For the first time ever in Dubai, Constellation presents Shorter+Sweeter - the best of Short+Sweet Dubai
A night of the best plays from Short+Sweet, the world’s largest ten-minute play festival, performed by some of Dubai’s best actors and brought to the stage in stunning productions by Artistic Director Liz Hadaway and Associate Director Sidd Jose, at the magnificent Madinat Theatre.
These ten-minute theatrical gems have been carefully selected from the first three years of Short+Sweet Dubai to create a brilliant evening of world class theatre.
For two nights only on Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th @ 8pm, with a Family Friendly Matinee @ 3pm on May 8th, this selection of Short+Sweet’s best ever plays will be performed by an ensemble featuring some of Dubai’s best actors including Beth Burrows, Mike Green, Shereen Saifudeen, Taraash Mehrotra and Salman Qureshi.
The plays include:
Treteau, written and directed by Sanjeev Dixit, which scooped the pool at the 2015 Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival winning Best Overall Production, People’s Choice Award for the audience’s favourite play, Best Director and Best Script (joint). It’s your last chance to see this amazing piece of theatre, one of the best works ever seen in Short+Sweet worldwide, performed by the original cast!;
Perfect Stillness, by Jane Miller, Best Overall Production and People’s Choice Award at Short+Sweet Dubai 2013 and Short+Sweet Melbourne 2006;
The Royal Shakespeareans present ‘Romeo & Juliet’ by Vikram Ahuja, Salman Qureshi and Hananah Zaheer, People’s Choice winner Short+Sweet Dubai 2014 and
somewhere between the sky and the sea by the world’s leading ten-minute playwright, Dubai’s own Alex Broun, which won Best Overall Production Short+Sweet Malaysia 2008, People's Choice Award Short+Sweet Singapore 2008 and Best Overall Production Short+Sweet Delhi 2011.
As an added bonus David Ives’ legendary ten-minute masterpiece, Sure Thing, directed by Best Director of Short+Sweet Dubai 2014, Gautam Goenka, and performed by Best Actor Short+Sweet Dubai 2015, Asad Raza Khan, and Butool Zaidi.
Local writers also feature in the night with Clifford Single’s hilarious Friends and Colleagues (Best Script Short+Sweet Dubai 2013) and Russell Bell’s social media satire,Tagged, written while Russell was living in Dubai and a Gala Finalist at Short+Sweet Dubai 2014 and Short+Sweet Sydney 2015.
There’s also two of the funniest plays ever performed at Short+Sweet, which have delighted audiences at Short+Sweet Festivals around the globe, Last Drinks by Greg Gould and No.22 by Adele Vuko.
Tickets start at just AED75 for adults and AED50 for 16 and Under.
So BOOK NOW at the MADINAT THEATRE website or call + 971 4 366 6546 before the season sells out.
Performances Dates and Times
Thursday May 7th at 8pm
Friday May 8th at 3pm (Family Friendly Matinee)
Friday May 8th at 8pm
(in alphabetical order)
Friends and Colleagues
Best Script Short+Sweet Dubai 2013, Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Dubai 2013
Writer: Clifford Single (Dubai)
Performed by Mike Green and Salman Qureshi
The dark comedy and sharp wit weaved into this tale of one employee taking his promotion prospects a *little* too seriously bagged Cliff Single the Best Script award of Short+Sweet Dubai 2013, making this play a hit for Dubai’s thriving writing community.
People’s Choice Award Short+Sweet Canberra 2013, Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Auckland 2013,
Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Dubai 2014
Writer: Greg Gould (Australia)
Performed by Beth Burrows and Mike Green
Mel’s partners keep dying. Ben can’t die, no matter how hard he tries. Did destiny bring these two lost souls together? What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Make sure you don’t miss out on this massive global comedy hit!
Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Sydney 2011, Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Bangalore 2012,Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Dubai 2013
Writer: Adele Vuko (Australia)
Performed by Beth Burrows, Mike Green, Taraash Mehrotra, Shereen Saifudeen and Salman Qureshi
A mainstay of Short+Sweet Gala Finals across the world, and it’s easy to see why. Writer Adele Vuko tells a story of tongue-twisters, frayed tensions between co-captives and a rather excellent menu choice. Let us entertain you with this crème-de-la-crème of Short+Sweet.
People’s Choice Award Short+Sweet Melbourne 2006, Best Overall Production Short+Sweet Melbourne 2006, Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Delhi 2010, Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Sydney 2010, Best Overall Production Short+Sweet Dubai 2013, People’s Choice Award Short+Sweet Dubai 2013
Writer: Jane Miller (Australia)
Cast: Mike Green, Shereen Saifudeen and Beth Burrows
A moving and humorous tale of a husband struggling to write a eulogy for his wife, judges and audiences alike were left spellbound by Jane Miller’s script. A Short+Sweet Dubai all-round knockout that makes a welcome return to the region’s stage.
somewhere between the sky and the sea
Best Overall Production Short+Sweet Malaysia 2008, People's Choice Award Short+Sweet Singapore 2008, Best Overall Production Short+Sweet Delhi 2011
Writer: Alex Broun (Dubai)
Performed by Beth Burrows, Shereen Saifudeen and Salman Qureshi
The story of a struggling composer experiencing turmoil in his love life as much as his music. Written by the world’s leading 10-minute playwright Alex Broun, who is now based in Dubai, this play has enjoyed international Short+Sweet success of gargantuan proportions. The play also won the Audience Favorite award at Diez Minutos 2014 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Phew! Book now to make sure you see an outstanding play that continues to enrapture audiences worldwide.
Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Dubai 2014, Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Sydney 2015
Writer: Russell Bell (USA/Dubai)
Performed by Beth Burrows, Taraash Mehrotra and Salman Qureshi
To tag or not to tag? THAT is the question. Tagged is a relationship melodrama for the modern age, warning us all that no secret is safe from social media. And it seems that no hemisphere is immune to the script writing talent of Russell Bell, a formerly Dubai based writer with a background in acting and comedy in LA.
The Royal Shakespeareans present ‘Romeo & Juliet’
People’s Choice Award Short+Sweet Dubai 2014
Writers: Vikram Ahuja and Hananah Zaheer
Performed by Taraash Mehrotra, Shereen Saifudeen and Salman Qureshi
A traveling troupe present their magnum opus “Romeo and Juliet” - like never before - where the tragic hero and heroine survive! Find out what happens when they don’t have Shakespeare’s lines to recite anymore. An hilarious script abridged from Shakespeare by Hananah Zaheer and Vikram Ahuja had crowds rolling around in the aisles with laughter. Short+Sweet doesn’t get much better than this. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
Our guest performances
Best Overall Production Short+Sweet Dubai 2015, People’s Choice Award Short+Sweet Dubai 2015, Best Director Short+Sweet Dubai 2015, joint Best Script in Short+Sweet Dubai 2015
Writer/Director: Sanjeev Dixit (Dubai)
Presented by Third Half Theatre
Performed by Disha Joseph, Minali Patel, Ushma Shah Jasuja, Cmith Sarkar, Dharam Veer Sood, Siddarth Sivaprakash and Sunil Jasuja
The jewel in the crown of Shorter+Sweeter at the Madinat is a guest performance of Tréteau, winner of Best Overall Production, People’s Choice Award, Best Director and jointly Best Script in Short+Sweet Dubai this year. Says the show’s creator, local writer and director Sanjeev Dixit, “I don’t know how to describe this play; some alternate titles were ‘It’s All Been Done Before Too’ and ‘Think Inside The Box’. I suppose in many ways it’s a distillation of my love - our love - for the theatre”. Under Sanjeev’s direction once again, the enchanting cast of Shereen Saifudeen, Minali Patel, Ushma Shah Jasuja, Cmith Sarkar, Dharam Veer Sood, Siddarth Sivaprakash, and Sunil Jasuja from Third Half Theatre will be taking you on quite a theatrical journey.
Gala Finalist Short+Sweet Dubai 2014, Best Director Short+Sweet Dubai 2014
Writer: David Ives (USA)
Director: Gautam Goenka
Presented by Backstage
Performed by Asad Raza Khan, Butool Zaidi and Gautam Goenka
You meet someone in a cafe. You're interested. What next? How many ways are there for you to completely sabotage your own chances of success? We’ll be taking a look in the unique Sure Thing, our second guest performance and global short play hit. President of Dubai’s largest community group Backstage, the supremely talented Gautam Goenka ‘wowed’ judges with his super-slick production of this play in Short+Sweet Dubai 2014 winning him the Best Director Award. Asad Raza Khan will be taking on the male lead, the same lead he took on back in 2014 which bagged-him a Best Actor nomination (Asad going on to win Best Actor in Short+Sweet Dubai 2015). Butool Zaiadi will be taking on the female lead. Brought to you by such an outstanding team, Sure Thing is sure to be hit once again with the Madinat crowds.
Ticket Prices and Zones
Thursday May 7th at 8pm and Friday May 7th at 8pm
Balcony: AED 100
Friday May 7th at 3pm (Family Friendly Matinee)
Children 16 and under: AED50
BOOK NOW AT THE MADINAT THEATE WEBSITE OR CALL + 971 4 366 6546