The April program stands for “less is more”: we will see less performances, but they will be more diverse, unusual, innovative. First, the contemporary dance is “back in town”! Sima Performing Arts has presented a long awaited premier of a dance performance – a combined debut of three female choreographers. This Triple Bill is our “Pick of the Month” – if you haven’t seen it yet, you still have a chance: there will be 4 performances in April. The Arts Center at NYUAD offers a live digital theatrical experience – “Theatre for One: Here We Are” brings one actor and one audiencer together to watch one of five new micro-plays – definitely a less familiar and innovative way to experience theatre! And The Junction shows two premiers – a drama BETRAYAL and a comedy HOLMES & WATSON. And as each month, lot’s of improv theatre and NT Live screening at Courtyard Playhouse. For more information, check our overview below.
*Cover photo courtesy of Sima Performing Arts. Photography Hasan Al Sayed.
Our Top Pick Of The Month
TRIPPLE BILL PERFORMANCE: “FALL”, “SENTIENCE”, “1001 FEET”
Contemporary Dance | Sima Performing Arts | APR 2 & 9, @ 6 & 8pm | Entrance: 105 AED
Tripple premier and choreographic debut. Three women from different corners of the world premiere their choreographic work in a combined 50-minute contemporary dance production, performed by lead artists of Sima Dance Company. More about each performance and the artists in our article (Press the button bellow).
Performances For Children and Families
Magic Phil’s Staying Silly at Sea
Family Entertainment | Theatre by QE2 | APR 9 & 10 | Entrance: 100 AED +
Following 5 SELL OUT shows in 2020 Magic Phil is back with a brand new ship sailing adventure! Join the UAE’s Favourite Children’s Magician, Magic Phil as he brings a barrel load of laughs, a plank load of silliness, a cabin full of chuckles and a bucket full of tricks to the QE2 this April!
WHAT COMES NEXT?
Improvised Kids’ Storytime | The Courtyard Playhouse | APR 16, 23 & 30 @ 11:30am | Entrance: exclusive to members*
We ask the kids ‘What Comes Next’…then we do it! We have no idea if we will be telling one story about a journey of friendship between a boy and his snail, or four tall tales about fantastic beasts – the kids decide everything!
Whether it’s building a spaceship, catching Santa, or battling a Dragon, this is storytelling at its most spontaneous and creative. Based on the exercise by Keith Johnstone, ‘What Comes Next’ teaches children how to act, play, tell stories, and trust their instincts in a cataclysm of creative collaboration!
*To gain access to Improvised Kids Storytime, you have to purchase a membership. More information on the website.
Performances For General Public
BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter
Drama | The Junction | APR 1 – 3 @ 7:30 pm, APR 3 @ 3pm | Entrance: 80 AED +
A story about relationships, self-discovery, trust, and circumstances leading to breaking of it.Revolving around the lives of Emma, Jerry, and Robert who are all betraying one another. The play starts in the present and then goes in reverse chronological order! A hard-hitting dramatic masterpiece! An officially licensed performance of Harald Pinter’s most celebrated and performed work.
Presented by TallTale Productions
Directed by Sikendar Hemani
THEATRE FOR ONE: HERE WE ARE
Digital Theatre | The Arts Center at NYUAD | APR 7 – 11, between 8 & 9:30pm | Entrance: free of charge BUT online reservation is required
A personal theatrical experience – One on one, a short play unfolds for you.
Take part in a live digital theatrical experience that brings together one actor and one audiencer to watch one of five new micro-plays which speak to these times we are in. Theatre For One elevates a vibrant chorus of voices creating deeply personal works that resonate in this shared moment.
While Theatre For One: Here We Are is inspired by the pandemic, the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and the Black Lives Matter, We See You WAT, and other movements fighting racism, the Here We Are writers have contributed works that span a spectrum of ideas and points of view.
Theatre For One: Here We Are is made by many. Each performance last around 10 minutes. For each ticket booked, you will experience one of randomly selected performances. For the list of performances and more information, check the events website.
HOLMES & WATSON
Comedy | The Junction | APR 7 – 10 @ 7:30pm, APR 10 @ 2:30pm | Entrance: from 80 AED
Three years after the mysterious death of beloved detective Sherlock Holmes off Reichenbach Falls, Dr. John H. Watson receives a telegram that suggests his old friend may still be alive. The mysterious wire was sent from a doctor who states that three patients in his asylum’s care have each claimed to be the late Sherlock Holmes. Watson embarks on a journey to disprove these claims. Could Sherlock Holmes really be alive after all this time?
SUNDAY NIGHT COMEDY: THIS IS IMPRO
Impro Theatre | The Courtyard Playhouse | APR 11, 18 & 25 @ 8pm | Entrance: RSVP, donations expected
This is Impro is an evening of scenes, stories and narrative improvisation influenced by our audience’s suggestions and featuring our most experienced performers.
Impro Theatre | The Courtyard Playhouse | APR 14, 21 & 28 @ 8pm | Entrance: RSVP, donations expected
Fast-paced, unpredictable, and hilarious. Ten of Dubai’s virtuoso actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. You score the players on a scale of 1 to 5, and after each round, the players with the lowest scores are eliminated. When only one remains they are crowned the Maestro!
NO MAN’S LAND
NT Live Screening | The Courtyard Playhouse | APR 15 & 16 @ 8pm | Entrance: RSVP, donations expected
No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart lead the cast in this glorious revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic. One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Following a hit run on Broadway, No Man’s Land was captured from the West End in London in 2016.
*To gain access to NT Live screenings, you need to purchase the membership. More information on the website.
Impro Theatre | The Courtyard Playhouse | APR 19 & 26 @ 8pm | Entrance: RSVP, donations expected
A brand-new show featuring a spicy mix of star-crossed lovers, angry parents, long-lost relatives and villainous siblings, all created on the spot by our Courtyard Players improvisers and starring a member of the audience! Cheer on the heroes, boo the villains, listen to love songs and watch as our improvisers weave melodramatic tales of fame, fortune and serendipity in the greatest Bollywood story ever told.
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