Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 March 2018

Short+Sweet Dubai festival to conclude with showcase of 11 productions

Eleven bite-sized plays chosen by Dubai's theatre-going audience in the four-week Short+Sweet Festival will be showcased at the Red Carpet Gala Night at Madinat Theatre on March 11.

Baindu Kalokoh in Platform Tales 2. Credit PhotoAcaciaLtd
Baindu Kalokoh in Platform Tales 2. Credit PhotoAcaciaLtd

Last month, the theatre-going audience in Dubai were put in the judge’s chair to pass their verdict on the finest 10-minute productions staged by resident drama groups in the UAE. Now in it’s fourth year, the Short+Sweet Dubai — an extension of the international Short+Sweet Festivals that originated in Australia — will conclude on March 11 with a showcase of 11 of those selected fast-theatre productions at Madinat Theatre The best plays, actors and directors will also be awarded at the Red Carpet Gala that night.

Guided by Voices

Writer: Mark Konik

Director: Gautam Goenka; Backstage Productions

A chance meeting of two strangers at an airport turns into a comical scenario when the inner voice of the attractive marketer trying to woo a cute chemist takes over and makes him act oddly.

Platform Tales

Writer/Director: Baindu Kalokoh

Abu Dhabi resident Baindu Kalokoh debuted this one-woman play in the inaugural Short+Sweet Festival Abu Dhabi in January where it received positive feedback from the audience. The monologue about her humorous encounters in a New York subway struck a chord with drama enthusiasts in Dubai as well, putting her right through to the finals.

The Tragic Queen

Writer/Director: Sanjeev Dixit; Third Half Theatre

This 10-minute musical by Short+Sweet 2015 winner Dixit has an abundance of over-the-top drama about princesses and ill-fated lovers with an 18-member singing and dancing ensemble.

Greek Civil (Out of) Service

Language: Greek

Writer/Director: Constance Kratsa; Thespis Greek Theatre

This wild card entry in the festival is about a Greek citizen who wants to inherit property from her recently deceased mother and faces several hurdles on the way.


Language: Hindi

Writer: Jayant Pawar

Director: Nilesh Deshpande; Natakwale

The play is set-up as an internal battle within people in the form of a human instinct and an animal instinct towards situations of struggle, wars and peace.

Intelligent Design

Writer: Clifford Keen

Director: Sabhia Majgaonkar; Orb Theatricals

Designers in God’s council need to collaborate to create a perfectly designed man, but they struggle to put all the pieces together.

Three’s a Crowd

Writers: Yasmina Hatem, Gloria Abou Diwan, Ghadi Yaghi

Director: Ghadi Yaghi

Three Lebanese-nationals from different walks of life find themselves sitting next to each other on a plane from Beirut to Dubai, resulting in light moments that provide insights into the life of an expat.

A Trip Down the Lethe

Writer: Sean O Suilleabhain

Director: Sean O Suilleabhain

Mr Spooner wants to book a surprise holiday for his wife on their 40th wedding anniversary. But his good intentions don’t turn out as planned.

New Year’s Eve

Writer: David MacGregor

Director: Dharam Veer Sood; Third Half Theatre

This play by US-based playwright David McGregor is a self-reflective poignant piece on ageing, death and the point of existence. It is being performed by the Third Half Theatre at the festival.

Hair Ye, Hair Ye …

Writer/Director: Baindu Kalokoh

Kalokoh’s second play in the festival, which gained the popular vote, is one woman’s comedic reflection on her afro-textured hair.

Ya Welcome Ya Welcome

Writer/Director: Rosine Saad

Stan-up comic Saad’s social satire brought the house down when it was first performed during the festival. Subtly touching on the theme of “vaasta” (influence), this 10-minute comedy has Emirati and expat actors enacting a day at a licensing department in Dubai.

• The Short+Sweet Gala Night takes place at Madinat Theatre on March 11 from 7pm. Tickets are from Dh100 on www.madinattheatre.com.