SUAD Theatre Group presents: a dark comedy & hybrid show
This season, the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Theatre group revisits a script devised by students who courageously worked online during the pandemic, translating award-winning playwright Wajdi Mouawad’s play Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilettes. The group created a Zoom play, featuring performers located in numerous cities around the world.
In this production, actors live on stage interact with performers on video projected on the set. The SUAD Theatre Group has taken on the challenge of this hybrid project, combining theatre and film. In addition to mix media, the multilingual cast performs portions of the script in English, French, and Arabic.
Mouawad’s play is a burlesque, dark comedy. Characters in an absurd family feud are forced to live together in one apartment, where the only washroom is occupied by a defiant adolescent. The piece is allegory of war, displacement and isolation, all too ominous in a post-pandemic world. Here the theatre offers a way of reflecting artfully on these pertinent and relatable issues.
This academic year, SUAD students and actors practiced scenes with on-screen actors, in an abstract and virtual set.
MEETING WITH ONE OF FRANCE’S NATIONAL THEATRES
In 2021, the SUAD theatre group had the great honour to be invited on a private virtual tour of the Parisian Théâtre de la Colline, one of 5 national theatres supported by the Ministry of Culture in France, under the directorship of Wajdi Mouawad, award-winning playwright whose work the SUAD group has adapted again this year.
This is the group’s first production at Zayed theatre since the pandemic. All are welcome free of charge 24 March 2022. Doors open 6:30pm. Show starts at 7pm. 14 days valid PCR is required.