Minali Patel


     


    Don't Panic, Don't Panic


    Writer/Director: Pawan Manghnani (UAE)


    ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Yash Bhardwaj (King Advani)


     


    Wedding Night Tweets


    Writer: Daniel Guyton (USA)


    Director: Aaqeel Shariff


    ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Michel Nassar (character)


     


    Waiting for Christmas


    Writer/Director: Dushyant Mishra & Nisha Jindal (UAE)


    Cast: Dushyant Mishra(Pankaj) , Nisha Jindal (Anita)


    The story revolves around a young married couple who are waiting for that one big opportunity which would change their life forever. Pankaj is an optimist struggling writer where as Anita is a practical thinking working girl, the struggle to choose between dreams and reality is what the play is about.


     


    The Neighbor


    Writer: Huda Bhaldar (UAE)


    Director: Huda Bhaldar and Syed Siddiqi


    ITC/Group: Dawn Theatre Productions


    Cast: Huda Bhaldar(Sapna, Syed Siddiqi (Aakash), TBA (Ann)


    Caught in a nightmare you shut your eyes tight. Just then, you hear a knock at the door. That’s the Neighbor for you! A mayhem of a meeting as one discovers through fights and chats that someonecareswithout expectations. A Dark Comedy about love, life and tough times.


     


    WEEK 4 WILDCARDS


    Friday February 16 & Saturday February17 @ 4.00pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    Fables at Dade General


    Writer/Director: Sachin Sanjay (UAE)


    Cast: Zille Rehman( O'Dell), Mrs.Carnie (Shivaya Munjal), Chris McDermott(Osborne McNelly), Farzana Palanthingal (Grace Jean), Patricia Tellis (Nurse Driss)


    The play so takes place at Dade General Hospital, who are low on staff on this unique and particularly odd night.Four characters. A pregnant woman, an unfortunate father, a forgotten mistress, a tardy lover cross paths with the other, each character a fable of his choices and consequences. Here say, is a drama about the choices we make and the people we become against the people we hope to be and the nature of relationships under complexity and circumstance


     


    The Naked Truth


    Writer & Director: Dakshin Adyanthaya (India)


    ITC: Half Wise Being - Mumbai (India)


    Cast: Dakshin Adyanthaya (Vishnu)


    A 20 year lad, Vishnu, gets his hands on an Indian Newspaper after a long time, to work on his grammar and knowledge, thanks to his parents. What he does get enlightened to is the ugly naked truth of the world. What happens next will blow your mind (well that’s how they sell, and so shall I)


     


    Home Calling…


    Written & Directed by: Ensemble


    Cast: Mandy Walia (Kiran), Richa Anand (Kiran's Mother)


    Amusing but touching, agonizing but relatable. These telephonic conversations, between a daughter and her mother, living in two different lands, bring forth the emotional challenges of an expat community – their inner conflicts and dilemmas in answering the call of duty.


     


    Late Night Pizza


    Writer: Frank Legget (Australia)


    Director: Zainab Rokadia


    Cast: Taher Rokadia (Paul), Monica Chatterjee (Mary)


    Its 2pm, Drunk Mary is ordering in a pizza at Paul’s apartment whom she just met at a night club. While waiting for the pizza, Mary and Paul get into an argument, when Paul discovers that Mary has been stalking him. Furious Paul asks Mary to leave while Mary is persistent on waiting for the pizza/police man to arrive.


     


    Angela


    Writer: Consuelo Flores (Mexico)


    Director: Nisha Jindal


    Cast: Nisha Jindal


    A young girl 'Angela' living in Ciudad Juárez is working in an airplane factory to support her family, what happens to her as a consequence of that is her story. This play is inspired by true events relating to the femicide in Juarez where hundreds of women were brutally raped and murdered.


     


    Another One Bites the Dust


    Director: Joe Francis & Roshita Khanna


    ITC/Group: Bits Pilani


    Cast: Uthara Sharath, Mayank Minda, Kamal Shantanu, Roshita Khanna, Shivam Mathur


    Following an unfortunate car accident, the confrontation between the driver and the mother of the victim in the hospital takes centre stage as emotions start to flare.


     


    Horrorscope


    Writer: Jessica Canero (UAE)


    Director: Tabassum Inamdar


    Cast: Tabassum Inamdar (Jasmine Rayne), Anushka Mirchandani (Chloe Rayne), Emma Boyle (Taryn)


    Jasmine Rayne lives her life correlating everything to zodiac signs, however her daughter Chloe finds this habit annoying. When Taryn, Chloe’s friend turns up at her house to collect her “paintings” Taryn and Jasmine find a common ground in horoscopes leaving Chloe fuming in horror!


     


    Thin Air


    Writer: Tom Coash (USA)


    Director: Hussain Hadi


    Cast: Farrah Yassin


     


    Sleepless Night


    Writer: Jono Gavin (Australia)


    Director: Amiya Nagpal


     


    Cheering up Mother


    Writer: Hillary Bell (Australia)


    Director: Rasheed Hattab


     


People's Choice Final Friday February 23 4pm & 7.30pm

  1. PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINAL


    Friday February 23 @ 4pm & 7.30pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


    BUY TICKETS HERE


     


    Don't call me cupid (Top 40 Week 1)


    Writer: Jonathon Cook (USA)


    Director: Khayyam Khalid


    Cast: Arjun Raman (Eros / Cupid) Swati Randev Verma (Katie) Swaleha Atif (Paige) Rohit Verma (Travis)


    As Katie gets ready for her date with boyfriend Travis, the cupid strikes in the most unlikeliest of way.


     


    Farewell (Top 40 Week 3)


    Writer/Director: Purva Grover (India)


    Cast: Sherry Dang Briet


    Mums don’t fall sick. The biggest lie, I grew up with. But, she did. Mum, are you listening, how could you even think of doing this to me?


     


    Hitting on Women 101 (Top 40 Week 3)


    Writer: Bruce Kane (USA)


    Director: Kailash Nair


    ITC/Group: Black Sheep


    Cast: Kailash Nair (Tim), Disha Joseph (Angie)


    A man who gets tongue tied around attractive women gets a lesson in ‘hitting on women’ from an attractive women he claims to be not interested in


     


    Lifetimes (Top 40 Week 2)


    Writer/Director: Fida Slayman (Australia)


    Cast: Emily Jardine (Nora), Tamas Lorincz ( Ben)


    We live one life, and many lifetimes. Ben & Nora are on a train, but theirs is not a usual journey. This is a trip that will take them through the different stages of their lives, giving us perspective on the lives we lead, how much we change, and how much we stay the same. 


     


    Together (Top 40 Week 2)


    Writer: Michael Sams (Australia)


    Director: Hiba Khan & Zille Rehman


    Presented by Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Hiba Khan (Lauren), Zille Rehman (Kyle)


    They met by chance and fell for each other. They started a life together like any other couple and then it all changed. But she never lost hope as they were meant to be together…


     


    True To You (Top 40 Week 1)


    Writer: Nicky Denovan (UK)


    Director: Suraj Sadeesh


    Presented by Tall Tale Productions


    Cast: Paurav Shah (Richard), Maha Husain (Jane), Neha Kalvani (Waitress)


    Watch a drab and disastrous blind date turn into a life-changing encounter as two delightfully duplicitous individuals indulge in an exchange of untamed honesty. In their conversation, lies (or does it?) a rather endearing commentary on the super-powered superficiality of everyday society.


Wildcards Final Saturday February 24 4pm & 7.30pm

  1. WILDCARDS FINAL


    Saturday February 24 @ 4pm & 7.30pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    Build A Wall (Judge's Choice - Wildcards 1)


    Writer: Carry Pepper (USA)


    Director: Mohamed Abid


    Cast: Ferris Elaraby (John), Mohamed Abid (Jack)


    Two patriotic citizens work hard to protect their country from THEM. But when they forge an unlikely friendship, they may find that the walls between them come crumbling down as they discover that THEY are not so different than US.


     


    Come Die With Me (Judge's Choice - Wildcards 1)


    Writer:  Victoria Cornerty (UK)


    Director: Priyanka Geriya 


    Cast: Priyanka Geriya, Arshad Khan, Shital Gusani


     


    Everyone's gonna die (Judge's Choice - Wildcards 2)


    Director: Anna Jane Hudgens


    Presented by Maplewood School


     


    Surgery (Judge's Choice - Wildcards 2)


    Writer: Neil Simon (USA)


    Director: ASD Team


    Presented by ASD


    Cast: Dania Abdulla (Kuryatin), Ethan Samandan (Sexton), TBD (Writer)


    Neil Simon’s charming, hilarious, and touching vignette includes a variety of characters, all of whom are immediately relatable and strikingly human.


     


    Face Box (Arabic) (Judge's Choice - Wildcards 3)


    Writer/Director: Medhat Kadeib (Egypt)


    Language: Arabic (Egyptian Slang)


    Cast: Medhat Kadeib (Face book), Mohamed El Sawy (Sawy)


    Its Sawy’s life and daily fight between humans and their virtual life…Who is really controlling whom? And what will be if “they” decided to appear!! Black comedy about our smart life waiting for you.


     


    Gejje (Kannada) (Judge's Choice - Wildcards 3)


    Writer: Ensemble (india)


    Director: Sid Jose


    Language: Kannada


Red Carpet Gala Final Thurs March 1, Fri March 2 and Sat March 3 (incl Award presentation)

  1. RED CARPET GALA FINAL


    Thursday March 1, Friday March 2 and Saturday March 3 (including Awards presentation) @ 7.30pm


    (PLAYS NOT LISTED IN RUNNING ORDER)


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    Before it’s too Late (Judge's Choice - Top 40 Week 3)


    Writer/Director: Joelle Thomas (USA)


    Cast: Joelle Thomas


     


    It’s not you it’s me (Judge's Choice - Top 40 Week 2)


    Writer: Don Zolidis (USA)


    Director: ASD Drama Group


    Presented by ASD


    Cast: Hayden Leevar (He), Marieke Bosman (She) Megan Gupta (Her), Zack Jenio (Him)


    Exploring the painful art of breaking-up through comedic and awkwardly realistic characters, who make you feel relieved not to be the receiving end of these fatal relationship words.


     


    Mayan Calendar Society (Judges Choice - Top 40 Week 1)


    Writer: Martin Fey (UK)


    Director: Ellen Abraham-Williams


    Presented by Beyond Veil


    Cast: Craig Kelly, Gerard Fee, Mary O’Sullivan


     


    One Night Stan (Judge's Choice - Top 40 Week 1)


    Writer: Adam Szudrich (Australia)


    Director: Anna Jacob


    Presented by Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Nadine Dessa (Rachel), Sarah Kay-Gibson (Holly), Sabiha Majgaonkar (Marie)


    Three different women. Three different dates. One common factor.  About one night…


     


    The Smell of Rain (Judge's Choice - Top 40 Week 2)


    Writer: Renee Boyer (New Zealand)


    Director: Akansha Goenka


    Cast: Nadine Dessa, Syed Abbas


     


    Time Flies (Judge's Choice - Top 40 Week 3)


    Writer: David Ives (USA)


    Director: Farrah Yassin