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16 Mar 2017 to 15 Jun 2017
5 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017
When
Friday, February 3, 2017 to Friday, March 10, 2017
Where
Madinat Jumeirah
Souk Madinat
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai 2017

Short+Sweet is the largest festival of 10 minute plays in the world! And now it’s back in its fifth successful year in Dubai. The 2017 Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival will be held at The Junction Theatre in Al Quoz and The Madinat Theatre @ the Souk Madinat  from 3 February to 10 March 2017.

Over six jam-packed weeks, more than 250 of Dubai’s most exciting actors, writers, directors and Independent Theatre Companies will present seventy 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 international groups.

 

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REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Sunday 16 October 2016

Register your Independent Theatre Company (ITC) here for Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai 2017, 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

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Sunday 16 October 2016

Register your interest as a Director for Short+Sweet Dubai 2017, 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 receive this year and a line-up of amazing actors. You will... read more

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Sunday 16 October 2016

Short+Sweet Dubai is currently accepting submissions of ten-minute plays. Submit your script here to be considered for Dubai's fifth 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 10 November 2016

Register your interest as an Actor for Short+Sweet Dubai 2017, 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

Festival Schedule

  1. TOP 40

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    TOP 40 Week 1 7.30 pm Fri Feb 3 and Sat Feb 4

    TOP 40 Week 2 7.30 pm Fri Feb 10 and Sat Feb 11

    TOP 40 Week 3 7.30 pm Fri Feb 17 and Sat Feb 18


    TOP 40 Week 4 3 pm and 8pm Fri 24 Feb


    WILDCARDS

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    Wildcards 1 2.30 pm Sat Feb 4

    Wildcards 2 2.30 pm Sat Feb 11

    Wildcards 3 2.30 pm Sat Feb 18


    WILDCARDS FINAL

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    3 pm Saturday 25 February 


    PEOPLE’S CHOICE FINAL

    VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE


    8 pm Saturday 25 February


    RED CARPET GALA FINAL

    VENUE: THE MADINAT THEATRE, MADINAT JUMEIRAH


    7 pm Friday 10 March


    TOP 40 Week 1 7.30 pm Fri Feb 3 and Sat Feb 4


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. Smile for the Camera


    Writer: Akshay Gehi (India/UAE) Director: Sikendar Hemani  ITC: Drama Galleries


    Cast : Abraham Vaddakan (Raulph), Siddhant Singla (Ben), Syed Imad (Henry), Benjamin Samuel (John), Sanket Pathare (Barman)


    After a long hard day at work, four miners decide to go drinking at an old bar suggested by their young new colleague. Watch out what happens when this tough lot loosens up to smile for the camera.


    2: Killing Bambi


    Writer: Lori Siekmann (USA)  Director: Aaqeel Shariff   ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Rohit Menon (Tom) Marija Gregoric (Beth)
    Beth hates to drive Tom around and to add to her woes, Bambi comes along to spoil the party..... good lord…is he in trouble?


    3. The Renaissance


    Writer: Nilesh Deshpande (India/UAE) Director: Nilesh Deshpande Music & Lights: Neil  ITC: Natakwale


    Cast: Advait, Aishwarya, Anvay, Aryan, Atharva, Dhruv, Ishaan, Saie, Srushti, Vedant, Yash


    If people are trying to bully you and bring you down, you can either fight back or win them over with your kindness and helpfulness. The story of a 14 yr old boy who overcomes his problems and emerges victorious.


    4. Auction


    Writer: Peri Desai (Iceland/India/UAE)  Director: Peri Desai


    Cast: Marie Dullaghan (Anna), Frank Dullaghan (Auctioneer)


    Learn Anna’s story through the things she is selling today.


    5. Murder by Midnight


    Writer: Jeff Goode (USA) Directors: Aida Laubach and Lisa Harter   ITC: ASD Adult Theatre


    Cast: Kristopher Williams (Dick Piston, hotel detective), Nadine Kabbani (Woman), Mark Schmidt (Bellhop)


    Hotel detective Dick Piston has less than ten minutes to solve the brutal murder of a regular hotel guest or risk losing her case to the day shift. A ten-minute mystery.


    6. Her 70th Birthday


    Writer: Farheen Khan (UK/UAE) Director: Farheen Khan ITC: Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Kuv Sharma (Tommy), Hiba Khan (Melanie), George Ansatasiades (Ryan), Justin Cipriano (Alan), Ruth Badley (Aunt B)


    It's her 70th birthday, a time to celebrate her life with family and friends. Or is it? A story full of family drama, long lasting feuds and revelations. 


    7. Checkmate


    Writer: CJ Single (UK/UAE)  Director: CJ Single   ITC: Dubai Drama Group


    Cast: Karl Lewisham (Robert), Adam Hackney (Sergei)


    Two Chess players face off for one final contest. They've played this game many times before, but this time the stakes are higher than they can possibly imagine.


    8. The Flowers


    Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia) Director: Sabiha Majgaonkar ITC: Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Joelle Thomas (Sam)


    Sam is a walking disaster – for others. But there is something that doesn’t get affected by her cursed presence. Will this change the course of her life or is she doomed to be unbreakable but alone?


    9. A Very Brief Encounter


    Writer: Suzy Wilds (Australia)  Director: Osman Aboubakr   ITC: H72 Productions


    Cast: Ramya Bala (Nisha), Jennifer Mauerhofer (Jo)


    Life is a long a winding road


    10. The Detective


    Writer: Ritesh Soni  Director: Wayne Dorsey  ITC: Upstage Entertainment


    Cast: Tashia Dorsey (Gerri), James Kinnard (Walter), Sandy Buckner (Anne), Kyla Dorsey (Madame Ose)


    A woman suspects her husband’s suicide is actually a murder.  Without help from the police, she decides to hire two private detectives who have an unique way of solving crimes.


     


    Wildcard Week 1 2.30 pm Sat Feb 4


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. Adopt or What?


    Writer: Zakaia Cvitanovich & Sanoop Dinesh (Abu Dhabi)  Director: Sanoop Dinesh  ITC: Beyond the Veil


    Cast: Ro Gilbert (Advika) and Sanoop Dinesh (Samar)


    A couple, under tremendous pressure to procreate, discuss alternative ways of starting a family. But will their parents agree? Are they even ready to have a family?


    2. Enjoy!


    Writer: Pamela Western (Australia)  Director: Mara Carpencu Pop


    Cast: Prithvi Nikhil Lopez (Waiter), Ahmed Syed (Jack), Preethi Vijayakumar (Alice)


    Jack and Alice, about to split up, are in a trendy restaurant. They never actually get around to eating, or talking about their relationship, because an over enthusiastic waiter keeps interrupting them. 


    3. Objectum Sexuality


    Writer: Ron Burch (USA)  Director: Syeda Aisha Atif   ITC: Heriot-Watt University


    Cast: Ram Sridhar (Dr. Santos), Syeda Aisha Atif (Ash)


    Love comes in all shapes and sizes, in humans and in animals; But do we have the final definition of the word love? What is normal in love? Is love even normal?


    4. The Lady and "The Tyger" or William Blake's "How I Met Your Mother"


    Writer: Trace Crawford  Director: by the ensemble, with music by Majd Qasem   ITC: The American University in Dubai Theatre Society


    Cast: Rasheed Hattab (Man) Anahit Tshughurya (Woman) Majd Qasem (Busker)


    How do you meet a nice guy these days? Go online? Smile politely across a crowded room at a party? Or maybe you run towards him, screaming like crazy...


    5.  Masochism Tango


    Writer: Bruce Kane (USA)  Director: Vaishali Balgu   ITC: Drama Galleries


    Cast: Sikendar Hemani (Ted) & Nisha bajaria (Babara)


    Romance and commitment get turned inside out when two emotional masochists form a relationship based on mutual rejection featuring one man and one woman.


    6. The Re-birth of a Pre-menopausal Widow


    Writer: Tashia Dorsey  (USA/UAE) Director: Tashia Dorsey   ITC: Upstage Entertainment


    Cast: Tashia Dorsey (The PM Widow)


    The Pre-Menopausal Widow was reborn out of the suspicious and untimely death of her husband. Empowered by tragedy she builds a media empire empowering other women to soar like eagles.


    7. No More Mr Nice Guy


    Writer: Jonathan Rand (USA) Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley  ITC: ASD


    Cast: Tuana Fayyad (Detective Kimball) Hayden Leever (Detective Mills), Austin Turner (Sheldon), Wyatt Sage (Cop), Alizeh Habib (Cop)


    Sheldon is the nicest guy in town but unfortunately by law this town prohibits being a nice guy. Will a crash course from a pair of local police detectives and a very special specialist, help him learn to be a jerk fast enough to stay out of prison?


    8. When Babies Fly


    Writer: Steve Korbar (USA)  Director: Preethi Vijayakumar


    Cast: Mara Carpencu Pop (Susan), Prithvi Nikhil Lopez (Sean)


    On a red eye flight from Dubai to London, a screaming child prompts a couple to find romantic attraction through their mutual dislike of children. If you've ever been on a flight with crying babies (who hasn't?!), this play will ring a bell.


    9. A Foolish Boy


    Writer: Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic (Canada)  Director: Stephen Delano   ITC: Maplewood International School


    Cast: Aryaan Ahmed, Safwan Khan, Omar Wehbe, Abdulla El Hage, Yaser Alkahlout, Hayder Abbas Hamad


    Several actors retell a hilarious Serbian folk tale. Or is it Scottish? Italian? Or could it just be….Canadian?


     


    TOP 40 Week 2 7.30 pm Fri Feb 10 and Sat Feb 11


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. Next


    Writer: Jesse Macpherson (Canada/UAE) Director: Ryan D'sa   ITC: Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Ryan D’sa (Director)  Nikhil Mittal (Writer) Joseph Peter (Thomas Johnson) Chris  McDermott (Boss)  Mara Carpencu Pop (Nancy) Hamza Merchant (Jean-Marc Garneux) Yash Bhardwaj (Gary Bent) Hazel Lucas (Nancy’s Mother)


    The troupe have been rehearsing and preparing endlessly for their play, but every actor has their own agenda.


    2. I Was There


    Writer: Sam Guzman (USA) Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley   ITC: ASD Student Theatre


    Cast: Dania Abdul Rahman (Elizabeth) Seth McKenzie Cheer (Greg) Shahryar Hasnani (Aaron) Cyrstal Goh Rawding (Kristen) Anya Singh (Lauren) Kaan Akkaya (DJ) Megan Gupta (Becca) Amina Elmasry (Emily)


    A group of students recount the intimate and horrific details of a school shooting. It’s a haunting examination told through a series of monologues about what leads someone to take the lives of their fellow students, and how those who survive cope with the tragedy.


    3. Curtain Call


    Writer: Seán Ó Súilleabháin (Ireland/UAE) Director: Seán Ó Súilleabháin


    Cast: Campbell Tennis (Krapp)  Lucy McFeely (Nurse) Johnny Dillon (Lear)


    An old actor’s last few moments on his death bed. Nobody has come to see him apart from two mysterious visitors from his past.


    4. Happy Death Day To You (Lunar Eclipse Part 2)


    Writer: Pawan Manghnani (India/UAE) Director: Pawan Manghnani    ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Zille Rehman (Vicky), Eccha Khemani (Anjali), Vikita Shahani (Zara), Punit Lalwani (Neel), Jannat Manghnani (Nisha), Pahal Samyani (Astral Being)


    Friday 13th Feb 1983, 20 Years later. A rich NRI kid is celebrating his 21st birthday in Bhilwara, India which is now a sprawling urban city. The girls in his group are adventure junkies who want him to cut the cake in a haunted mansion on the hill realizing the secrets of the blood moon are still real.


    5. Bake-Off


    Author: adapted by Iobel Andemicael from a play by Alex Broun  Director: Lisa Harter, Iobel Andemicael & Aida Laubach


    Cast: Lisa Harter (Trish), Iobel Andemicael (Belle), Aida Laubach (Nisrine)   


     Temperatures rise in the countdown to the Annual Dubai Expat Ladies’ Cake Bake-off


    6. Leave this Town


    Writer: Farheen Khan (UK/UAE) Director: Sandra Spencer


    Cast: Ramilus Taha (Caine) Christina Blu (Kaycee) Marco Emilio Khalil Barghi (Adam) Lamya Tawfik (Irene) Ryan D'sa (Big Mo)


    In an American town where nothing ever happens, will a stranger disturb the humdrum of rural life?


    7. Diary of a Break-up/Break-down


    Writer: Alex Broun (Australia/UAE) Director: Chandni Varma


    Cast: Afaf Shawwa Bibi (Tina), Hussain Hadi (Tim)


    We've all gone through a break-up at some point in our lives. Break-ups are tragic but the things they make you do are plain funny! Join Tim and Tina as they take you through their tragicomic break-up diaries.


    8. The Landlady


    Writer: Adaption from Roald Dahl’s short story The Landlady by Danú writers’ workshop (Ireland/Dubai) Director: Lucy McFeely   ITC: Danu Dubai


    Cast: Ronan Dennehy (Billy Weaver) Aileen Kelly (The landlady)


    Mr Billy Weaver has arrived in Bath to begin his new job as an accountant. Looking for a place to stay for the night, he enters a quaint Bed and Breakfast run by a friendly old landlady, who seems will do just about anything to keep her guests satisfied.


    9. Lein Meta


    Writer: Rosine Saad (Lebanon/UAE) Director: Rosine Saad


    Cast: Abdallah Al Qassab (Abu Muhammad), Afra Atiq (Amna), Hala Bassar (Noora), Lamya Tawfiq (Subtitles flipper), and Fluffy (himself - voice off).


    A play about how Emiratis are perceived by expats.


     


    Wildcard Week 2 2.30 pm Sat Feb 11


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. The Gift


    Writer: Najwa Yassir (Canadian-Palestinian/UAE)  Director: Najwa Yassir


    Cast: Carla Risborg (Pauline)


    Pauline has the gift of giving presents, but those closest to her don't always reciprocate. Why is it bad behaviour to be ungracious about receiving a terrible gift but good behaviour to give one?


    2. The Turtle Doves


    Writer: Priyanka Pratab & Seline Mary  Director: Benjamin Samuel


    Cast: Benjamin Smuel


    Turtledoves...they are the symbols of innocence, love, care and life long commitment


    3. Bob Gets Cast Out of Hell


    Writer: Robert O'Connell (USA) Director: Emaan Abdulaziz


    Cast: Kevin Cremona (Devil), Anjaan (Angel)


    Even devil gets sick of certain people. This particular devil seeks helps from the other side.


    4. Dr. Love


    Writer: Michel Nassar (Lebanon/UAE)  Director: Michel Nassar


    Cast: Michel Nassar (Dr. Love), TBD (the girls)


    Dr. Love's wisdom, live on stage, is one of his best lectures introducing the simple and effective methods of how to make a woman fall in love


    6. Master? Who?


    Writer: Sai Bhaswana Ghate (India/UAE) Director: Hitesh Rajani   ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Hitesh Rajani, Shruti Rameshan, Mariyam Kay, Krishika Mahesh, Vrinda Bhandula, Karan Hanj, Bernard, Priyanshu Dey, Dharsh Ramesh Jhamnani


    An unconscious enslavement is underway, right from the dark halls of theatres to the buzz of a restaurant. Humans have progressed

    and evolved into the Masters of Technology. The question to ask is, ARE we?


    7. L'audizione


    Writers: Pasquale Petrolo and Claudio Gregori (Italy) Directors: MichelaContini- Marco Fraschetti- NatasciaColautti


    Cast: MichelaContini (Michela), NatasciaColautti (Natascia), Marco Fraschetti (the director)


    Two actresses’ audition turns into a surreal situation when a gullible director is trapped in the confusing bubble between reality and fiction.


    8. Electric Lamentations: Through The Shattered Glass


    Writer: Al-Hurr Al-Dalli (Iraq/UAE) Director: Hurr Al Dali   ITC: Resuscitation Theatre


    Cast: Al-Hurr Al-Dalli (Al) Faisal Al-Jadir (Himself)


    Who is Al? An existential crisis in 10 mins or less.


    9. Halloween


    Writer: Sabiha Majgaonkar (India/UAE)  Director: Priyanka Gheriya   ITC: Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Hetav Madani (Alex) Uzair Mustafa (Sam) Khalil Boukhris (Edward) Monica Chatterjee (Ellie) Fiza Afreen (Elaine) & Christopher McDermott (Mr. Ben)


    A bunch of teenagers have given up celebrating Halloween, however they like to entertain themselves by watching and making fun of the other kids celebrating. Find out their story as they get ready to have some fun (again) this Halloween.


     


    TOP 40 Week 3 7.30 pm Fri Feb 17 and Sat Feb 18


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. Unfinished Business


    Writer: John McDermott (UK)  Director: Greg Lunn


    Cast: Sarah Potter (Eedy) Carine Bouery (Shakespeare Actor) Hazel Lesley (Daisey) Jad Raouphel (Pete) Maurice Cassan (Macca)


    A hiker, a Shakespeare actor, and a bar owner walk into a bar. The bar tender looks up and says 'Oh my Gawd'


    2. Sinfully Yours


    Writer: Biju Viswambaran (India/UAE) Director: Mili Baji


    Cast: Mili Baji (Mia), Bindu Viswambaran (Susan), Biju Viswambaran (Jacob)                              


    This is no ordinary family. A squabble between sinister siblings over the family inheritance brings out skeletons in the closet.


    3. A Defenceless Creature


    Writer: Neil Simon (USA)  Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley  ITC: ASD Student Theatre


    Cast: Dania Abdulla (Lady) Arman Sadighian (Banker) Hana Zaimovic (Banker Assistant) Emma Tarr (Banker Assistant)


    An obnoxious peasant woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money.


    4. Press Pray


    Writer: Seth Freeman (USA) Director: Roli Agrawal  ITC: H72 Productions


    Cast: Lavina (Martha) Rhema (Voice from above)


    A desperate 21st Century soul seeks refuge in an ancient house of worship and her prayers receive a very 21st Century response.


    5. Going Once, Going Twice


    Writer: Cerise de Gelder (Australia) Director: Joelle Thomas   ITC: Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Sabiha Majgaonkar (Trish) Joelle Thomas (Grace)


    Trish and Micheal’s dinner invitation is a great opportunity for Grace to push her agenda of Max’s promotion. Grace conveys this to Trish who is more than willing to help. However Grace finds something far more valuable that she desperately wants. Will Trish give this to Grace so easily?


    6. Coming Out


    Writer: Zorian Cross (India)  Director: Ankita Rao  ITC: H72 Productions


    Cast: Eric Dury (Eddie) Abhijit Baruah (Patrick) Anish Rao (David)


    A young and a successful man eagerly awaits the arrival of his family to disclose his 'secret'. How many skeletons will come tumbling out? 


    7. A Lumberjack, A Eunuch and A Pope: Each man lives many lives


    Writer: James Hutchison (Canada) Director: Kirin Hilliar


    Cast: Greg Lunn (Mr. Kensington), Kirin Hilliar (Clerk), Justin Cipriano (Attendant)


    Mr. Kensington has died without learning the true meaning of life and must plead his case for another chance or be returned to earth as a slug.  


    8. Captain Everything


    Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia)  Director: Gautam Goenka   ITC: H72 Productions


    Cast: Asad Raza Khan


    Join Captain Everything, the superhero of all superheroes, on his quest to rescue Princess Prettyface. A fast-paced comedy adventure with a terrible twist.


    9. Punkedtuat!on


    Writer: Lamya Tawfik (Egypt/UAE) Director: Lamya Tawfik


    Cast: Phil Apaza (Exclamation Mark), Kirin Hilliar (Capital Letters), Michela Contini (Hashtag), Emma Haylan Hall (Colon), Sherouk Zakaria (Full Stop), Jasmin Neuschaefer (Left Parenthesis), Rami Bayram (Right Parenthesis), Carla Risborg (Lady 1), Lamya Tawfik (Lady 2)


    They have been misused and abused and, frankly, they have had enough! This is a story about what could happen if you push the buttons of your buttons. WARNING: #itaintpretty


     


    Wildcard Week 3 2.30 pm Sat Feb 18


    Note - plays are NOT listed in running order


    1. Collision


    Writer: Factory Theatre Ensemble (UAE)  Director: Hazel Lucas   ITC: FATE


    Cast: Anirudh Mahesh (Male) Melina Rad (Female) Lyra Christie (Chorus) Alicia Karskov (Chorus) Alisha Gupta (Chorus)


    Collision: Short and Sweet throws a spotlight on the biggest global cause of death in young people...road traffic accidents, by examining one tragic real life story and the lives affected by one mistake.


    2. Bondservant


    Writer: William Orem (USA) Director: Mehak Srivastava  ITC: Manipal University


    Cast: Siddique Mohialdin (Claude) Nidhi Kumar (Jane) Dania Rahman (Waitress)


    The play encapsulates what could be phrased as 'bad date'; what could seem like the date of a lifetime, can sometimes easily end in a nasty surprise.


    3. Between Thin Lines


    Writer: Aswin Muraleedharan & Aman Bhatia (India/UAE)  Director: Aswin Muraleedharan & Aman Bhatia  ITC: University of Wollongong


    Cast: Aman Bhatia (Lt. Karan Shergill) Arjun Kukreja (Lt. Ram Bhakshi) Shoeb Iqbal (Lt. Sarfaraz Khan) Harsha Limani (Anaya Bhakshi) Maanvi Veervani (Seher Khan) Muskan Lalwani (Durga Bhakshi)


    They belonged to the two different armies and were border guards who meet unexpectedly during one of their duty patrol. Both of them shares stories on their family and life back at home and through their interactions they become inseparable friends, but soon tension broke out between India and Pakistan leading to a declaration of war between the both. Will the friendship survive the border turmoil? Find out.


     


    4. Seven Children


    5. Played for a Sap


    Written by Rex Mcgregor (New Zealand) Director: Shifa Ahsan & Sadiya Parvez   ITC: Heriot-Watt University


    Director- Shifa Ahsan and Sadiya Parvez


    Actors -  Lionel Mendonsa (Mitch Blake) Kunal Bhatia (Bruno Fratelli) Shweta Kinkale (Ruby Fratelli) Garima Himthani (Coral Harris)


    A woman persuades a private eye to blackmail her husband. But things don’t go as planned. Or do they? 


    6. Avalanche


    Writer: Sarah Greet (USA)  Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley  ITC: ASD Student Theatre


    Cast: Marieke Bosman (Clarice) Theo Gyra (Barry)


    The trapped skiers wait for help that may never come.


    7. A Street Art Showroom


    Writer: Mohamed Abid (Algeria/Canada/UAE) Director: Mohamed Abid


    Cast: Shahzayn Duraid (Security, Owner) Myrna Rafail (Art Enthusiast) Ferris Elaraby (Janitor, Usher) Mohamed Abid (Usher, Police)


    When a bogus street art museum attracts an art enthusiast who's a bit TOO enthused, things go south quick as police, conspiracy theories, and scams get involved.


    8. Just Playing


    Writer: Ruth Badley (UK/UAE)  Director: Ruth Badley


    Cast: Greg Lunn (Mike) Ahmed Syed (George) Ruth Badley (Director) Tim Badley (road accident victim / Mike 2)


    Mike has stage fright and George, his blabbermouth co-star, isn’t helping.  And then there’s the script.  When two worlds collide, even the director won’t know who’s pretending! A black comedy about actors and acting.


     


    TOP 40 Week 4 3 pm and 8 pm Fri Feb 24


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. Heaven Knows


    Writer: Iobel Andemicael (USA/UAE)  Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley   ITC: ASD Student Theatre


    Cast: Danya Itani (Angel Eve) Fahad Alhaj (Angel Abel) Yasmine Barbes (Hannah) Ethan Samandan (Bilal) Dana Albraik (Alicia) Rania Khan (Penelope)


    If you had the ability to see, and alter, the future of someone you loved, would you? Should you?


    2. Blind


    Writer: Chris McDermott (UK/UAE)  Director: Chris McDermott


    Cast: Dima Al Sadi  (Blind woman one) Maria Gregoric (Blind woman two) Anna Z. Alexandra (Amy) Jojo Jose (George)


    Hiba Khan (Sally)


    Dancers: Dora Jerson, Jeena George, Monisha Sukumar, Sanjana Sajeev, Shalu Balagopal, Sudhakshina Shivkumar


    Choreographer: Aishwarya Shivkumar of The Ripple Effect.


     


    BLIND contrasts the difference between physical blindness and emotional blindness. The story incorporates Bollywood dancers whose sticks echo those of blind  people to song lyrics which tell us that Sally  “Was bound, was tired, Hadn’t seen a light so long” that she wanted to ‘Bang her head against the wall’.


    3. This Was Our Music


    Writer: Mike Rothschild (USA) Director: Jaidev Sanketi


    Cast: Paurav Shah (Alan), Maha Husain (Denise)


    Alan works as a radio jockey for a jazz radio station; a job and genre of music he loves very much. But along comes Denise, with some bad news - both for him and the few remaining lovers of jazz.


    4. Playing Chicken


    Writer: Phil Apaza (USA/UAE)  Director: Phil Apaza


    5. Compos Mentis


     


    Writer: Marilyn Millstone (USA) Director: Rashmi Kotriwala   ITC: H72 Productions


     


    Cast: Anthea Mendonca (Alese Langford) Ramdas Rao (Robert Langford) Rashmi Kortiwala (Patricia Ambrose)


    Latin phrase compos mentis: it means "of sound mind." "Of sound mind" means one is mentally competent. Robert and Alese Langford interview for a coveted spot at Silver Glades Senior Living. But is Silver Glades Senior Living ready for Robert and Alese? 


    6. Da


    Writer: Frank Dullaghan (Ireland) Director: Michael Haigney


    Cast: Campbell Tennis (Da), Michael Haigney (Son)


    Fathers and sons have complicated relationships walls can get erected without either knowing how or why, once a wall is there can it be taken down so easily? 


    7. Blue Wire, Red Wire


    Writer: Albert Jamae (Australia) Directors: Humera Sultana and Kailash Nair  ITC: Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Humera Sultana (Trish) Kailash Nair (Marty) Deepen Gandhi (Gary)


    Trish is strapped to a bomb with five minutes left on the clock. Despite the impending doom, she continues to complain about coffee to her rescuer Marty, the lead bomb squad diffuser.


    8. Understanding Peanut


    Writer: Rita Martinos (Lebanon/UAE)  Director: Jasmin Neuschaefer


    Cast: Lamya Tawfik (Tania) Vaishali Balgu (Jasmine) Kuv Shurma (Greg) Jasmin Neuschaefer (Kay)


    A young couple, wanting to uncover the mystery behind their dog’s sudden depression, hire a pet psychic. After the psychic reveals the dog’s once-best-kept secrets, she refuses to leave the house in fear for her life.


    9. I Still Love You Two (Part 3)


     


    Writer: Manish Keshwani  (India/UAE) Director: Manish Keshwani   ITC: Aish Outt Productions


     


    Cast: Pawan Manghnani (Al), Hitesh Sukhnani (Lucky), Natalia Gusak (Riya)


    A best man is similar to a dead body at a funeral. Ofcourse you're expected to be there, but if you say too much - people start freaking out. Sequel to I Love You Two (2014) & Prequel to I Loved You Two (2015) making it the first ever trilogy in Short+Sweet worldwide.


     


    Wildcards Semi-finals 3 pm Saturday 25


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. ADOPT OF WHAT?


    A couple, under tremendous pressure to procreate, discuss alternative ways of starting a family. But will their parents agree? Are they even ready to have a family?


    Writer: Zakaia Cvitanovich & Sanoop Dinesh (Abu Dhabi)  Director: Sanoop Dinesh ITC: Beyond the Veil


    Cast: Ro Gilbert (Advika) and Sanoop Dinesh (Samar)


    2. SEVEN CHILDREN


    “Tell her I look at one of their children covered in blood and what do I feel? Tell her all I feel is happy it’s not her.” “Don’t tell her that.”


    Writer: Caryl Churchill (UK) Director: Alex Broun Presented by Short+Sweet Acting Group

    Cast: Richa Anand, Pranita Das, Lorna Francine, Amna Khalid, Sai Lakshmi, Natajia Miller, Zeina Mosti, Subrata Singh, Venetia Tiarks-Clark, Geetha Balvannanaathan.


    3.  THE GIFT


    Pauline has the gift of giving presents, but those closest to her don't always reciprocate. Why is it bad behaviour to be ungracious about receiving a terrible gift but good behaviour to give one?


     Writer: Najwa Yassir (Canada/Palestine/UAE) Director: Najwa Yassir


    Cast: Carla Risborg (Pauline)


    4. AVALANCHE


    The trapped skiers wait for help that may never come.


    Writer: Sarah Greet (USA) Directors: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley ITC: ASD Student Theatre


    Cast: Marieke Bosman (Clarice) Theo Gyra (Barry)


    5. MASOCHISM TANGO


    Romance and commitment get turned inside out when two emotional masochists form a relationship based on mutual rejection featuring one man and one woman.


    Writer: Bruce Kane (USA) Director: Vaishali Balgu  ITC: Drama Galleries


    Cast: Sikendar Hemani (Ted) Vaishali Balgu (Babara)


    6. MASTER? WHO?


    An unconscious enslavement is underway, right from the dark halls of theatres to the buzz of a restaurant. Humans have progressed and evolved into the Masters of Technology. The question to ask is, ARE we?


    Writer: Sai Bhaswana Ghate (India/UAE) Director: Hitesh Rajani   ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Hitesh Rajani, Shruti Rameshan, Mariyam Kay, Krishika Mahesh, Vrinda Bhandula, Karan Hanj, Bernard, Priyanshu Dey, Dharsh Ramesh Jhamnani


    7. JUST PLAYING


    Mike has stage fright and George, his blabbermouth co-star, isn’t helping.  And then there’s the script.  When two worlds collide, even the director won’t know who’s pretending! A black comedy about actors and acting.


    Writer: Ruth Badley (UK/USA) Director: Ruth Badley


    Cast: Greg Lunn (Mike) Ahmed Syed (George) Ruth Badley (Director) Tim Badley (road accident victim / Mike 2))


    8. THE RE-BIRTH OF A PRE-MENSTRUAL WIDOW


    The Pre-Menopausal Widow was reborn out of the suspicious and untimely death of her husband. Empowered by tragedy she builds a media empire empowering other women to soar like eagles.


    Writer: Tashia Dorsey  (USA/UAE) Director: Tashia Dorsey  ITC: Upstage Entertainment Cast: Tashia Dorsey (The PM Widow)


    9. L’AUDIZIONE


    Two actresses’ audition turns into a surreal situation when a gullible director is trapped in the confusing bubble between reality and fiction


    Writers: Pasquale Petrolo and Claudio Gregori (Italy) Directors: Michela Contini, Marco Fraschetti & Natascia Colautti


    Cast: Michela Contini, Marco Fraschetti & Natascia Colautti


     


    People's Choice Semi-finals 8 pm Saturday 25


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. The Lady and "The Tyger" or William Blake's "How I Met Your Mother"


    Writer: Trace Crawford  Director: by the ensemble, with music by Majd Qasem   ITC: The American University in Dubai Theatre Society


    Cast: Rasheed Hattab (Man) Anahit Tshughurya (Woman) Majd Qasem (Busker)


    How do you meet a nice guy these days? Go online? Smile politely across a crowded room at a party? Or maybe you run towards him, screaming like crazy...


    2. Happy Death Day To You (Lunar Eclipse Part 2)


    Writer: Pawan Manghnani (India/UAE) Director: Pawan Manghnani    ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Zille Rehman (Vicky), Eccha Khemani (Anjali), Vikita Shahani (Zara), Punit Lalwani (Neel), Jannat Manghnani (Nisha), Pahal Samyani (Astral Being)


    Friday 13th Feb 1983, 20 Years later. A rich NRI kid is celebrating his 21st birthday in Bhilwara, India which is now a sprawling urban city. The girls in his group are adventure junkies who want him to cut the cake in a haunted mansion on the hill realizing the secrets of the blood moon are still real.


    3. Collision


    Writer: Factory Theatre Ensemble (UAE)  Director: Hazel Lucas   ITC: FATE


    Cast: Anirudh Mahesh (Male) Melina Rad (Female) Lyra Christie (Chorus) Alicia Karskov (Chorus) Alisha Gupta (Chorus)


    Collision: Short and Sweet throws a spotlight on the biggest global cause of death in young people...road traffic accidents, by examining one tragic real life story and the lives affected by one mistake.


    4. Her 70th Birthday


    Writer: Farheen Khan (UK/UAE) Director: Farheen Khan ITC: Orb Theatricals


    Cast: Kuv Sharma (Tommy), Hiba Khan (Melanie), George Ansatasiades (Ryan), Justin Cipriano (Alan), Ruth Badley (Aunt B)


    It's her 70th birthday, a time to celebrate her life with family and friends. Or is it? A story full of family drama, long lasting feuds and revelations. 


    5. Blind


    Writer: Chris McDermott (UK/UAE)  Director: Chris McDermott


    Cast: Dima Al Sadi  (Blind woman one) Maria Gregoric (Blind woman two) Anna Z. Alexandra (Amy) Jojo Jose (George)


    Hiba Khan (Sally)


    Dancers: Dora Jerson, Jeena George, Monisha Sukumar, Sanjana Sajeev, Shalu Balagopal, Sudhakshina Shivkumar


    Choreographer: Aishwarya Shivkumar of The Ripple Effect.


    BLIND contrasts the difference between physical blindness and emotional blindness. The story incorporates Bollywood dancers whose sticks echo those of blind  people to song lyrics which tell us that Sally  “Was bound, was tired, Hadn’t seen a light so long” that she wanted to ‘Bang her head against the wall’.


    6. Bake-Off


    Author: adapted by Iobel Andemicael from a play by Alex Broun  Director: Lisa Harter, Iobel Andemicael & Aida Laubach


    Cast: Lisa Harter (Trish), Iobel Andemicael (Belle), Aida Laubach (Nisrine)   


     Temperatures rise in the countdown to the Annual Dubai Expat Ladies’ Cake Bake-off


    7. I Still Love You Two (Part 3)


    Writer: Manish Keshwani (India/UAE) Director: Manish Keshwani   ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Pawan Manghnani (Al), Hitesh Sukhnani (Lucky), Natalia Gusak (Riya)


    A best man is similar to a dead body at a funeral. Ofcourse you're expected to be there, but if you say too much - people start freaking out. Sequel to I Love You Two (2014) & Prequel to I Loved You Two (2015) making it the first ever trilogy in Short+Sweet worldwide.


    8. Killing Bambi


    Writer: Lori Siekmann (USA)  Director: Aaqeel Shariff   ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Rohit Menon (Tom) Marija Gregoric (Beth)
    Beth hates to drive Tom around and to add to her woes, Bambi comes along to spoil the party..... good lord…is he in trouble?


    9. Punkedtuat!on


    Writer: Lamya Tawfik (Egypt/UAE) Director: Lamya Tawfik


    Cast: Phil Apaza (Exclamation Mark), Kirin Hilliar (Capital Letters), Michela Contini (Hashtag), Emma Haylan Hall (Colon), Sherouk Zakaria (Full Stop), Jasmin Neuschaefer (Left Parenthesis), Rami Bayram (Right Parenthesis), Carla Risborg (Lady 1), Lamya Tawfik (Lady 2)


    They have been misused and abused and, frankly, they have had enough! This is a story about what could happen if you push the buttons of your buttons. WARNING: #itaintpretty


    10. Electric Lamentations: Through The Shattered Glass


    Writer: Al-Hurr Al-Dalli (Iraq/UAE) Director: Hurr Al Dali   ITC: Resuscitation Theatre


    Cast: Al-Hurr Al-Dalli (Al) Faisal Al-Jadir (Himself)


    Who is Al? An existential crisis in 10 mins or less.


    11. A Defenceless Creature


    Writer: Neil Simon (USA)  Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley  ITC: ASD Student Theatre


    Cast: Dania Abdulla (Lady) Arman Sadighian (Banker) Hana Zaimovic (Banker Assistant) Emma Tarr (Banker Assistant)


    An obnoxious peasant woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money.


     


    Gala Final 7 pm Saturday 10 March


    Note - plays are listed in running order


    1. The Landlady


    Writer: Adaption from Roald Dahl’s short story The Landlady by Danú writers’ workshop (Ireland/Dubai) Director: Lucy McFeely   ITC: Danu Dubai


    Cast: Ronan Dennehy (Billy Weaver) Aileen Kelly (The landlady)


    Mr Billy Weaver has arrived in Bath to begin his new job as an accountant. Looking for a place to stay for the night, he enters a quaint Bed and Breakfast run by a friendly old landlady, who seems will do just about anything to keep her guests satisfied.


    2. I Still Love You Two (Part 3)


    Writer: Manish Keshwani (India/UAE) Director: Manish Keshwani   ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Pawan Manghnani (Al), Hitesh Sukhnani (Lucky), Natalia Gusak (Riya)


    A best man is similar to a dead body at a funeral. Ofcourse you're expected to be there, but if you say too much - people start freaking out. Sequel to I Love You Two (2014) & Prequel to I Loved You Two (2015) making it the first ever trilogy in Short+Sweet worldwide.


    3. Checkmate


    Writer: CJ Single (UK/UAE)  Director: CJ Single   ITC: Dubai Drama Group


    Cast: Karl Lewisham (Robert), Adam Hackney (Sergei)


    Two Chess players face off for one final contest. They've played this game many times before, but this time the stakes are higher than they can possibly imagine.


    4. Coming Out


    Writer: Zorian Cross (India)  Director: Ankita Rao  ITC: H72 Productions


    Cast: Eric Dury (Eddie) Abhijit Baruah (Patrick) Anish Rao (David)


    A young and a successful man eagerly awaits the arrival of his family to disclose his 'secret'. How many skeletons will come tumbling out? 


    5. Bake-Off


    Author: adapted by Iobel Andemicael from a play by Alex Broun  Director: Lisa Harter, Iobel Andemicael & Aida Laubach


    Cast: Lisa Harter (Trish), Iobel Andemicael (Belle), Aida Laubach (Nisrine)   


     Temperatures rise in the countdown to the Annual Dubai Expat Ladies’ Cake Bake-off


    6. This Was Our Music


    Writer: Mike Rothschild (USA) Director: Jaidev Sanketi


    Cast: Paurav Shah (Alan), Maha Husain (Denise)


    Alan works as a radio jockey for a jazz radio station; a job and genre of music he loves very much. But along comes Denise, with some bad news - both for him and the few remaining lovers of jazz.


    7. Master? Who?


    An unconscious enslavement is underway, right from the dark halls of theatres to the buzz of a restaurant. Humans have progressed and evolved into the Masters of Technology. The question to ask is, ARE we?


    Writer: Sai Bhaswana Ghate (India/UAE) Director: Hitesh Rajani   ITC: Aish Outt Productions


    Cast: Hitesh Rajani, Shruti Rameshan, Mariyam Kay, Krishika Mahesh, Vrinda Bhandula, Karan Hanj, Bernard, Priyanshu Dey, Dharsh Ramesh Jhamnani


    8. Understanding Peanut


    Writer: Rita Martinos (Lebanon/UAE)  Director: Jasmin Neuschaefer


    Cast: Lamya Tawfik (Tania) Vaishali Balgu (Jasmine) Kuv Shurma (Greg) Jasmin Neuschaefer (Kay)


    A young couple, wanting to uncover the mystery behind their dog’s sudden depression, hire a pet psychic. After the psychic reveals the dog’s once-best-kept secrets, she refuses to leave the house in fear for her life.


    9. Diary of a Break-up/Break-down


    Writer: Alex Broun (Australia/UAE) Director: Chandni Varma


    Cast: Afaf Shawwa Bibi (Tina), Hussain Hadi (Tim)


    We've all gone through a break-up at some point in our lives. Break-ups are tragic but the things they make you do are plain funny! Join Tim and Tina as they take you through their tragicomic break-up diaries.


    10. Renaissance


    Writer: Nilesh Deshpande (India/UAE) Director: Nilesh Deshpande Music & Lights: Neil  ITC: Natakwale


    Cast: Advait, Aishwarya, Anvay, Aryan, Atharva, Dhruv, Ishaan, Saie, Srushti, Vedant, Yash


    If people are trying to bully you and bring you down, you can either fight back or win them over with your kindness and helpfulness. The story of a 14 yr old boy who overcomes his problems and emerges victorious.


    11. Seven Children


    “Tell her I look at one of their children covered in blood and what do I feel? Tell her all I feel is happy it’s not her.” “Don’t tell her that.”


    Writer: Caryl Churchill (UK) Director: Alex Broun Presented by Short+Sweet Acting Group

    Cast: Richa Anand, Pranita Das, Lorna Francine, Amna Khalid, Sai Lakshmi, Natajia Miller, Zeina Mosti, Subrata Singh, Venetia Tiarks-Clark, Geetha Balvannanaathan.


    12. Captain Everything


    Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia)  Director: Gautam Goenka   ITC: H72 Productions


    Cast: Asad Raza Khan


    Join Captain Everything, the superhero of all superheroes, on his quest to rescue Princess Prettyface. A fast-paced comedy adventure with a terrible twist.