Welcome to Season 2019-20

A Message from our Founder and Director Alison Shan Price MBE (awarded for services to Dramatic Arts in Kuwait and The Middle East)

Alison Shan Price MBE LAMDA Representative

Welcome to Season 2019-20!

Happy New Year and a creative new decade! 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. All are unique and pass on their creative talent.

We have a tremendous programme scheduled  for you this Season at One World Actors Centre.

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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, which included  the interactive Living History workshop: Gertrude Bell Explores Arabia in association with The Children’s Art Workshop CAW at The DAI Amricani Cultural Centre.

Alison Shan Price MBE as Gertrude Bell

OWAC’s  Production House opened the Season, in September, with a 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.

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We followed this closely, in October, with our original production, for the Gulf Festival The Place I Call Home, of At Home with the Dicksons at the Dickson House Museum, as part of the 120 Year Celebrations of UK -Kuwait Friendship, kwuk120, sponsored by the British Council, The National Council for Culture Arts & Letters,  The British Embassy, DAI & Ffotogallery Wales.

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In November, 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.

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In December, we were delighted to present our OWAC & THE KUWAIT CENTRE LAMDA Examinations Award Ceremony kindly hosted by international art patron Sheikha Paula 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 Dame Judi!

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In January, we celebrated entering the new decade by relocating our training programmes to Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah, Yarmouk Cultural Centre and thank 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.

Auditions have begun for our 2020 productions and we are excited to announce that our I AM Woman workshops will be held in celebration of International Women’s Day on 7th March at DAI, Yarmouk Cultural Centre entitled  Safe Space To Creative Space.

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Wishing you every success in your creative ventures!

Alison 🌹

Congratulations Hamad al Jenaie, Director, Actor and Recipient of The Dame Judi Dench Shakespeare Award !

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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.

Wishing all our LAMDA Examination candidates (aged 5 to 65!) every success in UK accredited LAMDA Performance and Communication Examinations in May, 2020.

Boris Mikhalov

The Blue Box: Memories Of The Children Of War

 

cropped-edinburgh-festival-fringe-dir-alison-shan-price_wm_wm.jpg 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.

 

 

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.

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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 FASCINATES AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE

International performance

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.

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