TOP 40

VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE

TOP 40 Week 1 7.30 pm Fri Feb 3 and Sat Feb 4

TOP 40 Week 2 7.30 pm Fri Feb 10 and Sat Feb 11

TOP 40 Week 3 7.30 pm Fri Feb 17 and Sat Feb 18

 

TOP 40 Week 4 3 pm and 8pm Fri 24 Feb

 

WILDCARDS

VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE

Wildcards 1 2.30 pm Sat Feb 4

Wildcards 2 2.30 pm Sat Feb 11

Wildcards 3 2.30 pm Sat Feb 18

 

WILDCARDS FINAL

VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE

3 pm Saturday 25 February

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE FINAL

VENUE: THE JUNCTION, AL SERKAL AVENUE

8 pm Saturday 25 February

RED CARPET GALA FINAL

VENUE: THE MADINAT THEATRE, MADINAT JUMEIRAH

7 pm Friday 10 March

TOP 40 Week 1 7.30 pm Fri Feb 3 and Sat Feb 4

Note – plays are listed in running order

1. Smile for the Camera

Writer: Akshay Gehi (India/UAE) Director: Sikendar Hemani  ITC: Drama Galleries

Cast : Abraham Vaddakan (Raulph), Siddhant Singla (Ben), Syed Imad (Henry), Benjamin Samuel (John), Sanket Pathare (Barman)

After a long hard day at work, four miners decide to go drinking at an old bar suggested by their young new colleague. Watch out what happens when this tough lot loosens up to smile for the camera.

2: Killing Bambi

Writer: Loris Siekman  Director: Aaqeel Shariff   ITC: Aish Outt Productions

3. The Renaissance

Writer: Nilesh Deshpande (India/UAE) Director: Nilesh Deshpande Music & Lights: Neil  ITC: Natakwale

Cast: Advait, Aishwarya, Anvay, Aryan, Atharva, Dhruv, Ishaan, Saie, Srushti, Vedant, Yash

If people are trying to bully you and bring you down, you can either fight back or win them over with your kindness and helpfulness. The story of a 14 yr old boy who overcomes his problems and emerges victorious.

4. Auction

Writer: Peri Desai (Iceland/India/UAE)  Director: Peri Desai

Cast: Marie Dullaghan (Anna), Frank Dullaghan (Auctioneer)

Learn Anna’s story through the things she is selling today.

5. Murder by Midnight

Writer: Jeff Goode (USA)  Directors: Aida Laubach and Lisa Harter   ITC: ASD Adult Theatre

Cast: Kristopher Williams (Dick Piston, hotel detective), Nadine Kabbani (woman), Mark Schmidt (bellhop)

Hotel detective Dick Piston has less than ten minutes to solve the brutal murder of a regular hotel guest, or risk losing her case to the day shift. A ten-minute mystery.

6. Her 70th Birthday

Writer: Farheen Khan (UK/UAE) Director: Farheen Khan  ITC: Orb Theatricals

Cast: Kuv Sharma (Tommy), Hiba Khan (Melanie), George Ansatasiades (Ryan), Justin Cipriano (Alan), Ruth Badley (Aunt B)

It’s Her 70th birthday. A time to celebrate her life with family and friends. Or is it? A story full of family drama, long lasting feuds and revelations.

7. Checkmate

Writer: CJ Single (UK/UAE)  Director: CJ Single   ITC: DDG

Cast: Karl Lewisham (Robert), Adam Hackney (Sergei)

Two Chess players face off for one final contest. They’ve played this game many times before, but this time the stakes are higher than they can possibly imagine.

8. The Flowers

Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia) Director: Sabiha Majgaonkar  ITC: Orb Theatricals

Cast: Joelle Thomas (Sam)

Sam is a walking disaster – for others. But there is something that doesn’t get affected by her cursed presence. Will this change the course of her life or is she doomed to be unbreakable but alone?

9. A Very Brief Encounter

Writer: Suzy Wilds (Australia)  Director: Osman Aboubakr   ITC: H72 Productions

Cast: Ramya Balasubramanian (Nisha), Jennifer Mauerhofer (Jo)

Life is a long a winding road

10. The Detective

Writer: Ritesh Soni  Director: Wayne Dorsey  ITC: Upstage Entertainment

Cast: Tashia Dorsey (Gerri), James Kinnard (Walter), Sandy Buckner (Anne), Kyla Dorsey (Madame Ose)

A woman suspects her husband’s suicide is actually a murder.  Without help for the police, she decides to hire two private detectives who have an unique way of solving crimes.

Wildcard Week 1 2.30 pm Sat Feb 4

Note – plays are listed in running order

1. Adopt or What?

Writer: Zakaia Cvitanovich & Sanoop Dinesh (Abu Dhabi)  Director: Sanooop Dinesh  ITC: Beyond the Veil

Cast: Ro Gilbert (Advika) and Sanoop Dinesh (Samar)

A couple, under tremendous pressure to procreate, discuss alternative ways of starting a family. But will their parents agree? Are they even ready to have a family?

2. Enjoy!

Writer: Pamela Western (Australia)  Director: Mara Carpencu Pop

Cast: Prithvi Nikhil Lopez (Waiter), Ahmed Syed (Jack), Preethi Vijayakumar (Alice)

Jack and Alice, who are about to split up, are in a trendy restaurant. They never actually get around to eating, or talking about their relationship, because an over enthusiastic waiter keeps interrupting them.

3. Objectum Sexuality

Writer: Ron Burch (USA)  Director: Syeda Aisha Atif   ITC: Heriot-Watt University

Cast: Ram Sridhar (Dr. Santos), Syeda Aisha Atif (Ash)

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, in humans and in animals. But do you really think that this world has finally given complete meaning to Love? What is normal in Love..? Is Love even normal..? To see a different perspective to this expression, don’t miss this.

4. The Lady and “The Tyger” or William Blake’s “How I Met Your Mother”

Writer: Trace Crawford  Director: by the ensemble, with music by Majd Qasem   ITC: The American University in Dubai Theatre Society

Cast: Rasheed Hattab (Man) Anahit Tshughurya (Woman) Majd Qasem (busker)

How do you meet a nice guy these days? Go online? Smile politely across a crowded room at a party? Or maybe you run towards him, screaming like crazy…

5.  Machochism Tango

Writer: Bruce Kane (USA)  Director: Vaishali Balgu   ITC: Drama Galleries

Cast: Sikendar Hemani (Ted) & Nisha bajaria (Babara)

Romance and commitment get turned inside out when two emotional masochists form a relationship based on mutual rejection featuring one man and one women.

6. The Re-birth of Pre-menopausal Widow

Writer: Tashia Dorsey  (USA/UAE) Director: Tashia Dorsey   ITC: Upstage Entertainment

Cast: Tashia Dorsey (The PM Widow)

The Pre-Menopausal Widow was reborn out of the suspicious and untimely death of her husband. Empowered by tragedy she builds a media empire empowering other women to soar like eagles.

7. No More Mr Nice Guy

Writer: Jonathan Rand (USA) Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley  ITC: ASD

Cast: Tuana Fayyad (Detective Kimball) Hayden Leever (Detective Mills), Austin Turner (Sheldon), Wyatt Sage (Cop), Alizeh Habib (Cop)

Sheldon is the nicest guy in town but unfortunately by law this town prohibits being a nice guy. Will a crash course from a pair of local police detectives and a very special specialist, help him learn to be a jerk fast enough to stay out of prison?

8. When Babies Fly

Writer: Steve Korbar (USA)  Director: Preethi Vijayakumar

Cast: Mara Carpencu Pop (Susan), Prithvi Nikhil Lopez (Sean)

One a red eye flight from Dubai to London, a screaming child prompts a couple to find romantic attraction through their mutual dislike of children. If you’ve ever been on a flight with crying babies (who hasn’t?!), this play will ring a bell.

9. A Foolish Boy

Writer: Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic (Canada)  Director: Stephen Delano   ITC: Maplewood International School

Cast: Aryaan Ahmed, Safwan Khan, Omar Wehbe, Abdulla El Hage, Yaser Alkahlout, Hayder Abbas Hamad

Several actors retell a hilarious Serbian folk tale. Or is it Scottish? Italian? Or could it just be….Canadian?

 

TOP 40 Week 2 7.30 pm Fri Feb 10 and Sat Feb 11

Note – plays are NOT listed in running order

1. Next

Writer: Jesse Macpherson (Canada/UAE)  Director: Ryan D’sa   ITC: Orb Theatricals

Cast: Ryan D’sa (Director), Nikhil Mittal (Writer), Joseph Peter (Thomas Johnson), Chris McDermott (Boss), Mara Carpencu Pop (Nancy), Hamza Merchant (Jean-Marc Garneux), Yash Bhardwaj (Gary Bent), Hazel Lucas (Nancy’s Mother)

The troupe have been rehearsing and preparing endlessly for their play, but every actor has their own agenda.

2. Lain Meta

Writer: Rosine Saad (Lebanon/UAE) Director: Rosine Saad

3. H72 Play

Writer: TBA  Director: Anish Rao  ITC: H72 Productions

4. The Landlady

Writer: Adaption from Roald Dahl’s short story The Landlady by Danú writers’ workshop (Ireland/Dubai) Director: Lucy McFeely   ITC: Danu Dubai

Cast: Ronan Dennehy (Billy Weaver), Aileen Kelly (The landlady)

Mr Billy Weaver has arrived in Bath to begin his new job as an accountant. Looking for a place to stay for the night, he enters a quaint Bed and Breakfast run by a friendly old landlady, who seems will do just about anything to keep her guests satisfied.

5. ASD Adult Theatre

6. I Was There

 

Writer: Sam Guzman (USA)  Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley   ITC: ASD Student Theatre

 

Cast: Dania Abdul Rahman (Elizabeth), Seth McKenzie Cheer (Greg), Shahryar Hasnani (Aaron), Cyrstal Goh Rawding (Kristen), Anya Singh (Lauren), Kaan Akkaya (DJ), Megan Gupta (Becca), Amina Elmasry (Emily)

 

A group of students recount the intimate and horrific details of a school shooting. It’s a haunting examination told through a series of monologues about what leads someone to take the lives of their fellow students, and how those who survive cope with the tragedy.

 

7. Happy Death Day To You (Lunar Eclipse Part 2)

 

Writer: Pawan Manghnani (India/UAE)  Director: Pawan Manghnani    ITC: Aish Outt Productions

 

8. Curtain Call

 

Writer: Seán Ó Súilleabháin (Ireland/UAE) Director: Seán Ó Súilleabháin

 

Cast: Campbell Tennis (Krapp), Lucy McFeely (Nurse), Johnny Dillon (Lear)

 

An old actor’s last few moments on his death bed. Nobody has come to see him apart from two mysterious visitors from his past.

 

9. Leave this Town

 

Writer: Farheen Khan (UK/UAE)  Director: Sandra Spencer

 

Cast: Ramilus Taha (Caine), Christina Blu (Kaycee), Marco Emilio Khalil Barghi (Adam), Lamya Tawfik (Irene),Ryan D’sa (Big Mo)

 

In an American town where nothing ever happens, will a stranger disturb the humdrum of rural life?

 

10. Diary of a Break up Break down

 

Writer: Alex Broun (Australia/UAE) Director: Chandni Varma

 

 

 

TOP 40 Week 3 7.30 pm Fri Feb 17 and Sat Feb 18

 

Note – plays are NOT listed in running order

 

1. Unfinished Business

 

Writer: John McDermott  Director: Greg Lunn

 

2. A Lumberjack, A Eunuch and A Pope: Each man lives many lives

 

Writer: James Hutchison (Canada) Director: Kirin Hilliar

 

Cast: Greg Lunn (Mr. Kensington), Kirin Hilliar (Clerk), Justin Cipriano (Attendant)

 

Mr. Kensington has died without learning the true meaning of life and must plead his case for another chance or be returned to earth as a slug.

 

3. Playing Chicken

 

Writer: Phil Apaza (USA/UAE) Director: Phil Apaza

 

4. Going Once, Going Twice

 

Writer: Cerise de Gelder (Australia) Director: Joelle Thomas   ITC: Orb Theatricals

 

Cast: Sabiha Majgaonkar (Trish), Joelle Thomas (Grace)

 

Trish and Micheal’s dinner invitation is a great opportunity for Grace to push her agenda of Max’s promotion. Grace conveys this to Trish who is more than willing to help. However Grace finds something far more valuable that she desperately wants. Will Trish give this to Grace so easily?

 

5. Captain Everything

 

Writer: TBA  Director: Gautam Goenka   ITC: H72 Productions

 

6. A Very Brief Encounter

 

Writer: Suzy Wilds  Director: Osman Aboubakr   ITC: H72 Productions

 

7. A Defenceless Creature

 

Writer: Neil Simon (USA)  Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley  ITC: ASD Student Theatre

 

Cast: Dania Abdulla (Lady), Arman Sadighian (Banker), Hana Zaimovic (Banker Assistant), Emma Tarr (Banker Assistant)

 

An obnoxious peasant woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money (from the play “The Good Doctor”)

 

8. Punkedtuat!on

 

Writer: Lamya Tawfik (Egypt/UAE) Director: Lamya Tawfik

 

Cast: Phil Apaza (Exclamation Mark), Kirin Hilliar (Capital Letters), Michela Contini (Hashtag), Emma Haylan Hall (Colon), Sherouk Zakaria (Full Stop), Jasmin Neuschaefer (Left Parenthesis), Rami Bayram (Right Parenthesis), Carla Risborg (Lady 1), Lamya Tawfik (Lady 2)

 

They have been misused and abused and, frankly, they have had enough! This is a story about what could happen if you push the buttons of your buttons. WARNING: #itaintpretty

 

9. Sinfully Yours

 

Writer: Biju Viswambaran (India/UAE) Director: Mili Baji

 

10. Coming Out

 

Writer: Zorian Cross (India)  Director: Ankita Rao  ITC: H72 Productions

 

 

 

TOP 40 Week 4 3 pm and 8 pm Fri Feb 24

 

Note – plays are NOT listed in running order

 

1. This Was Our Music

 

Writer: Mike Rothschild  Director: Jaidev Sanketi

 

2. Blue Wire, Red Wire

 

Writer: Albert Jamae  Director: Kailash Nair & Humera Sultana   ITC: Orb Theatricals

 

3. H72 Play

 

Writer: TBA  Director: Rashmi Kotriwala   ITC: H72 Productions

 

4. Going Viral

 

Writer: Brandon M. Crose  Director: Minali Patel   ITC: Third Half Theatre

 

5. Heaven Knows

 

Writer: Iobel Andemicael (USA/UAE)  Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley   ITC: ASD Student Theatre

 

Cast: Danya Itani (Angel Eve), Fahad Alhaj (Angel Abel), Yasmine Barbes (Hannah), Ethan Samandan (Bilal), Dana Albraik (Alicia), Rania Khan (Penelope)

 

If you had the ability to see, and alter, the future of someone you loved, would you? Should you?

 

6. I Still Love You Two (Part 3)

 

Writer: Manish Keshwani  (India/UAE) Director: Manish Keshwani   ITC: Aish Outt Productions

 

7. Understanding Peanut

 

Writer: Rita Martinos (Lebanon/UAE)  Director: Jasmin Neuschaefer

 

Cast: Lamya Tawfik (Tania), Vaishali Balgu (Jasmine), Kuv Shurma (Greg), Jasmin Neuschaefer (Kay)

 

A young couple, wanting to uncover the mystery behind their dog’s sudden depression, hire a pet psychic. After the psychic reveals the dog’s once-best-kept secrets, she refuses to leave the house in fear for her life.

 

8. 3 Bin – Liners

 

Writer: Rory Kilalea  Director: Rory Kilalea   ITC: Murungu Productions

 

9. Blind

 

Writer: Chris McDermott (UK/UAE)  Director: Chris McDermott

 

 

 

Wildcard Week 1 2.30 pm Sat Feb 4

 

Note – plays are NOT listed in running order

 

1. The Lady and “The Tyger” or William Blake’s “How I Met Your Mother”

 

Writer: Trace Crawford  Director: by the ensemble, with music by Majd Qasem   ITC: The American University in Dubai Theatre Society

 

Cast: Rasheed Hattab (Man) Anahit Tshughurya (Woman) Majd Qasem (busker)

 

How do you meet a nice guy these days? Go online? Smile politely across a crowded room at a party? Or maybe you run towards him, screaming like crazy…

 

2. The Re-birth of Pre-menopausal Widow

 

Writer: Tashia Dorsey  Director: Tashia Dorsey   ITC: Upstage Entertainment

 

3. No More Mr Nice Guy

 

Writer: Jonathan Rand (USA) Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley  ITC: ASD

 

Cast: Tuana Fayyad (Detective Kimball) Hayden Leever (Detective Mills), Austin Turner (Sheldon), Wyatt Sage (Cop), Alizeh Habib (Cop)

 

Sheldon is the nicest guy in town but unfortunately by law this town prohibits being a nice guy. Will a crash course from a pair of local police detectives and a very special specialist, help him learn to be a jerk fast enough to stay out of prison?

 

4. Objectum Sexuality

 

Writer: Ron Burch  Director: Syeda Aisha Atif   ITC: Heriot-Watt University

 

5.  Machochism Tango

 

Writer: Bruce Kane  Director: Vaishali Balgu   ITC: Drama Galleries

 

6. Enjoy!

 

Writer: Pamela Western  Director: Mara Carpencu Pop

 

7. When Babies Fly

 

Writer: Steve Korbar  Director: Preethi Vijayakumar

 

8. A Foolish Boy

 

Writer: Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic  Director: Stephen Delano   ITC: Maplewood International School

 

 

 

Wildcard Week 2 2.30 pm Sat Feb 11

 

Note – plays are NOT listed in running order

 

1. Halloween

 

Writer: Sabiha Majgaonkar (India/UAE)  Director: Priyanka Gheriya   ITC: Orb Theatricals

 

Cast: Hetav Madani (Alex), Uzair Mustafa (Sam), Khalil Boukhris (Edward), Monica Chatterjee (Ellie), Fiza Afreen (Elaine) & Chirtopher McDermott (Mr. Ben)

 

A bunch of teenagers have given up celebrating Halloween, however they like to entertain themselves by watching and making fun of the other kids celebrating. Find out their story as they get ready to have some fun (again) this Halloween.

 

2. Master Who?

 

Writer: Sai Bhaswana Ghate (India/UAE) Director: Hitesh Rajani   ITC: Aish Outt Productions

 

3. L’audizione

 

Writer: Lillo & Greg  Director: Michela Contini

 

4. Dr. Love

 

Writer: Michel Nassar (Lebanon/UAE)  Director: Michel Nassar

 

Cast: Michel Nassar (Dr. Love), TBD (the girls)

 

Dr. Love’s wisdom, live on stage, is one of his best lectures introducing the simple and effective methods of how to make a woman fall in love

 

5. The Turtle Doves

 

Writer: Priyanka Pratab & Seline Mary  Director: Benjamin Samuel

 

6. Bob Gets Cast Out Of Hell

 

Writer: Robert O’Connell  Director: Emaan Abdulaziz

 

7. The Gift

 

Writer: Najwa Yassir (Canadian-Palestinian/UAE)  Director: Najwa Yassir

 

Cast: Carla Risborg (Pauline)

 

Pauline has the gift of giving presents, but  those closest to her don’t always reciprocate. Why is it bad behaviour to be ungracious about receiving a terrible gift but good behaviour to give one?

 

8. TBA

 

Writer: Hurr Al Dali Director: Hurr Al Dali   ITC: Resuscitation Theatre

 

9. Fire

 

Writer: Carol Dance  Director: Chetna Vaidyanathan   ITC: Manipal University

 

10. My Maid and I

 

Writer: Simone McGregor  Director: Simone McGregor

 

 

 

Wildcard Week 3 2.30 pm Sat Feb 18

 

Note – plays are NOT listed in running order

 

1. Waiting for Go

 

Writer: Elspeth Tilley  Director: Samantha Rowberry

 

2. Just Playing

 

Writer: Ruth Badley (UK/UAE)  Director: Ruth Badley

 

Cast: Greg Lunn (Mike), Ahmed Syed (George), Ruth Badley (Director), Tim Badley (road accident victim / Mike 2)

 

Mike has stage fright and George, his blabbermouth co-star, isn’t helping.  And then there’s the script.  When two worlds collide, even the director won’t know who’s pretending! A black comedy about actors and acting.

 

3. Played for a Snap

 

Writer: Rex McGregor Director: Shifa Ahsan & Sadiya Parvez   ITC: Heriot-Watt University

 

4. Museum of Very Premium Art

 

Writer: Mohd. Abid  Director: Mohd. Abid

 

5. Collision: Short and Sweet

 

Writer: Factory Theatre Ensemble (UAE)  Director: Hazel Lucas and Keda Zeat Kane   ITC: FATE

 

Cast: Anirudh Mahesh (Male), Melina Rad (Female), Lyra Christie (Chorus), Alicia Karskov (Chorus), Alisha Gupta (Chorus)

 

Collision: Short and Sweet throws a spotlight on the biggest global cause of death in young people…road traffic accidents, by examining one tragic real life story and the lives affected by one mistake.

 

6. Bondservant

 

Writer: William Orem Director: Mehak Srivastava   ITC: Manipal University

 

7. Short+Sweet Acting Workshop 1

 

8. Short+Sweet Acting Workshop 2

 

9. Avalanche

 

Writer: Sarah Greet (USA)  Director: Gemma Taylor, Courtney Bennett, Phil Ridley  ITC: ASD Student Theatre

 

Cast: Marieke Bosman (Clarice), Theo Gyra (Barry)

 

The trapped skiers wait for help that may never come.

 

10. UOW play

 

Writer: TBA  Director: TBA  ITC: UOW

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