“I want to be rich. I was always fighting against it, like it was a dirty secret or something.
And now I’ve got it, I can have whatever I want. I don’t have to worry about anything.
I don’t have to care about anything. I don’t even have to pretend I care.”
In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the world premiere of Dubailand by Carmen Nasr runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing nine Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 5 February 2017 (Press Night: Monday, 6 February 2017 at 7.30pm).
An oasis of free enterprise, no income taxes, no unions, no opposition parties. A paradise of consumption. A skyline on crack. Urban planning on steroids – Dubai.
On the 88th floor of an unfinished skyscraper in the Emirate’s glittering skyline, the life of a migrant labourer becomes fatefully intertwined with that of Jamie, a British expat with his eye on the big time.
Exploring the plight of Dubai’s migrant labour force, this urgent new play asks how much longer we can look the other way.
Dubailand won new playwright Carmen Nasr a 2017 Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Bursary at the Finborough Theatre, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
Playwright Carmen Nasr is a British-Lebanese playwright, and is currently Channel 4 Playwright in Residence Scheme, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation at the Finborough Theatre, following a spell as Playwright on Attachment. Dubailand relieved a staged reading at Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. Her first play, The House of My Father received a staged reading at Vibrant 2014 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and was also part of the annual Nour Festival of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African Art and Culture. In 2015, The House of My Father was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. She was shortlisted for the OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award 2015.
Director Georgie Staight trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and is currently Joint Artistic Director at Flux Theatre. Direction includes Dreamless Sleep (Arts Theatre), Bridle (Emerge at the Tristan Bates Theatre), Doomed Resistance (Arcola Theatre) and Next of Kin (Bristol Old Vic Studio). She is also a playwright and has directed her own work, the adaptation and world premiere of Deborah Levy’s Billy and Girl (Karamel Theatre), Let There Be Light (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Blue Moon (Clifton Theatre, Bristol).
The world premiere
by Carmen Nasr.
Directed by Georgie Staight. Produced by Caley Powell.
Presented by Flux Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
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