In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the world premiere of Dubailand by Carmen Nasr runs at the Finborough Theatre.
Dubailand won new playwright Carmen Nasr a 2017 Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Bursary at the Finborough Theatre, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
Playwright Carmen Nasr is a British-Lebanese playwright, and is currently Channel 4 Playwright in Residence Scheme, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation at the Finborough Theatre, following a spell as Playwright on Attachment. Dubailand relieved a staged reading at Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. Her first play, The House of My Father received a staged reading at Vibrant 2014 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and was also part of the annual Nour Festival of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African Art and Culture. In 2015, The House of My Father was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. She was shortlisted for the OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award 2015.
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An oasis of free enterprise, no income taxes, no unions, no opposition parties. A paradise of consumption. A skyline on crack. Urban planning on steroids - Dubai.
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