Short+Sweet Dubai is Dubai's biggest and best short play festival and brings together Dubai's top theatre groups - Aish Outt Productions, Backstage, Danu, Dubai Drama Group, Natakwale, Orb Theatricals, Theatrewallas, Theatrics and Third Half Theatre. In addition many local schools and universities participate in the festival including The American School of Dubai, The American University of Dubai, Heriot-Watt University, Wollongong University, Emirates Aviation College and Maplewood International School.
Held annually every January to March since 2012 the festival includes something for everyone - comedy, drama, romance and thrillers – and all in just 10 minutes. Plays presented in the festival include the best 10-minute plays from around the world as well as scripts by some of Dubai’s top playwrights, brought to life by Dubai's top actors, directors and theatre companies.
Short+Sweet Dubai 2016 ran from January 29th to March 11th at The Junction Theatre in Alserkal Avenue and the Madinat Theatre @ Souk Madinat.
To find out the full Festival Schedule and Results CLICK HERE
48 Hour Theatre
Constellation in partnership with The Junction presents a unique concept in Dubai - 48 hour theatre!
Are you up for a new challenge?
Can you write, direct and produce a play in only 48 hours?
Coming soon 24-26 November 2016
Screen Acting Classes
Constellation regularly runs Screen Acting Classes tutored by Dubai's top screen acting teacher, Blake Stemm
The courses are great value and start with Beginners Level 1 Classes right through to Advanced and Showcase levels.
The classes are hands on with participants experiencing the chance to work on camera at every class and receive immediate feedback to improve their on-screen technique.
Courses run regularly throughout the year.
Our 6 week autumn term 2016 screen acting classes start in September.
Level 1 - Sunday 18 September to Sunday23 October
Level 2 - Wednesday 21 September to Wednesday 26 October
To find out further information or to sign up simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
Corporate Drama Workshops
Constellation runs professional tailor-made corporate training sessions through the medium of theatre.
Recent corporate clients include Chanel, Emaar, Roche, Merck,BP and BPG.
The techniques we use in our training sessions to break down the conventional barriers in corporate thinking are the same ones we use on stage. By employing improvisation techniques, drama exercises, role play and forum theatre, Constellation helps individuals, teams and whole companies start to communicate and work together more effectively.
Constellation workshops provide communication and creative skills training that will teach you to:
· Promote creative and adaptive problem solving · Overcome blocks to creativity and promote organisational innovation · Foster better communication · Build trust and support in teams · Accelerate and improve individual and group decision making · Enhance focus and concentration
Constellation has tailor-made corporate training sessions for a range of businesses from large multi-national corporations to forward thinking SMEs in the UK and the UAE. We can provide training sessions in-house or off-site for an hour, half a day or a full day session. We will closely work with you to ensure that we provide exactly the type of training that is relevant to your company's individual needs.
To discuss a Corporate Workshop that is right for your company simply email us at email@example.com
Stage Acting Classes
Constellation hosts an extensive range of Stage Acting and LAMDA classes throughout the year.
Classes are run by leading Dubai theatre director and acting tutor Liz Hadaway as well as experienced guest tutors.
Courses focus on all the key aspects of acting for stage such as Voice, Physicality, Characterization and Script Analysis. We also run courses in Stanislavski Method Acting and Berkoff Method Acting.
Constellation are also Dubai's leading adult LAMDA teachers.
Courses are run throughout the year. To find out about our next Stage Acting or LAMDA classes just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS LAMDA?
LAMDA examinations in Acting use the preparation and performance of dramatic scenes to support the development of self-confidence and communication skills. By portraying other characters, actors can explore a range of different personalities and emotions. The development of a clear speaking voice and good body language are also an integral part of the exam.
Group Acting examinations help actors to develop self-awareness and empathy, encouraging them to take on a different character for the purposes of performance and to be an active member of the team.
As part of this course actors will have the opportunity to take up to 2 examinations in Dubai with an external examiner from the UK:
Solo or Duo plus Group Acting
LAMDA, one of the world’s oldest acting schools, based in London has been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 150 years. Almost 90,000 candidates took LAMDA examinations in over 30 countries last year, making LAMDA the largest internationally recognised drama awarding body.
Through examinations LAMDA empowers and inspires individuals across the globe – providing them with a means to improve acting and communication skills, increase self-confidence and develop strong social skills, regardless of their experience or ability.
To sign up for the LAMDA course or for further information please email email@example.com or call us on 04 438 5574 or 052 761 40 55.
Constellation creates mall shows for various holiday and special occasions in the UAE such as National Day, Eid, Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Summer Surprises, Halloween and New Year.
Shows are usually based on traditional or popular children’s tales such as:
·The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
·Alice in Wonderland
·Beauty and the Beast
·Jack and the Beanstalk
·Little Red Riding Hood
·1001 Arabian Nights
·Sinbad the Sailor
We have everything from ten minutes to one hour shows that can be tailored to suit very specific client and venue requirements. If you would like to hire a fully produced theatrical production for your mall please contact us to discuss your requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org
Short+Sweet Dance Festival
Short+Sweet Dance is a festival of 10 minute dance pieces. It provides a platform for independent choreographers, dancers, and companies to experiment with new ideas, concepts and movement styles. Short+Sweet Dance develops emerging talent, fosters industry relations, and develops new audiences for dance.
Short+Sweet Dance caters to audiences who want to experience new dance works served to them in pint-sized presentations.
Participants can gain professional recognition by winning awards such as:
Most Outstanding Choreography
Best New Talent
Most Promising Male Dancer
Most Promising Female Dancer
People’s Choice Award
To find out more about Short+Sweet Dance simply email Aishwarya at email@example.com
Schools' Theatre Productions
Constellation specialises in touring exciting new productions of classical and modern plays as well as theatrical adaptations of novels to schools and colleges in the UAE and beyond.
The plays allow children and young people to see exciting new theatre performances of texts they are studying in school. The productions can also be accompanied by workshops to support the learning experience.
Any student taking English, Drama or Theatre Studies whether following the UK, US or any other curriculum will find that their course features a number of set play texts. These will almost certainly include a Shakespeare play or two, with typical choices including Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Twelfth Night or Romeo and Juliet. Alongside these will be other classical and modern plays, with popular choices including Journey’s End, An Inspector Calls, The Crucible and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Whatever the play, studying the printed texts is the obvious starting point - indeed, it's essential. There is however no substitute for experiencing the plays as they are meant to be experienced - in other words seen, rather than read; indeed many examination boards specifically advise watching a professional production.
Watching a live production makes the play, quite simply, more enjoyable. Students who may struggle with comprehension of a written text, or simply lack the desire to learn about it at all, will suddenly grasp what it is about. In addition, the plot becomes clear. The characters come to life, as does the way they relate to and interact with each other. In particular in the case of Elizabethan or Jacobean drama, the language and the historical context also become more accessible. Constellation creates professional productions of a high artistic standard that are enjoyable and relevant for students.
Not surprisingly, more pleasure and increased understanding is likely to be reflected in much higher grades and by watching a production together as a class, motivating and teaching students becomes more straightforward.
Schools’ Theatre Workshops
Constellation delivers an extensive programme of drama workshops for schools and colleges addressing a wide range of relevant examination texts for English Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies students. With over 25 years’ experience in the field, our workshop leaders are an intrinsic element of our work; we are drama workshop specialists.
Constellation delivers clear, practical schools drama workshops which aim to make students think, to fire their imagination and unlock their creativity.
Our teaching style is practical, accessible and down-to-earth. Drama workshops are conducted in a friendly, easy-going atmosphere in which everyone gets involved and contributes to the best of his or her ability.
Our Drama workshops cover examination texts that help students answer exam questions on key topics or produce top grade coursework.
We aim to complement and reinforce the work of the classroom teachers whilst introducing the students to fresh ways of approaching texts and topics.
Our Drama workshops are tailored to an individual school’s needs, so to some extent structure and content depend on what you are looking for.
A typical Drama workshop is between 1.5 to 2 hours in length for up to 25-30 students at GCSE and 18 at A-level. We have however worked with much smaller groups and larger numbers can also be accommodated by negotiation.
To find out more about our School's workshops email us at firstname.lastname@example.org