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6 Jul 2016 to 31 Jul 2016
14 Jul 2016 to 23 Jul 2016
15 Jul 2016 to 23 Jul 2016
When
Friday, January 29, 2016 to Friday, March 11, 2016
Where
The Junction Theatre, Al Serkal Avenue
Madinat Theatre @ Souk Madinat
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai 2016

Short+Sweet is the largest festival of 10 minute plays in the world! And now it’s back in its fourth successful year in Dubaii! The 2016 Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival will be held at The Junction Theatre in Al Quoz and The Madinat Theatre @ the Souk Madinat  from January 29th to March 11th, 2016.

Over six jam-packed weeks, more than 250 of Dubai’s most exciting actors, writers, directors and Independent Theatre Companies will present over 80 10-minute plays. The festival will include something for everyone - comedy, drama, romance and thrillers – and all in just 10 minutes!

Plays presented in the festival will include the best 10-minute plays from around the world as well as scripts by some of Dubai’s top playwrights, including some exciting new talent. The plays will be performed by actors from Dubai, other emirates - Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and interational groups from India.

 

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In an extraordinary achievement precociously talented Dubai based writer-director-actor Sanjeev Dixit and Third Half Theatre have won Short+Sweet Dubai for a second year in a row.

In front of a full house at the Madinat Theatre on Friday night, Dixit’s epic ten-minute musical, The Tragic Queen, performed by a cast of 18, took... read more

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 19 November 2015

Register your interest as an Actor for Short+Sweet Dubai 2016, the biggest little play festival in the world!

Registering as an actor for the Short+Sweet Festival means that you will have the opportunity to audition for all of the festival’s directors at once. We will be producing around 80 plays – your perfect role... read more

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 22 October 2015

Register your interest as a Director for Short+Sweet Dubai 2016, the biggest little play festival in the world!

If you are selected as a Director for the festival, you will get to pick from the top scripts from Dubai based and international writers which we will receive this year and a line-up of amazing actors. You... read more

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 22 October 2015

Short + Sweet Dubai is currently accepting submissions of ten-minute plays. Submit your script here to be considered for Dubai's fourth annual Short+Sweet festival!

SHORT+SWEET is an Australian organisation that runs the largest festival of 10 minute plays in the world, as well as... read more

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 22 October 2015

Register your Independent Theatre Company (ITC) here for Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai 2016, the biggest little play festival in the world!

ITCs are invited to register as the whole package! If you have a team of people – writer + director + cast – with whom you have created a 10-minute piece of theatre then REGISTER HERE... read more

Festival Schedule

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    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    TOP 40 Week 1 7.30pm, Fri Jan 29 and Sat Jan 30

    TOP 40 Week 2 7.30pm, Fri Feb 5 and Sat Feb 6

    TOP 40 Week 3 7.30pm, Fri Feb 12 and Sat Feb 13

    TOP 40 Week 4 7.30pm, Fri Feb 19 and Sat Feb 20


    WILDCARDS

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    Wildcards 1 3.00pm, Sat Jan 30

    Wildcards 2 3.00pm, Sat Feb 6

    Wildcards 3 3.00pm, Sat Feb 13

    Wildcards 4 3.00pm, Sat Feb 20


    PEOPLE’S CHOICE FINAL

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    3.00pm and 7.30pm, Friday, February 26th


    WILDCARDS FINAL

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    3.00pm and 7.30pm, Saturday, February 27th


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    RED CARPET GALA FINAL

    VENUE: THE MADINAT THEATRE, MADINAT JUMEIRAH


    7.00pm, Friday March 11th


TOP 40

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    TOP 40 WEEK 1


    7.30pm, Fri Jan 29 and Sat Jan 30


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    1. THE MICHELLE


    Writer: Zahabiya Rokadia (Dubai)


    Directors: Zahabiya Rokadia & DeeGee


    Cast: DeeGee (Nikhil Adani), Esraa Aboushahin (Michelle Ritchie), Joaquim Gonsalves (Interviewer), Dhanya Asher (Physiotherapist)


    A story about second chances. Nikhil had given up on everything after a tragic accident, but little did he know, life still had a few surprises for him...


     


    2. THE PASSPORT


    Writer: Henry Hall (Dubai)


    Director: Nayla al Khaja/ Henry Hall


    Cast: Henry Hall (Henry), Wees Abraham (Wees), Farah Zafar (Taxi Driver &Farah), Jose Velazquez (Jose)


    A friend stranded at the airport in need of his passport sends his two friends on a chaotic and adventurous music fueled ride to the airport to save him! Will they make it in time???


     


    3. HAIR YE, HAIR YE …


    Writer and Director: Baindu D. Kalokoh (Abu Dhabi)


    Actors: Baindu D. Kalokoh and Candace Nicole


    One woman's comedic reflection on her afro-textured hair.


     


    4. THE SCRIPT


    Writer: Ahmed Syed (Dubai)


    Director: Ahmed Syed


    Cast: Marko Balac(Producer), Phil Apaza(Writer)


    What seems to be a common conversation between two friends over a script takes a turn as the hidden motives behind it are revealed.


     


    5. COMFORT ZONE


    Writer: Peri Desai (Dubai)


    Director: Peri Desai


    Cast: Jessica Avedikian (Fayrouz), Victoria Williams (Ruby)


    When Two girls meet each other in a store's fitting room neither imagines how they see themselves will change in that chance encounter.


     


    6. THE STEAM


    Writer: Jessica Canero (Australia/UAE)


    Director: Jessica Canero


    Cast: Tamara Ljubibratic (Brea Dyson), DusanMihailouic (Reece Herring)


    The world is changing. There's a sinister presence out there, lurking within the mist - and all must remain alert. With so much at stake, Brea


    discovers there's a greater threat to face.


     


                      +++++++++++++++++++

                              I N T E R V A L


                      +++++++++++++++++++


     


    7. COMING HOME TO SAT NAV


    Writer: Chris McDermott (Dubai) Director: Chris McDermott


    Cast: Chris D'Cotta(Rob Ronson), Hazel Lucas (Mariam Ronson), Pragya Jain (Sat Nav)


    A couple fall out.The man leaves the house following an argument, only to be guided, or misguided, back by his interfering Sat Nav. Happy ending? You decide.


     


    8. ARE YOU OK?


    Writer:Namrata Gill


    Director: Subrata R. Singh


    Cast: Rakhi Sharma (Maya), Namrata Gill (Mira)


    An encounter of two women connected by the same man in their life. The play takes you for a walk through the emotional lanes of these women's lives. Their different perspectives towards the same feelings of love, pain and loss that was or is to be...


     


    9. IN SICKNESS AND IN WEALTH


    Writer: Sarim Irfan (Pakistan)


    Directors: Sarim Irfan & Khayyam Khalid


    Lighting: Ryan D'Sa


    Cast:Deepak Venugopal (Ali), Svetlana Mishr (Sarah), Muffi Bootwala&Sabiha Majgaonkar (Ali’s parents), Chris McDermott (Narrator)


    Its not a love marriage…Its a love plus arranged marriage and this is the first night they are going to be together…Alone!


     


    10. THE QUEUE


    Writer: Stephen Bittrich(USA)


    Directors: Courtney Bennett and Phil Ridley


    Cast: Carsen Decker (Stream), Quinlan Hooker (William), Iobel Andemicael (Casting Director)


    An actor tries to throw off the competition.


     


    11. PLATFORM TALES


    Writer: Baindu D. Kalokoh (Abu Dhabi)


    Director: Baindu D. Kalokoh


    Cast: Baindu D. Kalokoh (Michelle)


    One woman's recount of riding the New York City subway.                                                                                                 


     


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    7.30pm, Fri Feb 5th & Sat Feb 6th


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    1. The Fury of Teuton


    Writer: Niku Sharei (Dubai)


    Director: Niku Sharei


    Cast: Jennifer Mauerhofer (Gertrude), Anna Ozturk (Irma), and Yaseen Al-Tajer (Valerius Maximus)


    Inspired by historical events, this dark comedy shows the Romans, victors of history, defied by acts of the independent Teutonic women. Much thanks to the talented cast.


     


    2. Meeting your future boss?


    Writer: Constance Kratsa (Dubai) 


    Director: Constance Kratsa


    Cast: Luke Hacker (interviewee), Sophie Pâris (interviewer)


    A graphic designer is accepted for an interview at a company of his dreams. A big boss invites him at her office. Is he the one for the job?


     


    3. Madaari (Hindi)


    Writer: Jayant Pawar (India) 


    Hindi Translation: Devendra Lawate (Dubai)


    Director: Nilesh Deshpande (Dubai)


    Cast: Devendra Lawate (Madaari), Nilesh Deshpande (Bear)


     ‘Madaari’ is a story of a struggle, a war, a battle between a human mind & animal mind. The character of the ‘Madaari’ represents a human mind whereas, the ‘Jamoora (the bear in the play) represents the animal mind inside a human.  It clearly highlights & underlines the fact that ‘it’s us – humans – who think of living in peace not by killing – but by letting to live.’


     


    4. Order 44822


    Writer/director: James Huggett (UK/Dubai)


    Cast: Zille Rehman, Hansraj Shetty, Ahmed Husain


    What would you do if you were asked to commit a war crime?


     


    5. A TRIP DOWN THE LETHE


    Writer: Sean O Suilleabhain (IRELAND)


    Director:  Sean O Suilleabhain


    Cast: Lawrence Grant-Larpe (Mr. Spooner) Priyanka Johri (Sonia), CrisMejia  (Ethel)


    Production: RamyaBala


    Mr. Spooner wishes to book a holiday as a surprise for his wife for their 40th wedding anniversary.  But good intentions sometimes come too late.


     


    INTERVAL


     


    6. Living It!


    Director: David Daly (British/Irish/Dubai)


    Writer: David Daly


    Cast: Johnny Aston (Frederick), Olivia Middleton (Keyn)


    In a dystopian future the ageless battle between command and freedom continues to be self-righteously divisive.


     


    7. Croissants and Horses


    Writer: Marie Dullaghan (Dubai)


    Director: Marie Dullaghan


    Choreographer: Shereen Saif


    Cast: Louise Monique Soriano (Trish), Danabelle Gutierrez (Trisha), Adam Stone (Ben), Frank Dullaghan (Pops), Mina Kici Khattar (Mom), Shereen Saif (Grey Colt), Panayiota Triantafyllou (pregnant mare), Vinoy Soman (drummer), Sai Bhaswana Ghate (Black Gelding)


    Dramatic and engaging presentation of a powerful, surreal poem.


     


    8. New Year’s Eve


    Writer: David MacGregor (USA)


    Director: Dharam Veer Sood


    Presented by Third Half Theatre


    Cast: Disha Joseph (Laura) & Eric Dury (Mr. Hollins) 


    We begin aging and moving towards death from the moment we are born. What then, is the point of it all?


     


    9. Corybungus  


    Writer: Stephen Bittrich(USA)


    Director: Kailash Nair 


    Cast: Siddarth Sivaprakash(Mr. Weiner), Kailash Nair (a bookstore returns clerk)


    Theatre Group: Theatrics


    A bookstore customer believes there is a word mistakenly excluded from the voluminous Oxford English Dictionary. Chaos ensues when the customer tries to return a supposedly defective dictionary back to the bookstore.


     


    10. The Naked Truth


    Writer: Celia Cookson (Dubai, British)


    Director:  Bryan Mackenzie (Dubai, Zimbabwe)


    Cast: Celia Cookson (Cynthia Cholmondeley), Mike Green (Reginald Worthington)


    Bryan Mackenzie (Colin Bestwick), Nicholas Bruce (Constable Wareham)


    Terrible events unfold at the Worshipful Company of the Bare, when all is revealed about the affair of the Missing Twister Mat, and its sinister connection to the tragic events that unfolded at the last championships, in The Nut Oil Incident. Constable Wareham peeks into things.


     


    TOP 40 WEEK 3 


    7.30pm, Fri Feb 12 & Sat Feb 13


    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


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    1. A COFFEE TABLE CLASSROOM


    Writer: Mohamed Abid


    Director: Douglas Catanzaro


    Cast: Joey Tortorici, Rabiga Arip, Lily Wallis, Zeynep Biyikli, Hamza Jilani, Shiven Parikh


    When a chaotic class's dull, uninteresting teacher is replaced, things change drastically. Can the class unite and make it through these dark times, or will the new crazy teacher drown them all in work and misery?


     


    2. JANUS


    Writer: Rhea Dixit & Sanjeev Dixit (Dubai)


    Director: Rhea Dixit


    Presented by Third Half Theatre


    Cast: Sanjeev Dixit


    A man walks into a grocery store and it changes his life.


     


    3. END OF THE TUNNEL


    Written by David S. Raine


    Directed by Courtney Bennett and Phil Ridley


    Presented by the American School of Dubai (ASD)


    Cast: Paige Ardill (Elizabeth), Maia Macpherson (Nona), Marieke Bosman (Kris)


    There is something different about this family relationship.


     


    4. MARIE BALLOON


    Writer: Mina Kici KHATTAR (French)


    Director: Mina Kici KHATTAR


    Cast: Mina Kici KHATTAR(Marie balloon), Jad Rouphael(Child in the audience)


    A clown desperately wants to leave her life as a clown to escape the reality of life. She addresses to her reflection while cleaning her clownish make up off...


     


    5. SANTORINI SUNSET


    Writers: Osman Aboubakr and Maha Zeibak (Dubai, UAE) 


    Director: Osman Aboubakr


    Assistant Director: Maha Zeibak


    Cast: Billy Acklam (Billy), Jenny Gray (Nancy)


    Can a man and a woman resist the magical powers of a sunset in Santorini?


     


    6. YA WELCOME YA WELCOME


    Writer and Director: Rosine Saad - Dubai


    Cast: Abdallah Al Qassab (Abdallah), Amal Mubarak (Buthaina), Bronwyn Byrnes (Barbara), Dan Frederics (Valentino)


    Barbara needs applies for a License for her balcony flower pots and ends up getting more than she bargained for.


     


    INTERVAL


     


    7. THE F WORD


    Writer: Laura Denmar, Dubai


    Director: Laura Denmar 


    Cast: Eesha Verma, Natalie Wehbe, Ali Saggu, Sandra Spencer


    Some of us love it, some of us hate it, most of us have no idea really what it's all about...Feminism- who needs it?


     


    8. I LOVED YOU TWO


    Writer: Jai Shewaramani


    Director: Jannat Pawan Manghnani


    Producer: Pawan Manghnani, AishOutt Productions


    Cast: Pawan Manghnani (Aal), Hitesh Sukhnani (Lucky), Hiba Khan (Riya)


    What if the person that you’d take a bullet for is behind the trigger?


    Lucky &Aal reprise their roles in this dark sequel to the 2015 hit “I Love You Two”


     


    9. CLUSTER F


    Writer: Fiona Paterson, Dubai, UAE


    Director: Fiona Paterson


    Producer: Pawan Manghnani, AishOutt Productions, Dubai


    Cast: Carine Bouery (Mona), Jojo Jose (Atul), Greg Lunn (Pierre Feit), Fiona Paterson (Celia Feit and Mona's mother), Reshu A. Wadhwani (Usha and Atul's mother)


    Power Couple? Power struggle! Freeloading author Atul resents girlfriend Mona’s artistic success in Dubai. Will he trash the cash for her latest project or make good in his own right?


     


    10. INTELLIGENT DESIGN


    Writer: Clifford Keen (Australia)


    Director: Sabiha Majgaonkar


    Cast: Justin Usle (Designer A) &Cris Meija (Designer B)


    Two creative types talk of the trials and tribulations tied to their collaborative efforts to create the "best" creation of all times.


     


    11. THE MASCOTS


    Written by Chris O'Connor


    Directed by Ahne Crawford-Ridley


    Presented by ASD Adult Acting Group


    Cast: Julia Ridley (Vivian), Jason Shulha (Arthur), Phil Ridley (Charles)


    Two clients awaiting their opportunity at a talent agent's waiting room


     


    TOP 40 WEEK 4 


    7.30pm, Fri Feb 19 & Sat Feb 20


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    TOP 40 WEEK 4

    Friday February 19th and Saturday February 20th at 7.30pm.

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    1. THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK, AN ADAPTATION

    Writer: T.S. Eliot. Adapted by the whole team and Sanjeev Dixit

    Director: Chandni Varma

    Presented by Backstage

    Cast: Ryan Kayello (Prufrock), Mohammed Al Qemzi (Fish), Dhruti Shah D'souza (Chorus), Rosey Nader (Chorus), Priya Gehani (Chorus), Farah Chamma (Chorus)

    Music: Johan Roy D'souza
    Let us go then you and I,

    When the evening is spread out against the sky

    And find some of you in Prufrock....just like we did!


     
    2. THINGS CHANGE

    Writer: Farheen Khan (Dubai, UAE)

    Director: Shahbaaz Mazgaonkar

    Assistant Director: Sabiha Majgaonkar

    Production: Ryan D'Sa

    Presented by Orb Theatricals

    Cast: Kailash Nair (Kay) & Zerleena Khan (Mumtaz)
    A story of a brother and a sister interspersed over three decades. A story of friendship, family, misunderstanding and sacrifice. Everything is not as simple as it seems ... besides things change.

     
    3. JAM

    Writer: Nick White (UK/Abu Dhabi)

    Director: Nick White

    Cast: Nick White (Nick)
    Nick is in a rut, he is running late and now he is stuck in a terrible traffic jam on the Sheikh Zayed Road. Will he keep his eyes closed, or will he finally take a look out of the window to see what is around him?

     
    4. THE UNEXPECTED

    Writer: Greg Gould (Australia)

    Director: Clara & Lisa Harter

    Cast: Lisa Harter (Lisa), Clara Harter (Jeannie), Paul Harter (Robert)
    Mother and daughter have news to share if either of them would listen…..

     
    5. THE LUNAR ECLIPSE

    Writer: Pawan Manghnani, (Dubai, UAE)

    Director: Pawan Manghnani

    Producer: Jannat Manghnani, Aish Outt Productions

    Cast: Rohit Menon (Ajay Malhotra), Jennifer Mauerhofer (Jade-Cooper Malhotra), Amlan Sengupta (Viraajmaan), Maahiya Jain and Zaara Mohamed.
    Friday 13th Feb 1963, An Indo-American couple move to a mansion in Bhilwara Village, India to sort out an impending inheritance battle & realize the secrets of the blood moon.

     
    INTERVAL

     
    6. THE TRAGIC QUEEN

    Written & Directed by Sanjeev Dixit

    Presented by Third Half Theatre


    Team: Aishwarya Shivkumar, Assyl Yacine, Caroline Suvares, Cmith Kumar Sarkar, Dillon Pink, Joshua Johnson, Kimberly Aranjo, Kuv Sharma, Lovetto Nazareth, Meenu Muralee John, Meghana Fareed, Namratha Sankar, Ryden Aranjo, Shashwath Sunil Kumar, Shereen Saif, Stavros Antypas, Sumedh Kulkarni, Vivin Oommen


    For what shall it profit a woman, if she shall gain the whole world, and lose her own soul?


     
    7. GUIDED BY VOICES

    Writer: Mark Konik (Australia)

    Director: Gautam Goenka

    Presented by Backstage

    Cast: Taraash Mehrotra (John), Butool Zaidi (SALLY), Asad Raza Khan (JOHN’S PRIVATE VOICE)
    John is an attractive and successful Marketer. Sally is a cute quirkie chemist. The only big problem with John is his out of control inner voice and his lack of confidence. A witty comedy that laughs at and holds up a mirror to our self-destructive behaviors.

     
    8. ONE MORE STEP

    Writer: Mike Green (Dubai) 

    Director: Ahmar Iqbal

    Presented by Backstage

    Cast: Alejandro Celli Diaz (Him), Shannon Meehan (Her)
    All may not be as it appears, as secrets and half-truths come tumbling out during a climactic meeting between Him and Her... at the scene of his greatest triumph.

     
    9.  FEMINOCRACY

    Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia)

    Director: Liz Hadaway (Dubai)

    Cast: Adam St (Dave) Maxine Machado (Eleanor) Eliane El Tromb (Amanda), Fariha Iqbal (Carla) Lisa Harter (Janice) Maryann Antony (Patricia), Rossana Bou Absi (Katrin)
    Population on earth: male (1) female (3.52 billion). When the rest of the male population is killed off by the deadly Van Dusen virus, it is up to Dave Zwartenovsky to ensure the survival of the species.

     
    10. ALIYAH IN WONDERLAND

    Writer and Director: Charlie Cunningham ( Abu Dhabi)

    Cast: Maitri Saxena (Aliyah), Charlie Cunningham (Black Rabbit), Michelle Francois (Caterpillar)
    Three inhabitants of eastern Wonderland band together and devise a plan of escape from the dreadful Queen and her beheading spree. Will they get away in time?


    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


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WILDCARDS

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    WILDCARDS 1


    3.00pm, Sat Jan 30


    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


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    1. MAN IN THE MIRROR


    Writer: Trevor Sammon (Australia)     


    Director: Kunal Sunil Bhatia and Sadiya Parvez


    Cast: Siddhant Singla, Kunal Sunil Bhatia, Mustufa Mohammed Ali, Sadiya Parvez


    A man getting ready for his date, lot of things go on in his head as to what would happen when he meets the girl.


     


    2. THE PERFECT INDEPENDENT FILM


    Writer: Trace Crawford (USA)


    Director: Sikendar Hemani


    Cast: Nisha Bajaria, Haseeb Ahmed, Lionel Mendonsa, Vaishali Balgu


    A morning after a whopper office party, two colleagues wake up in their conference room, with vague recollections from the previous night. They find out that they were tailed by two writers hoping to get a story made for their very own independent film.


     


    3. HAPPILY NEVER AGAIN


    Writer: Michel J. Nassar (Lebanon)


    Director: Michel J. Nassar


    Cast: Nathalie Wehbe (Nathalie), Michel J. Nassar (He)


    After being married, their life changed, they started to fight a lot, until one day he hits her, and she started getting back at him, humiliating him, despising his masculinity until he couldn’t take no more… so he did what he shouldn’t do


     


    4. WHAT AM I GOING TO TALK ABOUT?


    Writer: Shaima Sharif (Emirati, Dubai)


    Director:  Shaima Sharif


    Cast: Shaima Sharif as herself


    "If you were given 10 mins to speak about something important, what would you talk about?"


     


    5. BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT


    Writer & Director: Rosey Nader (Lebanon)


    Cast: Zille Rehman (Zack), Alana Jackson (Nicole), Rosey Nader (June)


    A girl in her twenties has to give up her wildlife and photography to take over her dad's business who died unexpectedly.


     


                       +++++++++++++++++++

                              I N T E R V A L


                      +++++++++++++++++++


     


    6. THE WPO


    Writer: James Parnell (Australia) 


    Director: Leah Ann Sam


    Cast: Shweta Kinkale, Yasha Qamar, Aisha Atif, Mustufa Mohammed Ali


    It is the year 3100 and a New World has risen from the war raged ashes of a former world. In this world everything is restricted and the government controls everything, right from what you want to eat and what you wear. It is in this world that a couple try to get permission to have a baby and live a life as happily as the government will allow.


     


    7. RAMBUNCTIOUS RIO


    Writer: Rayna Felicia (Dubai)


    Director: Rayna Felicia


    Cast: Michal Żyliński (Victore Deville), Rithik Rahul Soni (Detective Walter), Robert Mardini (Detective Filk), Taylor Ré Lynn (Penelope Dhow), Rayna Felicia (Riona Marionette)


    Rambunctious Rio is about a girl who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. With detectives close on her tail, Rio manages to get her fiancé, Victore, into quite a few situations while she remains unscathed. A hilarious comedy that ends with a twist.


     


    8. THE LAST SUPPER


    Writer: Cerise de Gelder (Australia)


    Director: Mufaddal Bootwala


    Cast: Sabiha Majgaonkar (Louisa)


    Louisa has sinned all her life with hardly any regrets until she commits her latest sin...this one she cannot live with. A confession is due.


     


    9. BAD CINDERELLA


    Writer: Lucia Grant (Dubai)


    Director: Lucia Grant


    Cast: Lawrence Grant-Lapre (Father Reginald McMullen), Sarah Potter (Hannah Mann), Rachelle Medrano (Peta Blackall), Amaan (Peter Smith)


    They've had their ups and downs in the past, but today (their wedding day) is most certainly the best by far!! Or.... Is it? Has Prince Charming found his Cinderella?


     


    WILDCARDS 2


    3.00pm, Saturday February 6


    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


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    1. Uncontrollable Class


    Writer: Amani Abid (UAE)


    Director: Amani Abid (UAE)


    Cast: Lara Zennie (Claire), Nadine Kafeety (Emma), Arya Sadighian (Mr. K), Amani Abid (Bella), Omar Salem (VJ), Alex Khoury (Jack), Mohamed Abid (Lucas)


    Claire is studying hard for her exams. But when a twist of events leaves her in an uncomfortable position, will Claire learn more from her peers than from her books? 


     


    2. Late for School


    Writer: Iain Moss (Malaysia)


    Director:  Kirin Hilliar


    Cast: Kirin Hilliar (Lynn)


    A woman recounts the events of the day, and reveals how her dedication to her work has tragic consequences.


     


    3. Between Us, Daughter & Mother


    Writer: Purva Grover (Dubai, UAE)


    Director: Purva Grover


    Producer: Pawan Manghnani, AishOutt Productions


    Cast: Sherry Dang Briet, Mandeep Walia


    Let not a rape victim be just another headline. A girl narrates her tale hoping her voice will reach us, and we will join hands to fight this plague.


     


    4. Red Backed Spiders


    Writer: Gayle Malloy (Australian)


    Director: Hadeel Mufti


    Cast: KB Basinger (Bluey), Hansraj Shetty (Charlie), Mish'al Eskander (Joe), Sani Almoudarres (Father), Karam Mohamed Khalil (Younger Joey), and Christina Blu (Maddie).


    "Charlie reunited with Joe, a young man from his past. As charlie reminisces on the crucial events that changed Joe's childhood, he realizes the part he could have played in giving Joe a completely different future."


     


    5. Three's a Crowd


    Writer: Yasmina Hatem (Lebanese) 


    Director: Ghadi Yaghi


    Cast: Yasmina Hatem (Grace) Gloria Abou Diwan (Soraya) Ghadi Yaghi (Chadi)


    Three Lebanese from completely different walks of life find themselves sitting next to each other on a plane from Beirut to Dubai. A little comedic glance into the journey of an expat.


     


    6. THE HEIST


    Writers: Rossana Bou Absi, Erik Thornquist (UAE)


    Directors: Rossana Bou Absi, Erik Thornquist


    Cast: Rossana Bou Absi, Erik Thornquist


    Two people...one safe...and lots of money. Add shoes, bad music, and Shawarma, and you have yourself a love story."


     


    INTERVAL


     


    7. Ladies Night


    Written by: Laura Denmar (British, Dubai)


    Directed by: Sandra Spencer


    Cast: Sandra Spencer (Crissy Mauve), Amelia Gundersen – Herman (Natalie Neon Pink), Nicoletta Manousogianakki (Dina Black), Ruth Badley (Selina Silver), Sherry Dang Briet (Tina Orange)


    Ladies night’ is a short play parodying our societal conforms towards the modern clubbing concept.


     


    8. THE SHOEBOX


    Writer: Kel Vance (Australia)


    Director: Rita Martinos


    Cast: Christopher D'Cotta (Mr Van), Hana Abid (Victoria), Kirin Hilliar (Mother)


    A teenager and an elderly gentleman form an unlikely friendship after meeting in the garden of a nursing home.


     


    9. Adaptation


    Writer: Sam Murray (Dubai)


    Directors: Zainab Sumaiyah Jalal and Peter George William Baker


    Presented by the American University of Dubai


    Cast: Rohan Healy (Bill), Dalia Sleiman (Mother), Sam Murray (Michelangelo), Rasheed Hattab (Leonard), Mira Kanj (Mona-Lisa)


    While Shakespeare and Michelangelo collaborate on a Romeo and Juliet web series—and question the meaning of art itself—Leonard finds himself fascinated by a mysterious woman named Mona...


     


    10. Chicken Curry


    Writer: Georgina Adamson (Australia)


    Director: Ryan D’sa


    Presented by Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Swati Randev-Verma (Lily), Ryan D’sa (Keith), Sarim Irfan (Andrew)


    Production Crew: Sabiha Majgaonkar


    Overcome by a fit of food poisoning, Keith rushes to the lavatory only to find that he is not alone in his predicament... oh well, misery does love company!


     


    11. The Wedding Story          


    Written by Julianne Homokay


    Directed by Courtney Bennett and Phil Ridley


    Cast: Caroline Rou (Storyteller), Sophie Dube (Bride), Seth McKenzie(Groom)


    A storyteller starts the fairy tale by describing how the couple met, how they fell in love, and decided to marry. Things change quickly!


     


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    1. FRIENDS OR ENEMIES?


    Writer: Hana Abid (Dubai)


    Director: Hana Abid


    Cast: Hana Abid (Nicole), Amani Abid (Lola), Yasmine Koerfgen (Peyton), Dania Abdul Rahman (Marissa), Anya Sing (Danielle)


    High school seems easy for a group of friends, but once they are put through a conflict that causes drama, will they remain friends or drift apart?


     


    2. SECOND CHANCE


    Writer: Rob Burke (USA)


    Director: Roli Agrawal


    Cast: Mi'shal Eskander (Donald Greyson), Matthew Medbourn (Richard Greyson), Sushma D'silva (secretary)


    Join Donald Greyson as he visits with his deceased father after not seeing him for 20 years.


    The play is set in current time, but in an alternate reality where an institution called Second Chance allows you to meet face to face with the dead.


     


    3. DANCING QUEEN


    Writer: Lamya Tawfik (Egypt/Dubai)


    Director: Michela Contini


    Cast: Defne Gürsoy (Grace), Ashley Griffiths (Doctor/Grace's boss), Lamya Tawfik (Grace's mom)


    When life throws a curveball at an aspiring artist her world changes but she is still in limbo. This is a story about passion, hope and the road that joins them.


     


    4. FOR THE LOVE OF ELEPHANTS


    Writers: Menaka Ramakrishnan, Nishant Store (Dubai)


    Director: Taarish Tolani


    Cast: AnanthIyer (Milky Way), Chandni Kohli (Andromeda), ArunIyer (The Sun), Nishant Store (The Narrator)


    An aging Milky Way's attempt to reconnect with his childhood fantasy while suffering through a mid-life crisis.


     


    INTERVAL


     


    5. GREEK CIVIL (OUT OF) SERVICE (GREEK)


    Writer: Thespis Greek Theatre (Greece / Dubai)


    Director: Thespis Greek Theatre


    Cast: Anargiri Garavela (citizen), Vasilis Piperias (security guard), Christos Mamas (civil servant 1), Christina Papachristou (civil servant 2), Athina Simeonidou (civil servant 3)


    A Greek citizen wants to inherent a property from her recently deceased mother and discovers that it may not be as easy and quick as she thought…


     


    6. HENRY’S DILEMMA


    Writer: John McDermott (UK)


    Director:  Chris McDermott


    Cast: Greg Lunn (Max), Justin Usle (Henry), Chris McDermott (Eric, the waiter)


    Henry has been falsely accused, causing him a dilemma. At a time of trouble Henry turns to his friend, Max. Max listens and tries to help, or does he?


     


    7. UGLY SABER


    Writer: Based on the book Ugly Saber by Iwona Taida Drozd, based on an Emirati folk tale


    Director: Stephen Delano


    Presented by Maplewood International School


    Cast: The Ensemble: Ahmed Abdelaziz, Yaser Alkahlout, Osama El Mezayen, Safwan Khan, Asem Mahmoud, Moke Mowatt, Omar Wehbe,


    Ugly Saber is presented by Maplewood International School, based on the children’s book which is available in book stores across the UAE.


     


    8. THANK YOU MR. PONGPAT


    Writer: Frank Leggett (Australia)


    Director: Arjun Surendran


    Cast: Assyl Yacine (Mr. Pongpat), Ann L. Lames (Lara), Arjun Surendran (Hamish)


    An unhappily married husband comes by to pick up his brother’s corpse with his annoying wife until they meet the charming Mr. Pongpat. He offers him a deal he can’t refuse.


     


    9. WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING


    Writer: Alex Broun (Australia/Dubai)


    Director: Muhammad Bilal


    Cast: Rosey Nader (Kym), Dee Gee (Dave), Shannon Meehan (Jennifer), Sarah Potter (Ava)


    Early morning at Kym's apartment; some unexpected guests show up with mysterious text messages they received from Kym, 


     


    WILDCARDS 4


    3.00pm, Sat Feb 20


    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


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    1. LOVE DIPLOMATS

    Writer: Juan Ramirez (USA)

    Director: Blake Stemm

    Presented by the Short+Sweet Acting Group

    Cast: Estel (Nikoletta Manousogiannaki), Isabel (Maya El Wattar)
    Two women, one man.  An age-old predicament… who will win?

     
    2. ELECTRIC LAMENTATIONS : ON AIR

    Writer: Al-Hurr Al-Dalli (Abu Dhabi)

    Director: Al-Hurr Al-Dalli

    Presented by Resuscitation Theatre (Abu Dhabi)

    Cast: Al-Hurr Al-Dalli (Al), Faisal Al-Jadir (voice of The Director)
    "Electric Lamentations: On Air" is a satire focused on modern news media and its relationship with corporate entities.

     
    3. THERAPIST

    Writer: John Lombard (Australia)

    Presented by the Short+Sweet Acting Group

    Cast: Mary (Humera Sultana), Tom (Ian Halstead)
    Lies, deception, lust and romance. The old story of boy meets girl, boy likes girl, girl becomes boy's 'therapist'? Will girl be able to help boy? Is there happy ever-after for these two?

     
    4. THIS IS NOT A DREAM

    Writer: Iobel Andemicael (Dubai/New York) 

    Director: Iobel Andemicael 

    Cast: Iobel Andemicael (Ophelia's Mother) 
    Ophelia's mother has worried all her life that she's not good enough -- maybe finally she's right.

     
    5. GOING HOME

    Writer: Frank Dullaghan (Ireland) 

    Director: Michael Haigney

    Cast: Ronan Dennehy (Joe), Donal Patterson (Daniel)
    What would you do for your friends when they can't find it in themselves. These two Irish men have several things in common, their homeland their lives in Dubai and their friendships.

     
    INTERVAL

     
    6. INSPIRATION

    Writer: Margaret McGowan (Australia)

    Cast: Richard (Ian Halstead), Janine (Martina Cancio), Charles (Ahmad Rabih), V/O (Jad Rouphael, Martina Cancio)
    Want to be a best selling author?  Sign up now for the Gold Level Course with WritLit!!!

     
    7. PANIC ATTACK

    Writer: Samuel M. Post, U.S.A.

    Directors: Lisa Harter, Jean Candiotte

    Cast: Aida Laubach (Psychiatrist), Barry Greenberg (husband), Panayiota Triantafyliou (wife)
    Who is the one who requires help when life events takes a turn for the worst?

     
    8. FLARE UP AT 311

    Adapted for the stage and Directed by: Rhea Dixit & Disha Joseph

    Presented by Third Half Theatre

    Cast: Disha Joseph, Sanjeev Dixit
    A typical residential building in a quiet, suburban neighborhood of Mumbai has its stillness shattered by a bit of a flare up at apartment 311.


     


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PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINAL

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    PEOPLE’S CHOICE FINAL

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    3.00pm and 7.30pm, Friday, February 26th


     


    1. ADAPTATION


    (WILDCARDS OVERALL PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER)


    Writer: Sam Murray (Dubai)


    Directors: Zainab Sumaiyah Jalal and Peter George William Baker


    Presented by the American University of Dubai


    Cast: Rohan Healy (Bill), Dalia Sleiman (Mother), Sam Murray (Michelangelo), Rasheed Hattab (Leonard), Mira Kanj (Mona-Lisa)


    While Shakespeare and Michelangelo collaborate on a Romeo and Juliet web series—and question the meaning of art itself—Leonard finds himself fascinated by a mysterious woman named Mona...


     


    2. I LOVED YOU TWO


    (PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 3)


    Writer: Jai Shewaramani


    Director: Jannat Pawan Manghnani


    Producer: Pawan Manghnani, AishOutt Productions


    Cast: Pawan Manghnani (Aal), Hitesh Sukhnani (Lucky), Hiba Khan (Riya)


    What if the person that you’d take a bullet for is behind the trigger? Lucky & Aal reprise their roles in this dark sequel to the 2015 hit “I Love You Two”


     


    3. END OF THE TUNNEL


    (PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 3)


    Written by David S. Raine


    Directed by Courtney Bennett and Phil Ridley


    Presented by the American School of Dubai (ASD)


    Cast: Paige Ardill (Elizabeth), Maia Macpherson (Nona), Marieke Bosman (Kris)


    There is something different about this family relationship.


     


    4. THINGS CHANGE


    (PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 4)

    Writer: Farheen Khan (Dubai, UAE)

    Director: Shahbaaz Mazgaonkar

    Assistant Director: Sabiha Majgaonkar

    Production: Ryan D'Sa

    Presented by Orb Theatricals

    Cast: Kailash Nair (Kay) & Zerleena Khan (Mumtaz)


    A story of a brother and a sister interspersed over three decades. A story of friendship, family, misunderstanding and sacrifice. Everything is not as simple as it seems ... besides things change.


     


    5. COMFORT ZONE


    (PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 1)


    Writer: Peri Desai (Dubai)


    Director: Peri Desai


    Cast: Jessica Avedikian (Fayrouz), Victoria Williams (Ruby)


    When Two girls meet each other in a store's fitting room neither imagines how they see themselves will change in that chance encounter.


     


    INTERVAL


     


    6. THE LUNAR ECLIPSE


    (PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 4)

    Writer: Pawan Manghnani, (Dubai, UAE)

    Director: Pawan Manghnani

    Producer: Jannat Manghnani, Aish Outt Productions

    Cast: Rohit Menon (Ajay Malhotra), Jennifer Mauerhofer (Jade-Cooper Malhotra), Amlan Sengupta (Viraajmaan), Maahiya Jain, Zaara Mohamed and Hitesh Sukhnani.


    Friday 13th Feb 1963, An Indo-American couple move to a mansion in Bhilwara Village, India to sort out an impending inheritance battle & realize the secrets of the blood moon.


     


    7. RAMBUNCTIOUS RIO


    (WILDCARDS OVERALL PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER)


    Writer: Rayna Felicia (Dubai)


    Director: Rayna Felicia


    Cast: Michal Żyliński (Victore Deville), Mo Azizah (Detective Walter), Robert Mardini (Detective Filk), Taylor Ré Lynn (Penelope Dhow), Rayna Felicia (Riona Marionette)


    Rambunctious Rio is about a girl who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. With detectives close on her tail, Rio manages to get her fiancé, Victore, into quite a few situations while she remains unscathed. A hilarious comedy that ends with a twist.


     


    8. MADAARI (HINDI)


    (PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 2)


    Writer: Jayant Pawar (India) 


    Hindi Translation: Devendra Lawate (Dubai)


    Director: Nilesh Deshpande (Dubai)


    Presented by Natakwale.


    Cast: Devendra Lawate (Madaari), Nilesh Deshpande (Bear)


     ‘Madaari’ is a story of a struggle, a war, a battle between a human mind & animal mind. The character of the ‘Madaari’ represents a human mind whereas, the ‘Jamoora (the bear in the play) represents the animal mind inside a human.  It clearly highlights & underlines the fact that ‘it’s us – humans – who think of living in peace not by killing – but by letting to live.’


     


    9. IN SICKNESS AND IN WEALTH


    (PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 1)


    Writer: Sarim Irfan (Pakistan)


    Directors: Sarim Irfan & Khayyam Khalid


    Lighting: Ryan D'Sa


    Cast: Deepak Venugopal (Ali), Svetlana Mishra (Sarah), Muffi Bootwala & Sabiha Majgaonkar (Ali’s parents), Chris McDermott (Narrator)


    Its not a love marriage…Its a love plus arranged marriage and this is the first night they are going to be together…Alone!


     


    10. CORYBUNGUS


    (PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 2)


    Writer: Stephen Bittrich(USA)


    Director: Kailash Nair 


    Cast: Siddarth Sivaprakash(Mr. Weiner), Kailash Nair (a bookstore returns clerk)


    Theatre Group: Theatrics


    A bookstore customer believes there is a word mistakenly excluded from the voluminous Oxford English Dictionary. Chaos ensues when the customer tries to return a supposedly defective dictionary back to the bookstore.


     


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WILDCARDS FINAL

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    WILDCARDS FINAL

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    3.00pm and 7.30pm, Saturday, February 27th


     


    1. THERAPIST


    (OVERALL PEOPLE'S CHOICE)


    Writer: John Lombard (Australia)


    Presented by the Short+Sweet Acting Group


    Cast: Mary (Humera Sultana), Tom (Ian Halstead)


    Lies, deception, lust and romance. The old story of boy meets girl, boy likes girl, girl becomes boy's 'therapist'? Will girl be able to help boy? Is there happy ever-after for these two?


     


    2. GOING HOME


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS 4)


    Writer: Frank Dullaghan (Ireland)


    Director: Michael Haigney


    Cast: Ronan Dennehy (Joe), Donal Patterson (Daniel)


    What would you do for your friends when they can't find it in themselves. These two Irish men have several things in common, their homeland their lives in Dubai and their friendships.


     


    3. BETWEEN US, MOTHER & DAUGHTER


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS 2)


    Writer: Purva Grover (Dubai, UAE)


    Director: Purva Grover


    Producer: Pawan Manghnani, AishOutt Productions


    Cast: Sherry Dang Briet, Mandeep Walia


    Let not a rape victim be just another headline. A girl narrates her tale hoping her voice will reach us, and we will join hands to fight this plague.


     


    4. THE LAST SUPPER


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS 1)


    Writer: Cerise de Gelder (Australia)


    Director: Mufaddal Bootwala


    Presented by Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Sabiha Majgaonkar (Louisa)


    Louisa has sinned all her life with hardly any regrets until she commits her latest sin...this one she cannot live with. A confession is due.


     


    5. THE PERFECT INDEPENDENT FILM


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS 1)


    Writer: Trace Crawford (USA)


    Director: Sikendar Hemani


    Cast: Nisha Bajaria, Haseeb Ahmed, Lionel Mendonsa, Vaishali Balgu


    A morning after a whopper office party, two colleagues wake up in their conference room, with vague recollections from the previous night. They find out that they were tailed by two writers hoping to get a story made for their very own independent film.


     


    INTERVAL


     


    6. GREEK CIVIL (OUT OF) SERVICE (GREEK)


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS 3)


    Writer: Thespis Greek Theatre (Greece / Dubai)


    Director: Thespis Greek Theatre


    Cast: Anargiri Garavela (citizen), Vasilis Piperias (security guard), Christos Mamas (civil servant 1), Maria Tsekou (civil servant 2), Athina Simeonidou (civil servant 3)


    A Greek citizen wants to inherent a property from her recently deceased mother and discovers that it may not be as easy and quick as she thought…


     


    7. UGLY SABER


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS 3)


    Writer: Based on the book Ugly Saber by Iwona Taida Drozd, based on an Emirati folk tale


    Director: Stephen Delano


    Presented by Maplewood International School


    Cast: The Ensemble: Ahmed Abdelaziz, Yaser Alkahlout, Osama El Mezayen, Safwan Khan, Asem Mahmoud, Moke Mowatt, Omar Wehbe,


    Ugly Saber is presented by Maplewood International School, based on the children’s book which is available in book stores across the UAE.


     


    8. WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING


    (OVERALL PEOPLE'S CHOICE)


    Writer: Alex Broun (Australia/Dubai)


    Director: Muhammad Bilal


    Presented by Backstage.


    Cast: Rosey Nader (Kym), Dee Gee (Dave), Shannon Meehan (Jennifer), Sarah Potter (Ava)


    Early morning at Kym's apartment; some unexpected guests show up with mysterious text messages they received from Kym.


     


    9. PANIC ATTACK


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS 4)


    Writer: Samuel M. Post, U.S.A.


    Directors: Lisa Harter, Jean Candiotte


    Cast: Aida Laubach (Psychiatrist), Barry Greenberg (husband), Panayiota Triantafyliou (wife)


    Who is the one who requires help when life events take a turn for the worst?


     


    10. THREE'S A CROWD


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS 2)


    Writers: Yasmina Hatem, Gloria Abou Diwan, Ghadi Yaghi (Lebanese)


    Director: Ghadi Yaghi


    Cast: Rossana Bou Absi (Grace) Gloria Abou Diwan (Soraya) Ghadi Yaghi (Chadi)


    Three Lebanese from completely different walks of life find themselves sitting next to each other on a plane from Beirut to Dubai. A little comedic glance into the journey of an expat.


     


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RED CARPET GALA FINAL

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    RED CARPET GALA FINAL

    VENUE: THE MADINAT THEATRE, MADINAT JUMEIRAH


    7.00pm, Friday March 11th


     


    1. GUIDED BY VOICES


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 4)

    Writer: Mark Konik (Australia)

    Director: Gautam Goenka

    Presented by Backstage

    Cast: Taraash Mehrotra (John), Butool Zaidi (SALLY), Asad Raza Khan (JOHN’S PRIVATE VOICE)


    John is an attractive and successful Marketer. Sally is a cute quirkie chemist. The only big problem with John is his out of control inner voice and his lack of confidence. A witty comedy that laughs at and holds up a mirror to our self-destructive behaviors.


     


    2. PLATFORM TALES


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 1)


    Writer: Baindu D. Kalokoh (Abu Dhabi)


    Director: Baindu D. Kalokoh


    Cast: Baindu D. Kalokoh (Michelle)


    One woman's recount of riding the New York City subway. 


     


    3. THE TRAGIC QUEEN


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 4)


    Written & Directed by Sanjeev Dixit


    Presented by Third Half Theatre


    Team: Aishwarya Shivkumar, Assyl Yacine, Caroline Suvares, Cmith Kumar Sarkar, Dillon Pink, Gustave Miranda, Joshua Johnson, Kimberly Aranjo, Kuv Sharma, Lovetto Nazareth, Meenu Muralee John, Meghana Fareed, Namratha Sankar, Ryden Aranjo, Shashwath Sunil Kumar, Shereen Saif, Stavros Antypas, Sumedh Kulkarni, Vivin Oommen
    *All songs are original; written and composed specifically for this production.


    For what shall it profit a woman, if she shall gain the whole world, and lose her own soul?


     


    4. GREEK CIVIL (OUT OF) SERVICE (GREEK)


    (WILDCARDS FINAL - PEOPLE'S CHOICE)


    Writer: Thespis Greek Theatre (Greece / Dubai)


    Director: Thespis Greek Theatre


    Cast: Anargiri Garavela (citizen), Vasilis Piperias (security guard), Christos Mamas (civil servant 1), Maria Tsekou (civil servant 2), Athina Simeonidou (civil servant 3)


    A Greek citizen wants to inherent a property from her recently deceased mother and discovers that it may not be as easy and quick as she thought…


     


    5. MADAARI (HINDI)


    (WINNER - PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINAL)


    Writer: Jayant Pawar (India) 


    Hindi Translation: Devendra Lawate (Dubai)


    Director: Nilesh Deshpande (Dubai)


    Presented by Natakwale.


    Cast: Devendra Lawate (Madaari), Nilesh Deshpande (Bear)


     ‘Madaari’ is a story of a struggle, a war, a battle between a human mind & animal mind. The character of the ‘Madaari’ represents a human mind whereas, the ‘Jamoora (the bear in the play) represents the animal mind inside a human.  It clearly highlights & underlines the fact that ‘it’s us – humans – who think of living in peace not by killing – but by letting to live.’


     


    6. INTELLIGENT DESIGN


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 3)


    Writer: Clifford Keen (Australia)


    Director: Sabiha Majgaonkar


    Cast: Justin Usle (Designer A) &Cris Meija (Designer B)


    Two creative types talk of the trials and tribulations tied to their collaborative efforts to create the "best" creation of all times.


     


    INTERVAL


     


    7. THREE'S A CROWD


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - WILDCARDS FINAL)


    Writers/Directors: Yasmina Hatem, Gloria Abou Diwan, Ghadi Yaghi (Lebanese)


    Cast: Yasmina Hatem (Grace) Gloria Abou Diwan (Soraya) Ghadi Yaghi (Chadi)


    Three Lebanese from completely different walks of life find themselves sitting next to each other on a plane from Beirut to Dubai. A little comedic glance into the journey of an expat.


     


    8. A TRIP DOWN THE LETHE


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 2)


    Writer: Sean O Suilleabhain (IRELAND)


    Director:  Sean O Suilleabhain


    Cast: Lawrence Grant-Larpe (Mr. Spooner) Priyanka Johri (Sonia), CrisMejia  (Ethel)


    Production: RamyaBala


    Mr. Spooner wishes to book a holiday as a surprise for his wife for their 40th wedding anniversary.  But good intentions sometimes come too late.


     


    9. NEW YEAR'S EVE


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 2)


    Writer: David MacGregor (USA)


    Director: Dharam Veer Sood


    Presented by Third Half Theatre


    Cast: Disha Joseph (Laura) & Eric Dury (Mr. Hollins) 


    We begin aging and moving towards death from the moment we are born. What then, is the point of it all?


     


    10. HAIR YE, HAIR YE …


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 1)


    Writer and Director: Baindu D. Kalokoh (Abu Dhabi)


    Actors: Baindu D. Kalokoh and Candace Nicole


    One woman's comedic reflection on her afro-textured hair.


                                                                                               


    11. YA WELCOME YA WELCOME


    (JUDGE'S CHOICE - TOP 40 WEEK 3)


    Writer and Director: Rosine Saad - Dubai


    Cast: Abdallah Al Qassab (Abdallah), Amal Mubarak (Buthaina), Bronwyn Byrnes (Barbara), Dan Frederics (Valentino)


    Barbara needs to apply for a License for her balcony flower pots and ends up getting more than she bargained for.


GALA FINAL WINNERS & NOMINEES

  1. SHORT+SWEET DUBAI


    RED CARPET GALA FINAL


    Friday March 11th, 2016 - The Madinat Theatre


     


    WINNERS & NOMINEES


     


    BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION


    Guided by Voices (Presented by Backstage)


    The Tragic Queen (Presented by Third Half Theatre)


    Ya Welcome Ya Welcome


    Madaari (Presented by Natakwale)


    New Year’s Eve (Presented by Third Half Theatre)


    Three’s a crowd


    Hair Ye Hair Ye


     


    WINNER:         The Tragic Queen (Presented by Third Half Theatre)


     


    BEST ACTOR


    Devendra Lawate (Madaari)


    Ghadi Yaghi (Three's A Crowd)


    Lawrence Grant-Larpre (A Trip down the Lethe)


    Asad Raza Khan (Guided by Voices)


    Nilesh Deshpande (Madaari)


    Assyl Yacine (The Tragic Queen)


    Eric Dury (New Years Eve)


    Abdallah Al Qassab (Ya Welcome Ya Welcome)


     


    WINNER:         Eric Dury (New Years Eve)


    RUNNER-UP:   Asad Raza Khan (Guided by Voices)


     


    BEST ACTRESS


    Cris Mejia (intelligent Design)


    Cris Mejia (A Trip down The Lethe)


    Disha Joseph (New Year's Eve)


    Candace Nicole (Hair Ye Hair Ye)


    Baindu D Kalokoh (Hair Ye Hair Ye)


    Baindu D Kalokoh (Platform Tales)


    Yasmina Hatem (Three's A Crowd)


    Meghana Fareed (The Tragic Queen)


    Butool Zaidi (Guided by Voices)


    Gloria Abou Diwan (Three's A Crowd)


     


    WINNER:         Baindu D Kalokoh (Hair Ye Hair Ye/Platform Tales)


    RUNNER-UP:   Gloria Abou Diwan (Three's A Crowd)


     


    BEST DIRECTOR


    Gautam Goenka (Guided by Voices)


    Dharam veer Sood (New Year's Eve)


    Rosine Saad (Ya Welcome Ya Welcome)


    Yasmina Hatem, Gloria Abou Diwan, Ghadi Yaghi (Three's A Crowd)


    Baindu D Kalokoh (Hair Ye Hair Ye)


    Sanjeev Dixit (The Tragic Queen)


    Constance Kratsa (Greek Civil (out of) Service)


    Nilesh Deshpande (Madaari)


    Baindu D Kalokoh (Platform Tales)


     


    WINNER:         Sanjeev Dixit (The Tragic Queen)


     


    BEST SCRIPT (UAE WRITERS ONLY)


    Sanjeev Dixit (The Tragic Queen)


    Baindu D Kalokoh (Hair Ye Hair Ye)


    Rosine Saad (Ya Welcome Ya Welcome)


    Sean O Suilleabhain (A trip down The Lethe)


    Yasmina Hatem, Gloria Abou Diwan, Ghadi Yaghi (Three's A Crowd)


    Constance Kratsa (Greek Civil (out of) Service)


    Baindu D Kalokoh (Platform Tales)


     


    WINNER:         Rosine Saad (Ya Welcome Ya Welcome)


     


    BEST INDEPENDENT THEATRE COMPANY


    Backstage


    Third Half Theatre


    Natakwale


    Thespis Greek Theatre


    Orb Theatricals


     


    WINNER:         Third Half Theatre


     


    BEST NEWCOMER


    Candace Nicole (Hair Ye Hair Ye)


    Bronwyn Byrnes (Ya Welcome Ya Welcome)


    Ghadi Yaghi (Three's A Crowd)


    Lawrence Grant-Larpre (A Trip down the Lethe)


    Abdallah Al Qassab (Ya Welcome Ya Welcome)


    Justin Usle (Intelligent Design)


    Anargiri Garavela (Greek Civil (out of) Service)


     


    WINNER:         Ghadi Yaghi (Three's A Crowd)


     


    BEST POSTER DESIGN


    Three’s A Crowd


    Greek Civil (out of) Service


    Guided by Voices (The Gala Final version)


    Thank You Mr Pongpat


    The F Word


    Between Us, Daughter and Mother


    I loved you two


    Aliyah in Wonderland


    Second Chance


    While you were sleeping


    In Sickness and In Wealth


    Comfort Zone


    The Fury of Teuton


    The Steam


    Madaari


    The Last Supper


     


    WINNER: Thank You MrPongpat