A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Alison Shan Price MBE (awarded for services to Dramatic Arts in Kuwait and The Middle East), FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society)
Welcome to Our Season 2019-20!
It has been 20 years since we launched our first multicultural theatre training programmes in Kuwait, in 1999, under the name KAST, and I am so proud of every single alumni, no matter what field they went into. Many are now doing so well, around the world, in the professional entertainment business. All are unique.
We had a tremendous year at One World Actors Centre. The first half of our season was packed with productions and workshops, the second moved effortlessly online in the pandemic as we all flew to our native countries.
Hitting the ground running, from September to December our Education Department ran our interactive and empowering YAS Young Actors Studio and Actors Studio (16+) training programmes at TAQA Productions Studios.
SEPTEMBER: Opening the Season
OWAC’s Production House opened the Season, with a sold-out Theatre-in-the-Round production of the heart-warming play of Michelle Magorian’s children’s book, adapted for stage by David Wood, and under license by Samuel French Ltd. Goodnight Mr Tom, hosted by TAQA Productions. Starring Brian McLaughlin as Mr Tom and Boris Mihaylov as William Beech, our Actors and Youth Companies brought tears to and laughter from our 1940 costumed audience .
OCTOBER: Living History in Arabia
1. Our Theatre in Education T.I.E. workshop: Gertrude Bell Explores Arabia
In association with The Children’s Art Workshop CAW at The DAI Amricani Cultural Centre, and with the kind support of ‘The Gertrude Bell Exhibition'(UNESCO protected) @Newcastle University OWAC bought the History of Arabia to children through drama. Accompanying Gertrude (played by workshop creator, Alison Shan Price) in travel, shopping in the Arabic Souks (markets), learning to ride a camel, desert raids and archeological digs, ended with a tremendous tour of the children’s museum of the al Sabah Collection, led by DAI mini docents.
2. Our original production, for the Gulf Festival The Place I Call Home: At Home with the Dicksons
Presented at the Dickson House Cultural Centre as part of the ‘120 Year Celebrations of UK -Kuwait Friendship’ kwuk120, sponsored by the British Council, The Kuwait National Council for Culture Arts & Letters, The British Embassy, DAI & Ffotogallery Wales.
Brian McLaughlin as Lt. Colonel Harold Dickson, milk-brother of the Anizah tribe, British Political Agent 1929-37) and Kuwait Oil Company liaison officer for H.H. Sheikh Ahmad al Sabah,(1937-59), Alison Shan Price, as Dame Violet Dickson, who lived in Kuwait until 1990, and Hamad al Jenaie as the property manager Mohammed.
NOVEMBER: National Premiere of HAMLET
Hamad al Jenaie’s HAMLET by William Shakespeare, as part of the 25th Cultural Season of Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah and The National Council for Culture Arts & Letters, took Kuwait by storm. It included schools & university session for examination purposes and Media interviews. Starring Yousef al Nasser as Hamlet the production, set in a mental asylum focussed on contemporary themes of mental trauma caused by loss, betrayal, being unable to speak and continual observation.
DECEMBER: OWAC & THE KUWAIT CENTRE LAMDA EXAMINATIONS AWARD CEREMONY
Kindly hosted by international art patron Sheikha Paula al Sabah and Sheikha Yasmine al Sabah in which we were honoured to present The Dame Judi Dench Shakespeare Award to Hamad al Jenaie, of Kuwait. Thank you so much for your tremendous support of our Shapearean programmes, Dame Judi! Our Guests of Honour were Dr Lavinia Davenport, of The British Embassy, and Dr Joyce Mordecai.
Congratulations Hamad al Jenaie, Director, Actor and Recipient of The Dame Judi Dench Shakespeare Award !
Hamad (dir: Woman in Black, Sweeney Todd, Shakespeare in the Park) is an Associate Artist of One World Actors Centre, holding Gold Medals at Grade 8, in Musical Theatre & Acting from LAMDA, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and the LAMDA Shakespeare Certificate (with Distinction). Hamad is also the recipient of The Adam Darius Award for Exeptional Performance, 2017, and The Alison Shan Price Award for International Drama, 2018. It is a privilege to have Hamad as a member of our Creative Team.
JANUARY, 2020: @daikuwait
We celebrated entering the new decade by relocating our training programmes to Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah, Yarmouk Cultural Centre.
We are in gratitude to H.H. Sheikha Hussa al Sabah, Director General of the Dar and Al Sabah Art Collection, for her tremendous support. We thank Hooda Shawa and TAQA Productions for their invaluable support over the years.
MARCH: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Celebrating with our outstanding actresses. Powerful women. Passionate about what they believe in.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, sadly our contact programmes and shows were postponed during the crisis, including HAMLET’S international premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2020.
However, we have been very active in our online programme with our students in different parts of the world participating in Speech, Acting and Storytelling programmes. And Nurse Tia went viral with a message for children.
Nurse Tia with her own script and costume
We are delighted to have our second publication in WORD MATTERS, the Journal of Teachers of Speech and Drama, 70.1 ( Summer, 2020)
We hope that you are safe wherever you are, take care. We look forward to the time when we can see you again.