Dubai diners offered chance to eat with actors still in character

London-based theatre company introduces new theatrical dining experience
Dubai diners offered chance to eat with actors still in character
By Lubna Hamdan
Thu 15 Jan 2015 11:15 AM

Dubai diners are being offered the chance to share a meal with actors appearing in character, and to join in on an improvised conversation.

The new eating concept is being launched by London-based theatre company Angry Bairds (AB). Its theatrical dining experience, “EAT Dubai,” will take place starting January 14 – 22 at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in Bur Dubai.

The diners will sit down for a traditional Emirati sharing meal with five actors, during which they will be treated to an hour-long play depicting cultural stereotypes.

The adapted play will consist of five different characters who, throughout the dinner courses, will reveal much more about themselves than they had first intended to.

The thought-provoking concept was developed by AB founders Nazish Khan and Sophie Foster. The Dubai shows have also been created by a local team including Emirati director Thabit Al Mawaly, writer Farheen Khan, and director and choreographer Nina Hein.

The cast will consist of Emma, a British expat who is hosting the dinner to promote local culture, her husband Dave, who thinks she has strayed too far from her British roots, Kim, an opinionated Lebanese who wants a husband with a Ferrari, Ali, a local Emirati who is following his dream career of being a stand-up comedian, and Bruce the waiter, who, through very eccentric ways, wants to promote his Filipino culture.

According to Khan, the purpose of the show is to provoke thought and explore attitudes and prejudices towards different cultures.

EAT Dubai was based on AB’s sell out show EAT London, which tackled unhealthy dieting fads and eating disorders.

Because of Dubai’s vast pool of nationalities, AB decided to re-create the show using cultural stereotyping instead.

AB is a London-based theatre company that was founded by City University MA graduates Nazish Khan and Sophie Foster. Since 2011, it has created five-star sell out shows in the United Kingdom.

Other productions of AB include POLE FACTOR, a play about mental illness, Islamaphobia, and the culture of reality celebrities, which sold out at the Vault Festival London 2014.

EAT Dubai tickets are available for AED278 ($75), including dinner fees, on www.eventbrite.co.uk.

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