Welcome to Season 2016-17
NEW YEAR’S HONOUR’S LIST 2017
We begin with congratulations to our Founder and CEO Alison Shan Price MBE for being awarded this honour in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honours List, 2017, for services to Dramatic Arts in Kuwait and the Gulf Region spanning 20 years. In 2015 Alison began adapting for stage 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 Festival’s in 2016 & 17. (Please open the shows’ pages)
”Cross-cultural creation is the perfect way to show the world our friendship and similarities” Alison Shan Price (2015)
SWEENEY TODD by Stephen Sondheim produced by Hamad Al Jenaie of Kuwait.
Congratulations to producer Hamad al Jenaie (Sweeney Todd) for the resounding success of Stephen Sondheim”s Tony Award winning musical in December at Live Theatre.
In December 2016 we were delighted to co-produce the International Musical Theatre production debut of artistic director and lead character Hamad al Jenaie–Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. Based on the gruesome, true events in Eighteenth Century England, which fascinated the public at the time, Stephen Sondheim’s dynamic Tony Award winning musical Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the tale of the barber with a dark past. Due to his desire for revenge and skills with a razor Sweeney went into the ‘pie-making’ business with the disreputable Mrs Lovett played by UK singer/ actress Balqis Duvall. The pair was responsible for the disappearance of over 160 people. Immortalised in Tim Burton’s film, by Johnny Depp as Sweeney, the production was performed at The Live Theatre between 07-10 December to sell-out audiences. Under the musical directorship of Richard Bushman, stage directorship & costuming of Alison Shan Price, set design by Diana Sfeir & D-Design and vocal coaching and accompanying by Harriet Bushman, One World Actors joined with AMG and nine piece orchestra to transport audiences to Victorian England.
We are honoured to have been invited by DAI Yarmouk Cultural Centre to open the Young Actors Studio in their state of the Art building and for our International Company 2017 to present the premiere, in April 2017, of its new production (to be announced) as part of the 22nd DAI Cultural Season under the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (for the third year running). We launch our Youth Actors Alumni of Kuwait page this year and are proud to include successes in the entertainment industry.
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.