What kind of theatre are young artists in the Arab world making? How are they voicing their hopes, thoughts and concerns? Merging Middle Eastern art and UK innovation, Gulf Stage is a unique digital project conceived by the British Council that encourages connections and conversations between young artists and audiences. The project has filmed a series of performances by emerging Gulf theatre companies and made them available to the world, for free.

‘I’ll start drawing again. I’ll draw… the life that you don’t want to see. But this time I’ll draw in the sky because you can’t reach it. I’ll draw in the sea because it’s so deep… I’ll keep drawing and drawing even after all of you leave this hall.’

You… Me… The Human… is the UK premiere screening of an award-winning theatre production from Qatar. It draws together a series of stories that explore human conflict, artistic freedom and the struggle to assert one’s individual identity. This event includes a behind-the-scenes documentary and a panel discussion with Gulf Stage’s creative team.

‘Gives British theatre an invaluable opportunity to look outwards’ The Guardian on Gulf Stage.


Friday 15 July 2011
ICA Cinema 1

Free, booking required: http://www.ica.org.uk/?lid=29717


Gulf Stage is presented in partnership with the British Council, Digital Theatre, the Ministry of Culture Qatar, Arts and Heritage, and the Qatar Foundation. The series also includes work from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates. Find out more: www.digitaltheatre.com/gulfstage

Part of Shubbak, the capital’s first ever celebration of contemporary culture from across the Arab world presented by The Mayor of London: http://www.london.gov.uk/shubbak