Welcome to Season 2019-20
One World Shakespeare Company 2019
Founder and CEO Alison Shan Price MBE, 35 years resident in the Middle East was awarded an MBE in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11’s New Year’s Honours List, 2017, for services to Dramatic Arts in Kuwait and the Gulf Region, the Middle East, spanning over 20 years of developing the Arts in the Middle East. In June 2001, as the Representative for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Kuwait, with the patronage of HM Ambassador Mr Richard Muir, Alison introduced accredited UK Performance & Communication Examinations into Kuwait. Alison founded the One World Shakespeare Festival in 2012 and in 2015, began adapting for stage original books and directing bilingual productions under the National Council of Culture Arts and Letters of Kuwait, hosted by Dar al Athar Cultural Centre, which have won acclaim on the world stage at the Edinburgh Festivals in 2016 & 2017. (Please open the shows’ pages for descriptions and names of the creative teams). Sponsorship of the development of multicultural artists and refugee art programmes and charities is of paramount importance with many ex-students progressing to international drama schools and positions in the global entertainment industry. She is a patron of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her award for International Drama was presented for the first time in 2018 in UK and Kuwait.
Congratulations to Dr Diana Sfeir for her one-woman acclaimed and continuing production in Lebanon. Diana is an Associate Artist of One World Actors Centre and the Arabic language director/ designer of our shows. In 2015, she took a leading role of the Arabic Antigone in ‘Antigone-an Arabian Tragedy’ and The Mother in ‘The Blue Box-Memories of Children of War’ at the Edinburgh Festival 2015/16. An international actress having worked in Paris and Cannes, we are privileged to have her as a member of our Ceative Team.
Congratulations to director Hamad al Jenaie ( Woman in Black , Sweeney Todd) for the resounding success of ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ in March, to celebrate 120 Years of Friendship between Kuwait & Great Britain in association the British Embassy of Kuwait.
Hamad is an Associate Artist of One World Actors Centre and Artist director of ‘The Woman in Black’ , ‘Antigone’ in Arabic for NCCAL and ‘Sweeney Todd’. Hamad holds Gold Medals in Musical Theatre and Acting from LAMDA. It is a privilege to have Hamad as a member of our Creative Team.
Wishing all LAMDA Examination candidates every success in LAMDA Performance and Communication examinations in May.
The Blue Box: Memories Of The Children Of War based on stories from the book The Blue Box received a standing ovation at the World Premiere at DAI Cultural Centre in Kuwait in April 2016 and a coveted 5- star rating at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, for its heartfelt portrayal of the stories of children affected by war.
The bilingual English-Arabic production premiered under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Paula al Sabah and Sheikha Yasmine al Sabah at Dar Noor Kuwait in November 2015. In April 2016 it received its World Premiere at DAI Yarmouk Cultural Centre under the National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters in April 2016 to sell-out audiences. With a cast of forty of our multicultural actors, the production explored different perspectives and stories of children affected by war, as told in the blue box. In August 2016 it received its International Premiere at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe produced by Eleni Price.
A Game of Hide and Seek
Based on the book by Syrian- French teenager Emma Abdullah and current issues and adapted for stage by Director Alison Shan Price, the production was accompanied by original music and songs by Harriet Petherick Bushman and Arabic script by Dr Diana Sfeir. Costumes were designed by Abdala al Awadhi of Kuwait with a backdrop by UN award winning photographer Islam Mardini of Aleppo, Syria.
We give gracious thanks to our sponsors, without whom the production would not have been possible:
Alghanim Industries (Platinum)
The Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah (White Gold)
JAMM Art Advisory and Dar Noor (Gold)
Al Abjar Holdings (Bronze)
Ian & Friends (Pearl)
CEE Kuwait (Media)
TAQA Kuwait and Bayt Lothan Cultural Centre
ANTIGONE: AN ARABIAN TRAGEDY completed its international run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on 15th August 2015 after a week at Greenside Venues Nicholson Square, Edinburgh. It ‘fascinated’ audience members and received a 4-star review from premiere online reviewer Broadway Baby.
Spanning 2000 years, the production revolved around how the story of Antigone is universally repeated throughout the ages to the same climatic result. For ‘when your name is Antigone, there is only one part you can play, and she must play hers through to the end.’
The production was bilingual English/Arabic and starred Diana Sfeir as the modern Arabian Antigone with Eleni Rebecca as her shadowy celtic counterpart. Both actresses were accompanied by Hamad Al Jenaie and Brian McLaughlin as Creon, Yousef Al Nasser and Ali Naser as Haemon, Frank Cannizzo as Cpt. Jonas and Nour Bizri as Ismene.
Directed by One World CEO Alison Shan Price, It was featured as one of AlWaleed Centre ‘Top Picks’ of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival due to its representation of Arabian Culture and is currently long-listed of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2015.