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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Twelfth Night

This doesn't happen very often: you pick the phone and you are asked if you'd like to bring a new production of a play of your choice by Shakespeare to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain followed by five days in Damascus. You find yourself saying "er, yes" and six weeks later you're in rehearsals with a brand new director rehearsing Shakespeare's great comedy with a fantastic group of actors.

The show opened last week in Birmingham and ran for four tremendously fun performances and two days later we were in Abu Dhabi as guests of the Abu Dhabi Festival.

We performed our first two shows today which went wonderfully well and tomorrow we head to Dubai.

We are being looked after marvellously by the festival organisers and the media seem very excited by the production. So we're looking forward to the week ahead.

Er, yes. I'm glad I picked up the phone.


At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. I'm an English teacher at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi, and I found out just this morning from my some of my 10th-grade students what a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we've missed to watch the very play we've just started studying. You have no idea how much I'm Kicking Myself for being so clueless, especially since I've recently been successful at making connections between my classroom and all the new cultural offerings here and in Dubai. I'm Very Upset With Myself. Anyway, I hope you all had a good turnout in the UAE and will come back soon. Please know you'll have a very keen audience from ACS!

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Keb said...

I am so happy that this spot of culture is coming to Al Ain! I found out by accident that it was on and then was lucky enough to pick up some tickets for myself and my daughter. Can't wait!

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Neal Foster said...

So sorry you missed us. We've had a fabulous time here already and can't wait to come to Al Ain.

This truly has been a magical experience.


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