Chekhov’s Cigarette – An Evening of Short Plays

 

Dubai Drama Group’s latest production is an evening of four short plays by Anton Chekhov, Ferenc Molnar and Alex Broun. The four plays range from serious drama to dark comedy and will have a total of five evening performances at thejamjar in Al Quoz from Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th April; doors open at 7 PM and the show commences at 7.30 PM. Entry to the show is by donation at the door.

This production is presented in association with thejamjar. Founded in 2005, thejamjar is a creative space that works to promote artists and support the development of Dubai’s arts scene through its extensive arts programme, educational initiatives, and community projects. The 4000 sq. ft. studio and gallery offers the region’s first Public DIY Painting Studio alongside a year round exhibition and events calendar presenting a diverse range of art forms, including visual art, film, music, theatre and more. For more information about the jamjar, including a location map, please visit http://www.thejamjardubai.com/

The Google Maps link to the venue can be found here.


Auditions

Open Auditions – Saturday 15th / Sunday 16th

This coming Saturday and Sunday, Dubai Drama Group is holding open auditions for two productions: an evening of short plays in early April and a production of ‘Relatively Speaking’ in June.

Both sets of auditions are being held at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates.

Saturday 15th Feb – Welcome/Briefing at 3.15 pm – top floor of DUCTAC main building

Sunday 16th Feb – Welcome/Briefing at 6.45 pm – top floor of DUCTAC main building

Further details for all the auditions can be found on our Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/DubaiDramaGroup/events


Auditions – Relatively Speaking – 15th/16th February

Auditions

‘Relatively Speaking’ by Alan Ayckbourn

Saturday 15th Feb from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Sunday 16th Feb – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

ENOC Studio, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates

Performances in June 2014

A classic comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identity, with a very well-constructed plot and a slightly dark streak. A hit show, with reviews describing it as “deliciously heady,” “a near miracle,” and provoking “the proverbial gales of laughter.”

“The sturdily-constructed work is a comedy of misunderstanding, embarrassment and human fraility.” – Daily Telegraph

“Its superb construction and its ingenious plotting have a timeless indestructibility.” – Daily Mail

Alan Ayckbourn is one of the most prolific and widely performed of living English language playwrights and a highly regarded theatre director. He has written 74 full length plays and has won Olivier, Tony and Molière Awards for his work.

Characters:
Greg and Ginny – the young lovers (20s)
Philip – Ginny’s former employer and ex-lover (40/50s)
Sheila – Philip’s wife (40/50s)

Further Information:

What time should I be there?

Please try to arrive fifteen minutes before the start of the audition slot i.e. at 3.15 PM on the 15th and at 6.45 PM on the 16th. This is so we can give a quick briefing to everyone before the auditions start.

Where should I go?

The audition welcome and briefing will be held on the top floor of DUCTAC near the stairs, fifteen minutes before the auditions commence.

If you arrive after the welcome/briefing, the auditions themselves will be held in the ENOC Studio at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates. Please visit ductac.org for directions to DUCTAC. If you have any problems finding the room simply ask at the DUCTAC reception counter in the main foyer.

How long will it take?

Due to the format of the auditions, you may be asked to read more than once with different people. Therefore please allow time for this.

What should I bring?

Please bring along a passport photo. When you arrive, there is a simple audition form that will need to be filled in.

What will the format be?

As this is an ensemble piece, it is important to see how you interact with other actors. We will therefore have people read sections of the play with other actors. You may be asked to read different sections of the play with different actors.

What should I prepare?

Audition pieces are can be downloaded from http://www.dubaidramagroup.com/faq/audition-information-relatively-speaking/

You do not need to learn these beforehand; however, we do suggest becoming familiar with them.

As this play has a very clear English setting, you need to be able to do an English accent or at least be willing on working on one over the rehearsal process.

(Please note that these sections of the script are shared only for the purpose of audition preparation. Please do not share them or distribute them further.)

If I get the part, when do I need to be available?

Rehearsals normally take place on evenings and weekends. In March, April and early May this would likely only consist of one or two rehearsals per week.

The performances will be on June 12th – 14th. It is therefore essential that you are available for regular rehearsals in late May and the first two weeks of June.

I’ve got a holiday booked during the rehearsal period. Can I still audition?

Yes – provided you are available for the majority of the rehearsal period and for the final few weeks before the performances.

If I don’t get a part, is there any other way I can get involved?

Absolutely. We are always looking for assistance with lighting; sound; marketing; sponsorship; costumes; set; front-of-house; backstage and other aspects of productions.

What if I have other questions?

Please email info@dubaidramagroup.com


Call for Directors – April 2014

Interested in Directing?

Call for Directors – April 2014

Dubai Drama Group is looking for potential Directors for a performance of one act / short plays in early April.

If you are interested, please email info@dubaidramagroup.com with some brief information about your directing or theatrical experience.

You do not need to have a specific play in mind, as we can suggest some potential scripts.

If you have a specific play in mind, please provide some information about this as follows:

Short Plays or One Act Plays that you would be interested in directing/producing
Cast Size of your proposed project(s)
Any specific Tech Requirements for the project(s)
Any specific, challenging or unusual Set/Costume/Prop/Staging Requirements for the project(s).


Thank You

Well done to the cast & crew of ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’ for a wonderful production.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to:

Our Title Sponsor: 7DAYS

Our Event Partners: Radio 2; Explorer Publishing; Dubai London Clinic; The Lime Tree Cafe; and DUCTAC.

Dubai International Academy

Creative Force

Jon Poole

Kapythel LLC

Cityland Tailors

Guillaume Nallet

Mike Green

Lara Matossian-Roberts

American School of Dubai

Thank you all for your support for community theatre in Dubai.


Tickets for ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’ now available at Time Out Tickets!


Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – Ticket Pre-Booking at DUCTAC Box Office

 

Don’t miss Dubai Drama Group’s production of ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’ this month at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates.

Tickets can be pre-booked at the DUCTAC Box Office (04 341 4777) and will be available online at Time Out Tickets very soon.

Dubai Drama Group’s production of ‘Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead’ is made possible by the generous support of 7Days. The show is also supported by our official partners: Radio 2; Explorer Publishing; Lime Tree Cafe; and Dubai London Clinic.

 


Dubai Drama Group Sponsorship Appeal

Dubai Drama Group is currently looking for a corporate sponsor for our next production: ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’ by Tom Stoppard; to be performed at the Kilachand Studio Theatre at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, in late January 2014.

Sponsoring a Dubai Drama Group production is a highly cost-effective way to achieve a high level of brand exposure and impact, as well as supporting non-profit grassroots culture in Dubai. The publicity campaign for the show will include online advertising, social media, print and radio advertising. Our media and publicity partners for this event include Radio 2; Explorer Publishing; 7Days; The Lime Tree Café; and Dubai London Clinic.

Please help spread the word as community theatre productions in Dubai are only possible with the support of corporate sponsors.

For more information regarding this sponsorship opportunity with Dubai Drama Group, please contact:

Hani Yakan: 050 491 2609 / haniyakan@gmail.com

Zain Sheikh: 056 102 7363 / zainarshad@hotmail.com

 


Metamorphosis Photos

Photos from the opening weekend of Metamorphosis. Don’t miss the final three shows this weekend!

Performances will take place at ‘thejamjar’, directions can be found if you follow the link:
http://www.thejamjardubai.com/

Dates and time of shows are as follows:
5th, 6th and 7th December – Doors open 7pm / 7.30pm start.

Entry is free, there is a suggested donation of 50AED.

http://www.dubaidramagroup.com/metamorphosis


Dubai Drama Group Presents ‘Metamorphosis’ – 29th Nov – 7th Dec

Can you imagine waking up to find that you’ve morphed into an enormous, monstrous insect? Dubai Drama Group’s production of Metamorphosis brings that imagination into life. It is a study in the neurosis of a family and the subsequent interactions based on their deliberate misunderstandings of each other’s point of view when confronted by a huge change in their collective situation. The family’s main provider, the son Gregor, awakes one morning to find himself transformed into a gigantic insect. Is this a physicalisation of his inner turmoil or a protective mechanism projected onto those around him?

In this particular interpretation of Metamorphosis, Dubai Drama Group has set out to challenge Dubai theatre-going audiences through the use of Total Theatre and using ensemble movement to portray the psychological workings of both the man who has woken up to find that he has morphed into a giant insect and his family as they deal with the burden of looking after this grotesque creature.

Performances will take place at ‘the jamjar’, directions can be found if you follow the link
http://www.thejamjardubai.com/

Dates and time of shows are as follows:
29th and 30th November 7.30pm start.
5th, 6th and 7th December 7.30pm start.