People always complain about the lack of culture in Dubai. I wouldn't say that there is a lack of culture, I'd say there a lack of quality culture. If you know where to look for it, you will find theatre, art and hipster places, you just need to be curious. Conveniently, most socialites will tell you they have no time for curiosity (but they will fit 3 cocktail parties in their evening).
I do admit I haven't seen a lot of good plays here. My last attempt was a memorable disaster: the first time I actually left the theatre at the intermission, but, in the name of curiosity, I gave Dubai theatre an other go and I got rewarded for that: last week I witnessed real proper theatre in the city of all eccentricities. It was witty, spot on, very well performed, lively, comprehensible (you'd think that's a prerequisite... hours of not so arty absurdity taught me it wasn't) and I didn't even look at my watch. Kafta's Metamorphosis isn't an easy piece, and involving the audience in the story of a boy changing into a beetle (and the torments of his family) is a challenge, which is why I want to salute both the performance of the actors and the directors.
The play will be performed by Dubai Drama Group on the 5th, 6th and 7th December at the Jam Jar in Al Quoz. It is free, it is only one hour and it is good so in the name of curiosity, please go!
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