Summer 2018 Acting for Adults classes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

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ACT TOO acting classes for adults will run this summer 2018 in Abu Dhabi at Sorbonne Université Zayed theatre on Reem Island from July 15 to July 19 and in Dubai at The Junction H72 in Al Serkal Avenue from July 22 to August 1.

Designed for both absolute beginners and more experienced performers in search of skills-maintenance, the Acting Foundations course offers a progressive approach to learning the art of acting using a variety of methods by leading practitioners such as Boal, Grotowski and Lecoq. Sessions cover improvisation, voice & movement, character development, scene study, and presentation style, plus Shakespeare for beginners in the Dubai programme. In creative and professional theatre settings, training involves theatre games-playing, informative talks, acting exercises, scene-creations, and performing before peers.

Extra study material, such as play synopses & scene samples, is provided online. Dress code is comfortable clothing allowing free movement for low-impact physical activities.

Respecting individuality while also fostering group-work is a core value of this acting programme, running since 2015. Beyond artistic development students can also benefit from boosting communication and interpersonal skills.

Course is taught by Sorbonne Université Abu Dhabi theatre instructor, director Sol Abiad, M.A. Performance Bristol University, U.K., B.A.H. Drama Queen’s University, Canada.

Timings: 7:30-9:30 pm weekdays

Tuition: AED 1,200 for 5 sessions in Abu Dhabi, AED 1,500 for 6 sessions in Dubai (special 20% off for past performers at The Junction)

For schedules & updates, check: what’s on page. Write to: for more information.



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  • performance training & development workshops
  • focusing on non-verbal communication, creative thinking, and ensemble work
  • 2-day workshop culminates in a short video based on Méliès & Verne work

Sample of Georges Méliès film based on Jules Verne stories:

“filmed in the overtly theatrical style for which Méliès became famous.”

About the workshop:

The Méliès silent film is used as a base for this workshop to focus on telling a story through the body. By purposefully omitting the audible or verbal, session work aims to enhance the physical aspect of an actor’s performance. Exercises lead students to sharpen their visual and corporeal articulation while also finding a balance between stylized and authentic ways of communicating. The physical performance skills students develop will be applied to the creation of a short film. With a stand-still camera recording in Méliès’ style, this practical project will also hone team-work and creative thinking.

The making of this fun short minute film is used as a conduit to develop important acting skills students take away from the workshop, learning from a variety of methods by leading stage directors and practitioners including: Jersy Grotowski, Rudoplh Laban, & Jacques Lecoq.

Project idea genesis: sparked by attending the brilliant creation by Vigier and Di Fonzo Bo on March 25th 2018 at Théâtre National de la Danse, Paris. Serendipitously heartened by visiting Louvre Abu Dhabi shortly thereafter.

About Le Voyage Dans La Lune:

Apart from fantastic science-fiction, Jules Verne also wrote plays. One of them was the very successful Un Voyage à Travers l’Impossible from which Méliès drew inspiration, taking a few artistic liberties… Along with pioneer woman film-maker, Alice Guy-Blaché (whom, by the way, also used the gramophone to provide sound to her movies; hers thus pre-dating the officially recognised talkies), stage magician George Méliès was among the first to use the medium of film to create a fictional story. Until then, cameras were mostly used to document real life. Though Les Frères Lumière reportedly refused to sell him a camera, he eventually sourced one and it was a happy technical mis-hap with equipment that led him to figure out that he could also do magic tricks on film. Hence he is also credited with being the first to create “special effects” in cinema. Le Voyage Dans La Lune is said to be the first sci-fi movie in history in 1902 and Méliès starred in the movie himself.  Coloured versions were also painstakingly made at the time*, rendering it a visual extravaganza.

Méliès was portrayed by Ben Kingsley in Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film entitled Hugo.

Le Voyage Dans La Lune has also earned its place at Louvre Abu Dhabi in a temporary exhibit called “Globes: Visions of the World” and screened in a permanent collection area in museum gallery 10.


On Lecoq and physical theatre:

Le Voyage Dans La Lune in colour, featuring original music score by French band, Air:

* Prints of A Trip to the Moon were hand-colored by Elisabeth Thuillier’s coloring lab in Paris.

About a trip to the moon: 

About Méliès:éliès

A Jules Verne theatrical production:à_travers_l%27Impossible

Acting for Adults in Dubai: Dream, Boldness, Power

slide1Huge thanks and Alf Mabrook to the wonderful graduates of the Acting for Adults course at DUCTAC for a superb showcase finale in December at Kilachand Studio Theatre!

To get a glimpse of their tremendous work and talent, check out the ACT TOO blog and read about the local stars’ experiences on:

Check for details on our upcoming acting classes for adults starting October 25th at DUCTAC.


ACT TOOActing for Adults showcase in Dubai December 14th 8pm at Kilachand Studio Theatre, DUCTAC.dec-14-ductac-showcase

After a great long weekend and a week filled with film-art & stardom in Dubai, the ACT TOO student acting group at DUCTAC also celebrate their course finale with a special showcase this December at Kilachand Studio Theatre.

A soirée  of solos, scenes, and fantastic short plays will take audiences through a sample of theatre throughout the ages. Performing excerpts of Arthur Miller, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Yasmina Reza, Neil Simon, and, of course, Shakespeare plays, the ACT TOO troupe presents an evening of comedy, drama, all you can imagine in between, and even features a hilarious interactive play with a twist.

To catch the wonderful panoply of characters all-in-one evening, played by budding local talent, head over to Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre at Mall of the Emirates Level 2 this December 14th. Doors open 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm. Tickets: AED 50 at the door.